If there’s one common concern people have about chiropractics, it’s the question of whether the practitioner is reputable. It comes up time and time again in web searches, conversations, and online reviews. The idea of subjecting your body to subtle manipulations of the spine in order to correct imbalances may sound good in theory, but when it comes down to actually finding someone to perform those manipulations, people are understandably concerned.
So how do you know your chiropractor can be trusted? What qualities should you look for? Is there anything you should definitely avoid in your search?
Fortunately, there are a lot of people out there looking for a quality chiropractor. That means there are a lot of documented experiences out there. There are plenty of people who have made mistakes, and even more who have found success with chiropractic treatment. Learning from their mistakes, and repeating their successes, give you distinct advantage.
Based on popular feedback and reviews online, here are the five most important signs that your chiropractor is on the up and up.
Experience & Education
The basic qualification for practicing chiropractors in the United States is the doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree. The curriculum requires 4200 of classroom work and hands-on study, which usually takes four years to complete. A bachelor’s degree is required beforehand, however, so the average chiropractor has 7-8 years of post-secondary education. It’s common for highly qualified practitioners to complete 3-4 years of pre-medical study before entering an accredited doctor of chiropractic program. Once licensed, chiropractors have to meet annual training requirements to stay current in their practice.
Every licensed chiropractor will have met these basic requirements. The most skilled among them often branch into other wellness disciplines, including sports medicine or massage therapy. A given practitioner’s web site should tell you all you need to know in this respect.
One of the strongest signs of a good chiropractor is the trail of feedback he or she leaves behind. Chiropractic treatment is popular, and there are many people out there working with different practitioners. Those who get results will built up positive feedback, plain and simple.
Once you’ve made a short list of possibilities, it’s time to make some phone calls and possibly office visits. When you do, look for the following indicators:
- A patient approach, listening to your concerns and symptoms
- Asking you many different questions about your situation
- Short wait times in offices
- Clear fee structures and insurance policies
- Helpful staff
- Clean, well-organized offices with modern amenities
If any of these things are lacking, think carefully about proceeding with chiropractic treatment—there are practitioners out there who set a higher standard of care!
The treatment you need
Finding a chiropractor who can give you solid results doesn’t have to be a wild guess. In fact, if you make an informed decision using relevant information, you have every chance of finding a reputable practitioner. Once you do, it’s just a matter of asking the right questions and volunteering the right information. Remember—chiropractic treatment is a collaboration between patient and doctor. Working with someone you trust and respect is a priority. Good luck!