Many people when needing to find a chiropractor seemly open the Yellow Pages and select one that looks good and is close to them.
Not an extremely bad idea but one that fits the model of “you get what you ask for”.
Selecting a chiropractor that is going to fit your needs is really a bit more complex than pointing to a listing in the Yellow Pages and calling them up.
Like your doctor or auto mechanic, this is someone you will probably be visiting many times over several years.
All chiropractors do not fit into the same mold. All of them have their own philosophies and techniques on how they are going to treat you.
That is why you should always take the time to select the right chiropractor for you.
There are a few things that you can do to narrow your search and point you in the right direction in your selection.
One of the first things you can do is ask your doctor if they can recommend a good chiropractor for you. You can also ask family or friends if they know of a good local chiropractor.
Did you know that you can and should interview a potential chiropractor before undergoing treatment? It is very easy. Call one who is on your list and set up a consultation.
It is there that you can ask them about their philosophy and techniques for chiropractic care. Tell them about your ailments and ask specifically how they plan to treat you.
It is also during the interview that you can get a feel of how well you connect with them. If they are short with you, do not want to take the time, or have standard practices for all ailments, then it might be time to move on to your next candidate.
During the interview you will also want to ask about costs. Some require an initial examination that is a separate charge. They may require X-Rays and some other tests. Ask why these are necessary.
Be sure to ask if they accept your insurance if you have it. If you do not have insurance, ask if they have a discount if paying out of pocket. Most do but will not give it to you without you ask.
The interview will give you a good idea if you want to set up an appointment to start treatment. Like any job interview it does not guarantee success but it does help give a good idea or let you know that you need to continue your search.