I have often been asked this question by friends and relatives that don’t live near me. I thought I would share this brilliant guide written by a colleague and fellow Life University alumnus, Dr. Julian Raymond.
How To Find a “Good” Chiropractor
- Rid yourself of the notion that most chiropractors aren’t “good.” It may be true that their views on health might be a little different than what you hear from other practitioners and it may be true that you are told to not trust chiropractors by other practitioners (maybe because there’s competition?), but adjusting the spine is not something that is communicated very well unless you experience it. Most chiropractors are decent adjusters and will serve you very, very well.
- Adjustments do not hurt, typically. You can experience some mild discomfort and a little whoaa!! after an adjustment is given, but you’ll learn to EXPECT that in the future.
- Find 3 chiropractors you like from their Facebook pages, websites, referrals, and GO VISIT THEM! Ask to take a look around the office; ask to watch an adjustment; and ask to know what services they offer. Pick the one that you like.
- I wouldn’t go to chiropractors who go to adjust you without doing a simple exam or taking a history or x-rays (don’t be afraid of x-rays, they tell your doctor so much about your spine that the absolutely minimal risk of x-rays is far out-weighed.) But don’t be alarmed if your chiropractor doesn’t take x-rays, either.
- I wouldn’t go to chiropractors who over-utilize massage therapists. Now, there are few things better for you than a great chiropractor and a great massage therapist, but you want your health goals to dictate what is done in massage. “Fluff and buff” massages are all too common and give a bad reputation to a very honorable profession.
- Don’t be afraid to go to a “sports” chiropractor even if you don’t do sports.
- Don’t go to a chiropractor who bases your care on your insurance coverage. Adjustments should be affordable enough to where you can and you’d want to keep coming monthly for the rest of your life. You brush your teeth every day (hopefully), why not give your spine some maintenance by a professional every 30 days? Trust me, just ask someone who’s older with neck and/or back problems. YOU DON’T WANT TO GO THERE!
- Don’t be afraid to try a new chiropractor if yours moves out of town or retires. He/she isn’t the only person who has adjusted a spine. You can find somebody else that you like. And just because somebody else adjusts you differently doesn’t mean that she/he is doing anything wrong.
- Don’t pay a lot of money up-front.
- Don’t be shy to tell the doctor if you don’t think you’re getting better as quickly as you can. Most chiropractors only want to help their patients, and they love to get feedback from patients.
- Don’t be afraid of a chiropractor who sells supplements. Most of the the crap at the grocery store is made in China, you know, the country that tried to kill our pets with dangerous dog food. If you don’t want supplements, say you don’t want supplements. But unless you eat a perfect diet, you probably need some help!
- Don’t be suspicious if your chiropractor does something that you don’t understand. We go to school for 4 years for 40 hours a week (at least). Ask a question if you have one, but many things that chiropractors do are complicated. You don’t have to know that ibuprofen inhibits cyclo-oxygenase from converting arachidonic acid into prostaglandins to reduce the inflammatory cascade (that triggers nociception) to know that ibuprofen reduces inflammation (inflammation that also causes your stomach to protect itself from the sac of acid you have sitting under your lungs). So why not just let your chiropractor be a chiropractor? You’re paying the money for an expert, so expect one!
- Don’t be a dinosaur and not “believe” in chiropractic. There’s nothing to “believe” in. It’s been proven by scientific methods. It’s been proven through economics as a profession that was attacked from its infancy by the medical world yet is still in nearly every market in the United States. It’s been proven by animals who improve; therefore, there’s not just placebo. It’s been proven by nearly every professional athlete, Olympian, and sports team that has a chiropractor.
There you have it. Hopefully Dr. Raymond’s guide will help someone find the care that they need.