Symmetry Oakland and Alameda Offer Advice on Picking a Chiropractor
How do you choose the chiropractor who’s right for you? It can be a challenge, because chiropractors practice a wide variety of techniques. Some chiropractors only adjust the spine. Some use instruments for adjustments, others use only their hands. Others incorporate supplements and muscle testing. Chiropractors may also use electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and other modalities, such as traction. You’ll have to decide what works for you.
Start by asking your family and friends for recommendations. But be aware that their experience might differ from yours. It’s a good idea to interview several chiropractors before you choose the one you feel comfortable with.
Your comfort level may depend on several factors. Is the staff friendly and welcoming? How long do you have to wait for your appointment? Do you like the doctor? Does he or she listen to your concerns and answer your questions in understandable English? Is the doctor rushed, or does he or she spend a reasonable amount of time with you?
The doctor should ask about your health history and your current condition. He should give you an initial physical examination (checking posture, reflexes, etc.), provide a diagnosis and explain your treatment plan.
Here are some additional questions to ask:
- What kind of training does the chiropractor have? Is he or she licensed to practice in your state? Has she gone to an accredited chiropractic college? Does she have several years of experience treating patients with your condition?
- How long will treatment take? Ask how many visits it should take before you begin feeling better. You will probably feel some results in the first couple of visits. In more serious cases, such as chronic arthritis, scoliosis or loss of neck curve, which might have been present for years, the symptoms likely will resolve but it might take six to 18 months to reverse the damage. Is the chiropractor willing to change your treatment if it isn’t working for you?
- Don’t choose a chiropractor who wants you to sign up for a package of long-term treatment even before seeing how you respond.
- And don’t forget to inquire about the clinic’s payment plans.
Once you find a chiropractor who seems a good fit for you, go in for your first treatment. But don’t sign up for any treatment plans until you are sure the doctor is right for you.
At Symmetry Health Center, Dr. Cynthia Boyd and her team are among only a handful of Oakland and Alameda-area chiropractors certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). CBP takes chiropractic a step further. Instead of immediate pain relief, it focuses on realigning the spine back to its normal structural alignment.
Contact us to determine if you are a candidate for care at one of our Symmetry Health Center locations in Oakland or Alameda.