You may be looking for a chiropractor because you’ve been suffering from back pain, headaches, neck pain or you’re having trouble with your joints or range of motion. However, before you let just anyone lay their hands on you, consider these four quick tips for choosing the best chiropractor for you.
Get a referral from your doctor
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While you don’t need a referral to see a chiropractor, it can be a good place to start when choosing the best practice for you. Your GP knows your medical history and can recommend a chiropractor who will suit your needs. If you’re seeing a specialist for specific pain or injury, they will know the most reputable and effective chiropractors.
A specialist in your type of pain
There is a myriad of reasons you can choose to consult a chiropractor. It could be for your overall health and wellbeing, or for a specific pain or injury. Whatever the reason, research and find a chiropractor who specialises in the type of treatment you’re looking for. For example, some chiropractors will have a special interest in headaches or migraines and the potential for neck and back pain to be contributing factors. Alternatively, other chiropractors will specialise in the treatment of the sciatic nerve or sacroiliac pain, both of which require targeted and ongoing management.
Choose someone you like
It is important in any health management plan to work with a doctor who listens and understands you. You need to feel comfortable and relaxed in the presence of your chiropractor to explain to them exactly what you’re feeling, and what you think is and isn’t working. Just as everyone has a unique spine, so too does everyone have a unique personality. So make sure you choose a chiropractor you like and you feel you can trust.
Recommends complementary treatments
Chiropractic adjustments are not enough on their own to treat and manage pain, headaches or injuries. Therefore, choose a chiropractor who takes a holistic approach to your care. This means choosing someone who can recommend complementary treatments such as stress management or meditation. Your diet and exercise can also affect your back, neck and joint health and choosing the right chiropractor will mean they can make personal recommendations for you.