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How to Select the Best Chiropractor

By Genevieve Cunningham

The Best Chiropractor For Me

Health and wellness is a million dollar industry. Everywhere we turn, there are people trying to sell us workout plans, diet guides, various equipment, and general promises of good health. It’s all a bit overwhelming. Sometimes it can even leave us wondering whether it’s all worth it. For those who feel like the wellness industry is one big tornado of advice and ideas, there’s good news ahead: Good health is all about taking control.

It’s easy to think that health is totally out of our control. That it’s genetics, luck, or life circumstances that create our health, for better or for worse. While it’s certainly true that we can’t control everything, we can absolutely take control over our healthcare plan and the healthcare professionals we let into our lives. If we want to be healthy and feel our best, we have to choose wisely, and one of the best ways to get started is by choosing a good chiropractor.

How to Select the Best Chiropractor

Chiropractic care is a vital part of an effective, well-rounded healthcare plan. The Joint Chiropractic knows that, and we want you to know it. That’s why mindfully choosing a chiropractor is so important, and why The Joint is confident that you’ll be impressed with what we have to offer you. Here are some tips on how to begin.

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Ask others - Many people have been to the chiropractor’s office and received chiropractic treatment for themselves. Why not ask your loved ones if there is anyone they recommend? Why not ask your primary care physician? Personal anecdotes can’t take the place of proper research, but it can definitely point you in the right direction.

Ask lots of questions - As soon as you walk into the chiropractic office, you can start asking questions. A good chiropractor will be ready and willing to set your mind at ease. Ask about their methods, their training, and their ideas on long-term care. You can gain a lot of necessary information just by asking.

Do your research - It’s perfectly fine (and even smart) to do research about your potential healthcare providers. Find out what school they attended, both undergraduate and postgraduate. Check with the licensing board to make sure they have a valid license and don’t have any red flags or disciplinary actions to their name. The more research you do, the more confident you’ll feel in the care you receive.

Why Should You See a Chiropractor?

Seeing a chiropractor is a personal choice, but there are certainly valid reasons -- reasons based on research -- to start utilizing chiropractic care in your life. If you’re on the fence, there are a few common reasons why many seek out care.

Back and neck pain - Chiropractors put a lot of focus on good spinal health. When chiropractors treat your body using spinal manipulation, it can treat back and neck pain, along with providing pain relief in other areas of the body.

Sports injuries - Sports injuries can wreak havoc on your athletic career and overall wellness. Some injuries require massive intervention and follow-up physical therapy, but it’s not uncommon to also incorporate chiropractic care into the mix. If your physician approves, chiropractic care may help speed the healing process and prevent injuries in the future.

Better health - It sounds too generic, right? While better health may sound like a catch-all, it’s also the true desire of millions of people. Maybe there’s nothing wrong. Maybe there’s not massive pain or discomfort. Maybe you just want to feel better in your body -- more energy, better sleep, stronger focus, a sense of wellness -- and chiropractic care may help you do it.

Different Types of Chiropractic Treatment

The goal of any chiropractic treatment is to encourage healing of the body and to make you feel better. This can be done through a variety of techniques. Some of the most common include:

  • Diversified technique - This is the most commonly used method. It involves very precise hands-on thrusts to restore spinal alignment.
  • Activator method - A spring-loaded device called an “activator” is used to deliver a low-force impulse to specific joints that may be more tolerable to some patients.
  • Drop table method - Chiropractors often utilize a special table that drops in sections. This allows your body to be placed in very specific positions while the chiropractor applies the correct amount of pressure.

The chiropractor may use other methods or tools during your visit. If you have questions about a procedure, method, or any equipment, just ask. Quality chiropractors want you to feel safe and secure about any procedure or treatment that you receive. Without trust between chiropractor and patient, healing can’t -- and won’t -- happen.

How Long Can Sessions Last?

After your very first visit, which can take longer due to the need for information gathering and evaluation, chiropractic sessions are usually quick and easy. You might expect a session to last up to 30 minutes, but the actual treatment time is often much shorter.

Are there exceptions? Of course, there are always exceptions. Overall, the goal of most chiropractic treatments is to be quick and effective in healing your ailment and leaving your body feeling better than ever.

How to Afford Chiropractic Care

Many like the idea of chiropractic care, but paying for this service can feel impossible. You may wonder: Do chiropractors accept Medicaid? Do they accept insurance? Can I just pay cash as needed? The short and sweet answer: Sometimes.

  • There are some chiropractors who accept Medicaid. You can check your state’s guidelines and available chiropractors on the government Medicaid site.
  • There are some chiropractors who accept insurance. You can check with your personal insurance coverage to determine what kind of care you’re entitled to receive.
  • There are some chiropractors who accept cash as needed. You can ask your chiropractor what kind of financial services are available to you.

There are some chiropractors, like those at The Joint Chiropractic, who want to make your healthcare as convenient and affordable as possible. When chiropractors opt for convenience and affordability for all, you know their true goal is better health for each and every patient. There’s no hassle with insurance at The Joint Chiropractic, where cash or a credit card can get you in and out of the office -- and probably pain-free -- in minutes; just walk in, no appointments are necessary.

Can Chiropractors Prescribe Medicine?

For the most part, chiropractors do not prescribe medication. If a chiropractor determines that medication of any kind is needed to truly treat your condition, they may refer you to another physician. Chiropractors are interested in healing your body, not masking symptoms. They’ll focus on proper alignment, primarily along the spine, which often heals our bodies in ways we didn’t even know were possible.

Why The Joint Chiropractic is a Cut Above the Rest

When it comes to choosing the best chiropractor, The Joint Chiropractic is the place to be. That might be easy to say, but what makes it true?

  • The Joint offers affordability for all. With a monthly payment plan, you won’t need to worry about insurance or additional coverage. Instead, you can focus on feeling better now.
  • The Joint offers extended hours in many locations and walk-in visits everywhere. You don’t have to worry about appointments. Instead, you can make your health a priority on your own schedule.
  • The Joint focuses on overall health. Yes, they want you to feel better. Yes, they want you to be pain-free. Yes, they want to make your symptoms disappear. In the long-term plan, they want you to continually get the care you need so that better health is a staple in your everyday life.

If you want to select the best doctor for your chiropractic care, visit with chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic to develop the best treatment plan and push your body toward its best health today.

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