When people hear about chiropractic for the first time, they start wondering where to find a good one. The following tips will help you choosing a professional and ethical chiropractor in your area.
There are a few points to consider/look for:
- Check the registration status of the practitioner you intend to consult by contacting the relative professional council (CPCM),
- determine whether they are a member of a National association in your country; if they are not, find out why by contacting the appropriate association/s,
- inquiry about the practitioner qualification/s,
- ask what college/university they attended, and whether such institution has a National or International accreditation, (you may check all International institutes accreditation by linking here),
- verify that such document is publicly displayed or at least available to view on request,
- confirm that the appropriate Nationally, or Internationally, validated qualification/s are displayed should you be exposed to diagnostic tools such as musculoskeletal sonography, lab tests and/or unusual therapeutic approaches.
- word of mouth is usually the best way to find a good chiropractor,
- additionally, ask friends and family members whether they have had any experiences with a chiropractor,
- check whether chiropractic is offered by the National Health System in your country,
- ask your family doctor to recommend a good chiropractic practitioner,
- contact the National Legislatory Council, or National Chiropractic Association to recommend a doctor of chiropractic in your area,
- do not be afraid to challenge the practitioner's professionalism by asking as many questions as you wish regarding your condition, management plan and prognosis,
- expect knowledgeable answers, easy communication and a degree of scientific/clinical evidence in their response,
- beware of those practitioner who are dismissive and quickly try to offer unrealistic diagnosis accompanied by improbable results,
- beware of those practitioner who offer you packages, i.e. a certain number of visits, usually 10 or 20, at discounted prices. Any health professional wishes to manage your condition in as few visits as possible,
- make sure that, during your first visit, your practitioner will allow the necessary time to:
- listen to the details of the presenting complaint,
- take a full medical history,
- complete a detailed physical examination,
- report the finding to you in simple plain language,
- deliver an appropriate comfortable treatment,
- book a follow up appointment if deemed necessary,
- during your follow up appointment, if any, the chiropractor should allow the necessary time to:
- record your feedback from the previous visit,
- discuss and explain any questions you may have,
- if considered suitable, offer you a second/alternate treatment,
- record any feedback from the current visit,
- be wary of practitioner who will unrealistically predict any improvement, i.e. suggesting 20 visits to guarantee decrease of your pain, or visiting the clinic two to three times/week for 12 weeks,
- as a patient, you have the right to demand for privacy, i.e. if you do not feel comfortable to be in the same treatment room with other people/patients say so and expect to be transferred in a more private area,
- ensure that your chiropractor offers you a gown should you feel uncomfortable to uncover any body parts. An ethical doctor of chiropractic will never ask you to expose intimate areas.
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