Perhaps you are new to town and looking for that great new chiropractor with whom to build a professional relationship. While it may be easier to find a new doctor – after all, almost everyone has one that they like or alternatively tell you to stay away from – or even a new dentist, finding a new chiropractor is a bit harder. While chiropractics is an established science as well as an art, and while there are many reputable schools training future chiropractors, the fact that this kind of healing touch is still considered to be an alternative form of medicine has kept many people away from these practitioners. Add to this the fact that oftentimes the established medical establishment looks with something akin to suspicion and derision on this genre of practitioners, and it is not surprising that it is hard to find that great chiropractor to help your aching back.
Fortunately, if you follow a few simple steps, you will be rewarded with a gem of a practitioner! First and foremost, consider what you are looking for. Are you looking for a chiropractor who works in close concert with the established medical professions and will consider himself a team member in your care, together with your internist, cardiologist, and any other medical professional whom you choose to entrust with your care? Conversely, you may be looking for someone who will become the supporting pillar of your medical care, and who is more closely aligned with the members of the alternative medical community, and thus might feel more at home discussing your health with an aroma therapist and acupuncturist. Finding out the chiropractor’s philosophy of health care is just as important as learning about her or his skill level and areas of expertise.
Of course, there is no tool as telling about the chiropractic care you may expect to receive as an actual visit to the chiropractor’s office. Do you feel comfortable? Do you feel like you are being rushed? Are the magazines in the waiting room old? Do not laugh! Old magazines in the waiting room of physicians of any discipline have been shown to be equated with antiquated care, philosophy of treatment, and a general lack of communication with the patients. Once you see the doctor, ascertain if she or he is truly listening to you. Do you feel like the doctor is otherwise occupied, or are you consistently interrupted by assistants who need an answer on something? Does the doctor try to finish your sentences for you? Does she or he present you with a diagnosis or treatment plan that is radically different from the one your previous chiropractor had suggested? Keep in mind that this is not necessarily a bad idea; as a matter of fact, if you find that your previous chiropractic treatment has yielded little if any results, a new change of pace might be just what the doctor ordered! Yet if the previous treatment worked, find out why the new doctor wants to change course. Follow these tips, and finding a new chiropractor will be a cinch!
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