4 Red Flags to Watch For in a Chiropractor

4 Red Flags to Watch For in A Chiropractor
Hello again, lovelies! Today I wanted to pop in for a quick chat about chiropractors. Yes, we love them, duh. When seeking chiropractic care, you're looking for a healthcare professional who will address your unique needs and provide you with the best possible treatment. Obviously. Unfortunately, not all chiropractors are created equal. So we’ve put together some quick points to help you make an informed decision, and know when to kick your chiropractor to the curb (hopefully that doesn’t happen, but there are some less-than-great ones out there). Here are the top four things you absolutely DON’T want in a chiropractor:

A 3-minute treatment

4 Red Flags to Watch For in A Chiropractor

If you’re in and out in less time than it takes to make toast, that’s a concern. A lightning-fast treatment might seem convenient, but it’s a red flag when it comes to quality care. Chiropractic treatment is more than just quick adjustments. It’s about addressing your concerns, understanding your condition, and creating a tailored plan for your recovery/wellness maintenance. Patients should have the opportunity to discuss their symptoms, ask questions, and receive guidance on home exercises, ergonomics, and self-care. If your chiropractor rushes through your appointments, it’s a sign they may not be giving your health the attention it deserves.

A chiropractor that sells you a HUGE care plan with 30+ visits

4 Red Flags to Watch For in A Chiropractor

One-size-fits-all care plans should be a cause for concern. While medical textbooks provide general guidelines, every individual’s body responds differently to treatment. No one should be pressured to pre-pay for a massive number of visits, when there’s a chance they may not need half of them. Your chiropractor should be flexible, adjusting the treatment plan as your progress dictates. If a chiropractor pushes for a rigid, long-term commitment, it may be more about their financial gain than your well-being. 

A chiropractor that x-rays every patient and provides the same treatment for all

4 Red Flags to Watch For in A Chiropractor

While diagnostic imaging can be crucial in specific cases, it’s not necessary for every patient, and can be an expensive upsell. A responsible chiropractor should evaluate your condition carefully before deciding to perform x-rays. Similarly, treatment plans should be personalized. What works for one patient may not work for another. Beware of any chiropractor who uses a cookie-cutter approach and is clearly just checking off boxes when taking you through your exam and adjustment. Your care should be tailored to your unique needs and conditions.

A chiropractor that doesn’t address holistic well-being

4 Red Flags to Watch For in A Chiropractor

Chiropractic care isn’t just about spinal adjustments. It’s about improving your overall health and well-being, and getting your body working it’s best. Your chiropractor should take an interest in your diet, water intake, stress levels, ergonomics, and daily activity or exercise. These factors play a significant role in your injury recovery/pain management and ongoing health. A chiropractor who doesn’t inquire about these aspects may be missing a crucial component of your care. Education and guidance on how to help yourself at home are essential for long-term well-being.

In conclusion, when choosing a chiropractor, it’s vital to know what you’re looking for. Avoid chiropractors who rush through appointments, push for extensive prepaid care plans, rely on excessive x-rays or other cookie cutter treatments, and generally provide a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, seek chiropractors who take the time to listen, provide personalized care, and consider your holistic well-being. Your health is a partnership between you and your healthcare provider, and who wants a partner who’s always rushing and can’t think outside the box? Not us. We’ve spent years making sure that our patients will always feel seen and heard, and like they were given the time and attention they deserve. And we’re not the only ones! Even if you don’t come see us, don’t settle for less. Make sure your chiropractor has your best interest in mind, always! 

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Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Dr. Josh Huddleston, and I are the founders of On-The-Go Wellness®. We are husband & wife, who just so happen to be Board Certified, Licensed, Chiropractic Physicians & Certified Yoga Instructors! After practicing with other clinics in the USA and Singapore for the past 5 years, we decided to start On-The-Go Wellness® to fit our active, mobile lifestyles.

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