Finding A Good Chiropractor

Luckily for me, the first chiropractic clinic I visited met and exceeded my expectations. They were my first stop simply because they were located closest to me, but there were several others options available in the Northwest Arkansas area that I had found after a quick Google search. This worked out well for me, but others may not find their quest for the right chiropractor quite as easy. There are a wide range of chiropractic philosophies and techniques, and it is important to select what is best for you. Because chiropractic treatment is based on physical manipulation, this is something that cannot be taken lightly. You should feel at ease and comfortable communicating with the chiropractor you choose to work with, and consider how compatible their techniques are with your body. This is all ultimately based on your individual needs and preferences.

This post is to help you figure out where to begin searching, and how to figure out which chiropractor is best for you and the treatment of your condition.

The Search

  • Ask your primary care physician for a recommendation. You can also seek advice from other healthcare professionals that you trust, such as your physical therapist or a specialist.
  • Ask friends, family, and coworkers for recommendations.
  • Search online for chiropractors in your area and read reviews if they are available. Remember to take into consideration both the good and bad reviews. What were people satisfied with, what did they feel was not up to their expectations? Dig deeper and look past the star rating to get a clearer picture. Take everything with a grain of salt, and if you have any concerns, remember to bring it up at your consultation.

Once you have narrowed the field down to a couple options, it is time to start making phone calls. Request a telephone or in-person consultation with the chiropractor to determine if you wish to proceed any further.


  • Take this opportunity to learn more about the chiropractor, the clinic, their philosophy, and their techniques.
  • If the consultation is in-person, take a look around at the clinic, setting, and staff, and consider whether you would feel comfortable coming there once a week or more for the next several months for treatment. This is an important factor that will contribute to an overall more pleasant and positive treatment experience for you.
  • It is important be able to communicate effectively with your chiropractor. Consider:
    • How easily you were able to build rapport
    • How you felt you were treated throughout the consultation
    • How carefully the doctor listened to your symptoms, concerns, and needs
    • How clearly the chiropractor was able to answer your questions

These factors will all help to ensure a smoother course of treatment.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask about your treating chiropractor’s educational background, years of experience, and areas of specialty.
  • Ask if the chiropractor has experience treating conditions similar to yours
  • Remember to ask about the techniques used and any equipment that is used to assist in treatment
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Taking The First Steps Towards Chiropractic Treatment

I will admit, I did not know much about chiropractics before going into the clinic here in Arkansas. I had read a few things from different sources on the internet, but opinions seemed to be polarized. This made me feel somewhat skeptical, and was the reason I had put off going to see a chiropractor for as long as I did. The pain won out though, and I was ready to buy just about any type of snake oil from anyone who would be willing to sell me. Thankfully, the staff at the chiropractic clinic were extremely helpful in providing me with the answers to my many, many questions. I am ever grateful to them for the patience and friendliness that they showed me. It made it clear to me that they truly cared about their patients, and weren’t just out to make a quick buck. This increased the confidence I felt about my decision to pursue this as a treatment option for my chronic back pain.

I am bolder than most people when it comes to asking difficult questions, which was how I was able to get the answers I needed to hear before making the choice to proceed. I am writing this post to help those who are considering chiropractic treatment, but still have doubts about whether it will work for them and hesitate to bombard their local chiropractic professional with a million questions.

So who should go see a chiropractor?

Chiropractic care can prove to be highly successful in treating a variety of health problems, but not all. Speak to your doctor first about whether they would recommend chiropractic treatment. When in doubt, you can always seek a second opinion. Generally, people seek out a chiropractor when they are experiencing muscle-related problems or neck and back pain. However, chiropractic care can also be beneficial if:

  • Your range of motion is limited due to injury, inflexibility, or pain
  • You have suffered a sports injury or whiplash and want to ensure a smooth recovery
  • You have a spinal disc problem

Chiropractors can assist patients with a number of health conditions. The best way to find out if chiropractic care is right for you is to sit down for a consultation with a professional chiropractor.

What can I expect when I first go to see a chiropractor?

As with any good doctor or healthcare professional, a chiropractor needs go over your medical history and symptoms in detail first by having you fill out a form. This will be followed by a chiropractic exam, which includes the usual set of tests: blood pressure, respiration, pulse, and reflexes. Additionally, there are orthopedic and neurological tests designed to assess your range of motion and muscle tone/strength. In some cases, diagnostic studies may be necessary. At the end of the consultation, your chiropractor will be able to provide you with a diagnosis and customized treatment plan.

Hopefully this has helped you to understand when you should go see a chiropractor and what you can expect to happen.



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Chiropractic care changed my life. Or rather, it restored it. After battling chronic back pain for a number of years and finding no success with the treatment options provided by my doctor, I finally decided to go visit a chiropractic clinic to learn more. Three years later, I am living mostly pain free and much more comfortably. While there are the occasional flare ups, the treatment I received from my chiropractor, along with the daily exercises I was assigned have helped to keep my pain under control allowing me to live a healthier and happier life.

During the time I was mostly bedridden with back pain, I spent a lot of time reading. Not books or magazines or the news, but blogs. There is a community of bloggers out there each with a different story to tell. Some of them have endured difficulties and challenges that put mine to shame. It was from these complete strangers who were so brave in sharing the details of their struggles that I was able to draw hope and motivation to overcome my condition. I would often comment on their posts to offer them support or encouragement, but really they were my support and encouragement. Sometimes I felt like I was providing a blog commenting service with how often I left messages, but every word I wrote was sincere.

I know to many people, chronic back pain hardly seems like more than a mild inconvenience. I would probably think the same way if I hadn’t experienced it myself. While there are undoubtedly much worse afflictions out there, the way my pain affected my life was significant. I could no longer manage many normal day to day tasks without a great deal of effort, let alone enjoy many of the activities that I used to. It was heartbreaking not to be able to pick up my own grandchildren. I had given up driving and rarely left the house. Depression slowly began to take a hold of me until I found myself no longer being able to get excited about anything anymore.

My chiropractor helped me regain control of my body and start living a normal life again. In fact, my life is better than ever. I feel healthier, stronger, and – most importantly – happier. I am able to once again do the things I used to be able to do, and can now even do things that I couldn’t before. Best of all, I can pick up my grandbabies and hold them and play with them without being held back by my pain.

This blog was written to detail my experiences with chiropractic care and offer advice to those who may be struggling to cope with chronic pain due to musculoskeletal conditions. Keep your chin up, there are many treatment options out there and more being developed every day. Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to be proactive in your own healthcare and stay optimistic!


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