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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.

What was your biggest apprehension in consulting a chiropractor?

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  1. Angel Bogart says
    Feb 13, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    I totally agree that it's important to know what you're willing to do and what your willing to commit before visiting a chiropractor. Most spine misalignments benefit from lifestyle changes that cannot be addressed in a clinic. After going over your guide, you have convinced me to seriously consider going to a chiropractor for my worsening back problems.

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