Is Your Chiropractor the Real Deal?

By now, you’ve probably heard a fair amount of discussion about chiropractic care and its many benefits. There is no doubt that countless patients find tangible relief from chronic pain and other illnesses through chiropractor treatment. It’s also true that these benefits are achieved without the need for invasive drugs or surgery. In a world where so many forms of treatment bring side effects, chiropractic care offers the benefit of being a natural, non-invasive treatment that addresses underlying causes of pain instead of simply treating the symptoms.

None of this is to say that chiropractic treatment is superior to modern medical treatment, and no reputable chiropractor will make this suggestion. Chiropractic care is not a substitute for medical care, and it’s always best to keep your primary care physician in terms of chiropractic treatment or other modalities of health and wellness that you choose to undertake.

However, it’s accurate to say that not all chiropractors bring the same level of skill, experience, and client care to the table. That’s why it’s more difficult to get an appointment with certain doctors – their standards of quality are very high, and wait times can be long. The most reputable chiropractors are usually very busy as well.

What about the other side of the coin? Is it safe to say there are chiropractors you should avoid?

The answer is clearly ‘yes’ – and making the right decision often involves knowing what to avoid. For example, there may be practitioners out there who have been trained at a reputable school, and have put in the time to earn their doctor of chiropractic qualification – but they simply aren’t the most caring or personable practitioners. There may also be chiropractors that aren’t very honest and up front about their fee structures. Finally, it’s possible to visit a practitioner who simply does not assess your situation correctly, and ultimately delivers ineffective treatments.

This is the same spectrum of quality that we see in the medical field, and many other aspects of health and wellness. Some practitioners are simply more devoted to their practice, more interested in the quality of their patients’ lives, and more skilled at producing the kind of results that make chiropractic care so exciting.

The written reviews of past clients are increasingly relevant when it comes to judging the potential quality of any chiropractor. Even the best practitioner may have a questionable review every now and then, but the pattern of positive reviews should be strong. A chiropractor’s skills in terms of communicating (friendly support staff) and organizing your treatment plan are also hugely important. It’s not all about the specific spinal adjustments that are performed for your unique situation, in order to correct underlying imbalances that are causing pain or illness. This is obviously the most critical aspect of treatment, and it’s why chiropractors spend so much time (7-8 years of post-secondary education, on average) in training. However, a well-rounded practitioner will have the intangible and organizational qualities that make every patient’s experience stand out in the best way.