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Tips for Seeing a Chiropractor

I have heard that the thought of seeing a chiropractor for the first time can be a scary experience for some. While it’s true that chiropractors have the highest patient satisfaction rate for any health profession, various other factors have contributed to this wariness. I thought it might help to provide some tips on seeing a chiropractor should you have any friends or family that you think would benefit but are somewhat apprehensive.

1. Be Clear on what you want – What exactly would you like help with? I know that you’ve got pain and symptoms but what is your goal for them? Is your desire to simply relieve this present episode or would you like to fix the underlying problem. Every good doctor will help you get the results you’re after but because they know that small problems turn into big ones if not fixed, they may be inclined to offer a more comprehensive solution than you’re able to embrace. Knowing that ahead of time will enhance your doctor-patient communication and give you much better results.

2. Consider what you’re willing to do – Many health problems benefit greatly from exercise and various rehab techniques and even (or especially) dietary changes. How much lifestyle change are you open to? It’s best to be honest and realistic about how much effort you’re willing or able to put forth. Don’t agree to a care plan that is more than you know you can commit to. Again, a good doctor will offer you the best care available but also help Light bulbyou get maximum results with whatever you choose.

3. Do your research – Ask your friends and neighbours who they have been happy with and why. Nothing reduces anxiety more than seeing someone who comes recommended by someone you trust. They can also give you firsthand impressions about how the practice runs and what the doctor is really like.

4. Pay the chiropractor a personal visit – Most chiropractors are pleased to offer a no charge, no obligation consultation to allow you the opportunity see what they are like and to find out if yours is a chiropractic problem.

5. Consider a different approach – Your experience with your problem, while personal, is limited to one case. Your chiropractor has seen hundreds, if not thousands of similar cases and should have a very good idea what works best. You may think you know what you need but there may be a better option. If this new approach is well explained and makes sense, it’s probably worth considering.

6. Talk – Tell your doctor what’s going on. It’s very helpful for him to get good answers to his questions and updates on your process. Ninety percent of getting great results comes from the understanding that happens during your discussions. Be prepared to be open about yourself regarding your complaints.

7. Bring your spouse – If you’re nervous your spouse can be a comfort. It’s also helpful to have support at home and bringing your spouse along can help them understand what you’re going through. If you happen to be in significant pain, your spouse will also be a help in remembering significant bits of information and home instructions

8. Be willing to make a commitment – Few things work out well if done halfway. So if you get to the point where chiropractic is something you’d like to try, do it 100%. A good chiropractor will reevaluate at some point and the two of you will be able to judge your progress. But if you never follow the recommendations fully, you have no way of knowing if it would have helped.

If you follow these tips, I think you are very likely to join the millions of people who have enjoyed the health and life benefits that only chiropractic can provide.

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  1. Lauren Woodley says
    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    I really appreciated the insight you gave about paying the chiropractor a visit. You talk about how most chiropractors offer no charge, no obligation consultations, which is something that I didn't know! I can definitely see how paying them a visit, though, can help you to understand their techniques and if you can see yourself getting the help that you need from the doctor without having to pay a lot of money. I'll definitely try out this option! Thanks for sharing!

    • john Mahoney says
      Dec 13, 2016 at 10:46 PM

      I agree with you Lauren, visiting a chiropractor before you hire his services can be of great help. I would like to know what they offer and what their facilities look like before I make a decision to see them regularly. I would want to get the best services I can and be safe a the same time, re-adjusting your bones is serious business. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Jack Palmer says
    Jan 15, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    It's good to know that, "Most chiropractors are pleased to offer a no charge, no obligation consultation to allow you the opportunity to see what they are like and to find out if yours is a chiropractic problem." My brother has been having issues with his back and shoulders recently and we weren't too sure how to take care of it. I think it's nice that he could go see the chiropractor to simply see if it's something they can help with. Thanks for the info!

