Ever wonder, “Hum… How do I find a great chiropractor near me?” Friends and family members from out of state have asked me what to look for in a great chiropractor, so they can find a chiropractor near them. So, I have written this article so that you have a general understanding of questions to ask on the phone before picking a chiropractor, or things to be aware of upon entering their office. Your chiropractor has to meet three important factors; someone that listens to you, someone that knows what they are doing, and someone that you trust. There is a lot to deliberate when choosing a chiropractor but if there is a lack of trust, then there is no reason for you to follow their advice, or care recommendations. Here are some things to look for if you’re trying to find a new chiropractor near you, or seeking help for the first time. If you are currently under chiropractic care use these suggestions to determine if they are doing an excellent job, or if you should seek a new chiropractor. I have added commentary below some questions to give people who have never been to a chiropractor a reference point to start from.1) Look at their testimonials. Do they have any? If so, what do they say?
Check their website, Yelp, Facebook, and Google.
2) How long is the examination process? Is/was there an exam?
This is a shocking one. I have personally been to several offices where there was no evaluation that I would even consider to be an examination. Any Spine Chiropractic’s examination is 45 minutes long. This includes a detailed history, orthopedic and chiropractic examinations, functional movement screen, neurological examination, and postural evaluation. Without this very basic information a chiropractor cannot work on the root cause of your complaint, let alone establish wellness care. Be wary if there doesn’t seem to be a detailed evaluation.
3) Did the chiropractor explain to you exactly what YOUR issue is? When they were talking with you, did it sound scripted? Does it seem as if they have said the same exact line to every single person that came before you? Did they listen to your questions, or did they blow them off?4) For the adjustments, how long do they actually spend with you? From the moment you are face to face with the doctor to the time you are off the table. Was it 3 minutes? 5 minutes? 10? 15? Now, all techniques are different, but did you feel like you were rushed through the office? Did it seem like the chiropractor took their time, and checked and rechecked their work?
Adjustments at Any Spine Chiropractic are 15-20 minutes long. This allows us the ability to evaluate how your body is moving that day, and adjust accordingly. This also allows us to recheck our work. Working on the myofascial system ensures that your muscles, or connective tissue, are not pulling the joints out of place as soon as you walk out the door. Your entire musculoskeletal system needs to be in balance. If not, you will lack lasting results and will be reliant on some form of body worker for the foreseeable future.
5) Does the chiropractor listen to what you have to say? Before they put you on the adjusting table did you even see the chiropractor’s face?
If there isn’t a conversation, how is the chiropractor supposed to understand what is going on with YOU.
6) Is the chiropractor only working on your spine? Did they check other joints like your ankles, knees, hips, or shoulders?
Any Spine Chiropractic takes the time and effort to check your extremities. For example: If your ankle is not allowing you to walk correctly, then how will you have a good foundation for your pelvis and lower back to sit on? Your body is a system, and each and every part of it needs to be checked. It doesn’t matter if you just got the air in your tires filled up if the lug nuts are loose…
7) Does the chiropractor do any kind of soft tissue work or fascial release work?8) Does their schedule work with your schedule?9) Do they get back to you if you email or call them?10) How is the office atmosphere? Is it calm? Is it chaotic?
The healing process is much more than just an adjustment. Healing happens internally. Stress is one of the main causes of our health issues today. Your chiropractic office shouldn’t be adding to them.
11) Are there any home exercises that were given to you? You need to be working on yourself outside of the chiropractic office. Even the very best chiropractor has limitations if you do not follow recommendations and exercises outside the office.
Chiropractic is not a magic pill. We give you exercises to do at home to stabilize your foundation and allow you to have better posture. That means strengthening muscles. You have to do that, no one else can.
12) Do they try and educate you on healthy habits and lifestyle changes? Do they have videos, handouts, or articles to help you outside of the office? Do they give you information so that you are better educated to make your own health and wellness decisions?
Even with a long examination and long adjustments your chiropractor will not have the time to talk to you about every aspect of health. A great office will give you educational material on a wide range of health and wellness topics. This will allow you to have a more in-depth background and the ultimate goal is to allow you to make the right health care decisions for you and your loved ones.
13) What does your gut say?
If you walk into an office, or you get a weird vibe on the phone, take that as a hint. If your first thought or instinct is “Gee golly…” or “What the…” Then that probably isn’t the office for you.
I hope this article was helpful in your search of “How do I find a great chiropractor near me”. If you or your loved ones have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.