If you suffer from back pain, aches and pains, and a general feeling of malaise that keeps you from enjoying your daily life activities, consider finding a chiropractor to help you regain your health and vitality. Chiropractic care is a hands-on approach to total wellness, as it promotes balance and healing through proper alignment of the spine.
If you are suffering from pain or a feeling of ill health, it could be that the vertebrae in your spine are out of alignment. A subluxation is a dislocation of the vertebrae out of the spine. Vertebrae that are out of alignment can cause health consequences that affect all systems in the body. Your spine is the hub of the central nervous system—delicate nerves run the length of your spine and allow messages to be sent and received between the brain and other systems of the body. When these nerves become pinched or compromised, messages are not sent and received as they should be, and the result is dysfunction elsewhere in the body.
Finding a good chiropractor—a “how-to”
With the number of professionals in practice out there, how can we find a chiropractor that will attend to us and our unique needs? The following information is intended to demystify the process a bit, and to allow you to find the perfect fit, so that no additional adjustments need to be made when visiting your chiropractor. Follow these steps to find the right chiropractor for you:
Get a referral
If you know someone who already receives chiropractic services, it is worth a conversation with them to see what their experience has been like. Talk to your friend or family member about the benefits that they have experienced as a result of care, as well as any adverse experiences they might have had. Ask for names and numbers of qualified chiropractors that you may be interested in contacting, and make calls to see if they are taking new patients. Knowing that others have had good luck with those you are contacting is helpful in determining which chiropractor is right for you.
Licensure is a vital factor when determining who to go with for chiropractic services. Proper licensure tells you something about a chiropractor’s competency, skills, and the training needed to provide adequate care. Looking to see if a chiropractor has a history of malpractice claims or disciplinary actions will allow you to make informed choices about your care. Choose a professional that you feel comfortable with; someone that has proven him or herself through training and demonstration of their proficiency.
Consider a level of service or specialization
In general, most people feel comfortable going with a chiropractor that has experience; someone that is just starting a practice might not be so desirable, especially if you are suffering from a host of health issues that can be attributed to misalignment. The more experience a chiropractor has, the more effective their treatments are going to be. If you have specific conditions that need to be addressed, seek a chiropractor that has experience in these areas, or perhaps a specialization that can help to treat your unique needs.
Assess their communication style
Some chiropractors are all business, and others like to form friendly and lasting relationships with clients that go beyond mere treatment. Choose a chiropractor that makes you feel comfortable; someone that you can talk to about your needs, and someone that shares your philosophy of health and wellness and is ready to form a treatment plan that you both agree with. You should feel comfortable asking questions, and your chiropractor should be able to give you the information that you need to seek better treatment.
Know what your insurance covers
You can find a chiropractor that you think will be perfect for you, but if they do not accept your insurance plan, your attempt at forming a relationships with them might be in vain. Know what your insurance plan covers, and do some digging to find chiropractors in your area that work with your insurance carrier. If you are prepared to pay out of pocket for a chiropractor that you really like, choose care that you think is worth the expense. Can you really put a price on total health and wellness?
Take the first step to health and wellness!
Chiropractic care offers so many health benefits, both mental and physical, that will enhance your quality of life. You owe it to yourself to make that call today and find chiropractic care that will improve all aspects of your health and wellness. What are you waiting for? Make an appointment today at 205-637-1363
and see what quality chiropractic care can do for you!