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Tips for Choosing a Chiropractor

If you’ve decided that you’d like to take your aches and pains to a chiropractor then your next step is choosing one—a good one. Choosing a chiropractor starts with your preferences. While some may not care about the sex of their chiropractor it is a matter of preference. If you’re more comfortable with one than the other then that’s your starting point which should help to narrow your list.

Choosing a chiropractor also involves taking convenience into consideration. If time or transportation is an issue then you should also narrow down your choices to those who are located closer to your home or work so that you can get to your appointments easily. You should also keep their office hours in mind as they do vary quite a bit. And some offer Saturday appointments—something else to consider and especially if the weekend is the only time you can make it to your appointments.

Now that you’ve got the basics of choosing a chiropractor out of the way you can start focusing on some other points. Depending on the reason your complaint or injury you may want to look for a chiropractor that specializes in a certain type of injury or a specific field of practice, such as one that specializes in sports injuries if you are active in sports yourself. Some injuries are the direct result of sports activities and the repetitive movement from activities like running, so having a chiropractor with a special interest and training in sports injuries can prove especially beneficial. Through the grapevine at your gym or marathon running clinic you may even hear names of chiropractors who are also active in the same sport as you which is a lead to consider.

That last point brings me to the next suggestion for choosing a chiropractor which is leads and referrals. One of the best starting points to finding a good chiropractor is through the referrals and recommendations of others. Ask around and see who your friends or running buddies go to. If you don’t know anyone then check out the websites of some local chiropractors as many post testimonials from patients. You want to choose someone who is not only a certified chiropractor but also someone who has a good ‘bedside manner’ so-to-speak. The last thing you want is to have body parts manipulated by someone with an anger problem! Referrals from others are a good way to rule the bad ones out before ever bothering to make an appointment. In some cases your doctor may be able to refer you to a good chiropractor in your area.

Choosing a chiropractor comes down to finding someone that you’re comfortable with and whom you trust. You want someone who is well trained, experienced and ethical. It’s not unheard of for some chiropractors to want to keep you going back just so they can make money which is why a reference or even just some common sense is important. As long as you keep all of these things in mind then you should have no trouble finding a chiropractor that meets all of your needs.