How to find a Corrective Care Chiropractor
7 Questions for Your Potential Chiropractor
We have been asked over and over again for a list of questions that someone should ask when searching for a potential Chiropractor in their area and the bottom line is, all Chiropractors are NOT Created Equal. If you are outside of the Fenton area and trying to find a local Chiropractor, we are here to help. Here is a list of questions to guide you on your search for the best Chiropractor near you.
#1. Do you take X-Rays?
If a chiropractor is working without X-Rays, if they say they can just feel stuff with their hands… well not only is this not accurate but they are working BLIND, we have to see what structures are involved and what their potential for recovery is. Do not allow someone to guess when it come to your health or the health of your family.
#2. Do you get Spinal Listings off of the X-Rays?
That means they are not just taking the X-rays just for profit, but they are actually utilizing the X-Rays to guide them on where and how the adjustments need to be made. They either have the Spinal Listing information pulled up each time to know where you need to be adjusted or they look directly at the X-Rays every time they adjust you.
#3. Ask them, is your goal to restore the Normal Structure or Focused on Symptom Relief?
If the chiropractor is focused only on symptom relief, that is not better than a Band-Aid or Tylenol, this approach is focused on short term relief with no correction in sight. This is vital because, Symptoms are the end stage of the disease process, in 90% of the nerves that come off of the spine, there are NO Pain Fibers, meaning they DO NOT Sense Pain! Getting treatment simply to address pain will never resolve the underlying problem. You have to look beyond the symptom to the source of the symptom and correct the underlying problem not just put some motion in it for short term relief.
If the chiropractor says they are addressing the function of your spine, they could be simply referring to creating movement in immobilized joints. Loss of movement in the joints is very rarely the only underlying issue that needs to be address in adult spines. Posture, Weakness in supportive tissues, improper curvature and loss of movement resulting in the degenerative process are the full circle of issues we see when dealing with adult spines. Those are the four areas that must be addressed for true structural correction resulting in a healthier, happier you.
Bottom Line so far; a good Corrective Care Chiropractor will address the structure and will need to see the structure with an X-Ray first.
#4. Do you take Post X-Rays to document Structural Changes?
This is what separates and places a corrective care chiropractor on a whole different level. We are looking for someone who is putting their skill and their reputation on the line in order to say that they are going to help you change the shape of your spine and work to reverse degeneration. You must have something more than how you feel to base results off of and know how to proceed in future chiropractic adjustments and therapies.
If, as we said in the last question, the fact that only 90% of your nerves sense pain then basing results on how you Feel alone is NOT an accurate way to measure results.
#5. Are you familiar with and do you work to Repair Disc Injuries?
You must have someone who is use to and able to properly assess an Abnormal Disc Function is and able to Correct it and Assess It Again with a Post X-Ray.
#6. Do you work with patients with a history of Spinal Surgery?
Working with someone who has already had steel rods or plats or alterations of the spine, that process requires a level of skill and accuracy, there is over an 80% failure rate with spinal surgery so there are many people who need help. You want a chiropractor who is at that type of skill level.
#7. Do you work with Pediatric Patients and the Elderly?
This is vital. We see kids as young as one or two days old, right after they are out of the birth canal because they need their spine and nervous system checked. As for the elderly, they have special needs, particularly in today’s world where they have osteoporosis or they are on multiple drugs or are experiencing multiple toxicity, you have to know the different skill levels that are involved to adjust those people in those extremely different age groups effectively and gently and you have to know what you are doing in order to restore the nervous system. Again this is a skill level, probing question but if they are uncomfortable adjusting this group, they may not be right for you.
If you find a Chiropractor who says YES to all of these questions then you have a ROCKSTAR chiropractor, if they answer yes to 5 you even have a good chiropractor. It’s not that the other chiropractors are bad, you are just looking at a different skill levels. I hope this helps you on your venture to find the right office for you and when and if you are ever back in our area, we would be delighted to serve you. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns: 810-618-6380