  3. Jen Pack says
    Jan 15, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    My husband has had back pains for as long as I can remember and I think this could be a great option for him after reading this. I like the suggestion you give of going to visit your chiropractor once before you actually begin treatment so that you can build a relationship. I imagine that it will also help you know whether or not it is something you really want to do. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Vince Burns says
    Jan 22, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Chiropractors are really good at helping your back out. A lot of times they work with physical therapists which I think is interesting because they essentially do the same job. I was reading on and I saw that they also have a chiropractic center in their office. It might be nice to get my body back in alignment.

  5. Braden Bills says
    Feb 04, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    I've been having back pains for a while now, and there doesn't seem to be a specific cause. I'm going to try out these helpful tips to see if the chiropractor can alleviate the pain. Thank you very much for the article! My back thanks you too!

    • Leviticus Bennett says
      May 15, 2017 at 6:52 PM

      I like your tip to bring your spouse so that you'll have someone to help support you and remember important things. I don't have a spouse, but I'm sure I could bring my girlfriend. I've been having back problems, but have never been to the chiropractor, so a friend to come along would be comforting.

  6. Jen Pack says
    Feb 05, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    I have been having some back pain lately and a friend of mine suggested I visit a chiropractor. I like the tip you give here of being honest and open with your chiropractor and telling them exactly what it is that you want out of the visits. I imagine that setting expectations in that way will help you get off on the right foot and have a good relationship working towards the same goal. Thanks for sharing this!

  7. Kyler Brown says
    Feb 10, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    I will need to go to a chiropractor soon for some really bad pains that I have been experiencing in my spine. I liked this article, because I'm actually having a hard time determining where I need to go. I like the tip to pay the chiropractor a personal visit to get a feel for what they are like and the type of work that they do. Thanks for sharing this.

  8. Jeff Curtis says
    Feb 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    I am planning on going to see a chiropractor soon for my back pain. I will be sure to be clear about what exactly I want when I see a chiropractor. I will do my research to find a good chiropractor that I can trust. Thanks for the help!

  9. emily bennette says
    Feb 13, 2016 at 2:14 AM

    Going to the chiropractor for the first time might be a scary thing for some people. So, I liked your tip about taking your spouse with you. I know that my husband can keep me calm when I am stressed. It seems like it would help both you and the doctor if you were calm during the appointment.

  10. Hailey Renee says
    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    I did not know that chiropractors have the highest patient satisfaction rate out of all doctors. I am glad to know that you should be clear with your chiropractor about the work that you want done. I would agree that doing research on different chiropractors in your area is smart, in finding a doctor that will work best for you.

  11. Chiropractor Chelmsford says
    Feb 25, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    This is an excellent post and tips are very useful. As know that a chiropractor is a person who is an expert and offering chiropractic treatments.

  12. emily bennette says
    Mar 01, 2016 at 1:38 AM

    These are some really good things to know if you are planning to go see a chiropractor for the first time. I liked your tip about being clear on what you want. If you can be direct about what the doctor needs to help you with it seems like everything will go smoother.

  13. Charles Kemp says
    Mar 10, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Thank you for the tips. I like the second tip where you mention considering what you are willing to do because if you aren't willing to do certain things it probably isn't worth it to go see a chiropractor. They are there to help you but you have to ultimately do everything on your own.

    • Braden Bills says
      May 04, 2017 at 2:35 PM

      I want to make sure that my back is taken care of. It makes sense that I would want to get a chiropractor! I'll make sure I find one and talk to them before I use their services. That way I know that they can help me!

  14. Vicky Durrant says
    Mar 17, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    I've been experiencing a lot of lower back pain recently, so I've decided to see a chiropractor to help me feel better. I've never gone to a chiropractor before, though, so I'm happy that I found your post! I really liked your tips, especially what you mentioned about asking my friends and neighbors who they have gone to in the past. I think that if they have been happy with the chiropractor's work, I will be too! I'll start asking people I know for recommendations right away. Thank you for the advice!