When it comes to finding the right chiropractor, there’s a lot to consider. It’s in many ways similar to the process of finding the right medical doctor. Not only do you want to find the best chiropractor for your needs, but it’s also necessary to find the chiropractor who uses the best philosophy and treatment options.
We understand that when you need a chiropractor, you may be in a lot of pain and discomfort. Taking the time to research and find the right Chiropractor isn’t the goal—you need help now. So, we’ve put together a list to help you find the right practitioner fast.
Do you have a family member or friend who has seen a chiropractor they particularly liked? Did the practitioner solve their health issue quickly? Were the treatments helpful? Ask as many questions to see how the appointment went, how many times did they need to visit the chiropractor, what the office was like, was the clinic clean, and more.
Friends and family may have had their own experiences with chiropractors in your location. This is a great place to start your search. You’ll find a clinic closer to home and can be assured the chiropractor was truly helpful.
You can also do a quick Google search for reviews on chiropractors in your areas. Just type in “chiropractor your city” into Google’s search box. In only a few seconds you’ll find a list of practitioners and reviews. Check out sites such as:
- Google Review
- Trust Pilot reviews
- NHS Reviews
3). How Much Experience Does the Chiropractor Have?
UK Chiropractor are all trained to a minimum standard, and generally complete 5 or 6 years of study before graduating. Check your Chiropractor is registered with the GCC (General Chiropractic Council). GCC regulate Chiropractors in the same way the GMC regulates Medical Doctors and GDC Regulates Dentists.
In the UK, BUPA does not recognise chiropractors who have less than 5 years of experience. According to BUPA’s site, each practitioner is required to:
- Have accreditation with the professional body for their specialty, which for chiropractors is the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).
- Have a clean record with the GCC.
- Have at least 5 years’ experience in full time practice, after qualification
- Have proof of identity, which must be photographic
Be able to pass a quality assessment for the use of x-ray equipment
You can find the full list on BUPA’s site. The site also offers a search function with their Consultant Finder, which could also make it easier and faster to find the right chiropractor near you.
We would recommend ensuring that your appointments with your Chiropractor last at least 15miniutes and ideally 20mins to 30 minutes. Some Chiropractor may want to see you for 5 to 10 mins, however this is a very short amount of time for case history, assessment and treatment.
If your Chiropractor wants to rush you in and out in a few minutes, without taking the time to listen to you and understand your concerns – you may want to consider changing to a different Chiropractor.
5). Treatment Videos & Workshops? Are These Necessary?
The short answer is no. Be aware of workshops and videos which may involve subliminal sales techniques to coerce you into buying additional appointments and services.
Ethical chiropractors will treat you and then provide all the information you need to heal and recover. They’ll also make time for you to ask any and all questions pertaining to your condition. The practitioner may also offer advice and guidance on other areas of your health that could be affecting your condition. All of this should be included in the price of your treatment.
6). Is the Chiropractor Supportive?
There are times when you may need to see the chiropractor over an extended time. Your condition may need more than one session for treatment. When you first begin to see the chiropractor, be sure to observe how they are with you. For instance, do they talk with you, take time to carefully respond to your questions and concerns?
A good chiropractor will be interested in helping you recover and find relief. They will work with you to find the best treatment options that fit your individual needs. These are signs of good support, which you’ll need as you go through the recovery process.
We hope this guide helps you find the best chiropractor for your needs. If you ever feel uncomfortable with any practitioner, then don’t hesitate to leave. Your health is more important, and you deserve the best chiropractor for your individual needs.