It can be a hard task to find the right chiropractor to suit your individual needs, particularly if you have never been to a chiropractor before. As well as distinct theories and approaches to case management, there are several different chiropractic care methods. Unfortunately, with their initial chiropractic training, some new chiropractic patients are disappointed because they chose a chiropractor whose practise was not compatible with the wishes and aspirations of the patient. There is a tendency to believe that all chiropractic care is the same for those who have a poor first encounter with chiropractic, and they may decide never to pursue chiropractic treatment again. This is tragic, since a significant number of individuals who completely ignore chiropractic care will benefit greatly from the correct chiropractic “style” and could potentially get superior health benefits to what can be done with any other type of treatment. Learn more about Natural Health Practices – Port Orange Chiropractor.
There are some basic steps that can be taken by the client to find the right chiropractor to significantly increase the odds of getting a successful experience and clinical outcome. In fact, it might be better to start addressing things not to do while looking for a chiropractor.
When they first decide to try a chiropractor, what many people do is look at some form of registry, such as the yellow pages, their list of insurance companies, or check for the nearest chiropractor online. Since those new to chiropractic do not recognise the considerable variations between chiropractors in methodology and patient care philosophies, a chiropractor’s initial option typically comes down to factors such as venue, coverage of insurance, and cost per visit. In fact, in deciding whether a given chiropractor is going to be a good option for a given person, these are possibly the least significant considerations overall.
When choosing a chiropractor, the most important thing to consider is undoubtedly the treatment procedures he or she uses. The main treatment that separates chiropractic from other forms of health care is “spinal adjustment” which is often referred to as “spinal manipulation” and there are several different methods of administering this treatment. Such methods vary from moderately strong manual thrusts that create cracking noises from the joints to methods of low force that can be done using an instrument that gently ‘taps’ on the joints or uses wedges to reposition the body to enable the joint alignment to be corrected by gravity. In terms of the force applied, there are also approaches that are somewhere in-between that use special “drop” tables that have pieces that fall down when the change thrust is made to support “bump” joints back into alignment and proper mobility.
For patients with fragile bones (such as from osteoporosis), or for those patients who are fearful and have trouble relaxing for care, strong manual techniques may produce some brief pain, and are usually not a good approach. Even these techniques aim to offer quicker relief of pain and other symptoms when needed than the low-force techniques. For younger, usually stable patients who are not afraid of feeling and hearing their joints pop, a chiropractor who is skilled in manual adjustment strategies (such as Diversified or Gonstead technique) is also a good choice. A chiropractor who uses a low-force approach (such as Pro-Adjuster, Activator, or Sacro-Occipital Technique) or a medium-force method (such as the Thompson drop-table method) will usually find a safer alternative for older patients and others who are nervous about the treatment.
Chiropractors may provide a range of other treatment methods, such as electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage, and rehabilitative exercise, in addition to the spinal adjustment process. The overall care time and cost per visit will vary significantly from one chiropractor to another, depending on the methods used. Although longer visits do not necessarily translate into better outcomes, fewer visits would be expected in certain cases for a chiropractor who spends more time per visit. For both time and out of pocket costs, this can be a major factor.