Chiropractic is a unique method of healthcare in many different ways, not the least of which is that it fosters a close relationship between doctor and patient. This is sometimes strange to a person who has never visited a Doctor of Chiropractic before. Because we’re trained to accept being rushed through an examination at our physician’s office, the first meeting with a chiropractor can seem almost strange.
Instead of keeping us waiting in a brightly-lit waiting room for hours just for a few precious moments of time, a chiropractor frequently meets with a new patient for a few minutes before the exam for a discussion. He or she will ask probing questions about the symptoms that brought us in as well as how our health is in general. This is because your chiropractic team believes that a person is much more than the symptoms they’re displaying. Complete health encompasses the mind and the soul, as well as the body.
While chiropractic care is typically begun in response to a physical concern, most patients continue to make appointments over the course of a lifetime, not to fix any certain problem but to maintain a level of health that they’ve become accustomed to. This, combined with the hands-on nature of chiropractic care, naturally fosters a relationship between the doctor and patient.
Finding the Right Chiropractor
Because of the intimate nature of chiropractic care, it’s important to select a doctor you feel comfortable with. Here are a few tips that will help you find the chiropractor of your dreams:
- Before searching out a chiropractor, spend a little time researching the differences between chiropractic methods and deciding which is best for your needs. Some chiropractors adjust spines using instruments, while others believe that the hand is the best tool possible for the job. If you don’t have a strong preference one way or the other, you may want to try the hands-on approach. Not only is it more soothing, but the contact allows your chiropractor to physically feel the impact that the manipulation has on your body.
- Ask your prospective chiropractor how many visits you should expect to make before seeing an improvement. Be realistic in your expectations, as it can take several visits to see a marked improvement if your pain is severe.
- Find out how much your chiropractor’s services are and whether they’re covered under your insurance plan. The good news about chiropractic care is that it’s typically much more affordable than traditional medical care. Most people have no trouble being able to afford chiropractic care, even if they don’t have insurance to cover their treatment.
- Talk to your friends and relatives. A good chiropractor is a gift that most people enjoy sharing with a loved one. They’ll be able to explain what a typical treatment is like with your particular Doctor of Chiropractor and what their personality is like. If bedside manner is important to you, this is a great way to find out what to expect beforehand.
- Read online reviews. While I firmly believe that most online reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, an overall positive or negative group of reviews from a wide range of patients will give you a good idea of whether or not the doctor in question is someone you want to forge a lasting relationship with.
Chiropractic care is a unique type of treatment that’s intimate, affordable and healthy. Instead of forcing yourself into enduring a trip to the physician’s office, chiropractic treatment is something most people look forward to as a treat that they actively enjoy. Make sure your chiropractic team is made up of people you genuinely like and you’ll be guaranteed a pleasurable experience every time.
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