Are you experiencing chronic pain, discomfort or muscle spasms? What about headaches, regular stiffness or back pain? If this is the case, you are not alone. Along with the over 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain, you may be exploring various medical options available to you.  If so, you may want to consider chiropractic care as a practical, affordable path to wellness.

Most people can find chiropractic wellness right in their neighborhood. Whatever your needs for finding a chiropractor might be, your local office will be happy to help you discover what treatment options may be available. With roughly 8.9 million people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization every year, more and more people are turning to chiropractic care for maintenance of their health.

In this article, we will provide helpful tips for finding the right chiropractor for you and your individual needs.

Take an internal inventory

internal-inventoryThe first step you must take to help you find the right chiropractor is to think about your own body. No one shares the same knowledge of your body as you do. Take time to make an inventory of what pains, aches or discomforts you may be feeling. If you decide that you are unsure of what exactly is causing your symptoms, there is help available.

Your local chiropractor can help you make these discoveries and decisions as well.  Although there has been some controversy surrounding the effectiveness of chiropractic wellness, these are largely media fabrications and are not rooted in facts. Chiropractic care has been proven over the years to be a safe, affordable, highly effective form of treatment.  And with over 77,000 Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) in the US, there is sure to be an office nearby.

Decide on your needs 

Based on what you deduce from your inventory, you then should weigh your options of treatment. Options include lifestyle adjustment, prescription medication or alternative solutions including chiropractic care.

Chronic pain has led to Americans taking drastic steps in lifestyle adjustment to accommodate their pain. These include:

  • Disability leave from work (20%)
  • Changing jobs (17%)
  • Requiring assistance with daily living activities (13%)
  • Moving to a more accessible home (13%)

In many of these cases, the use of prescription medications is just simply not enough. Only 58% of people taking prescription medication say that doing so was fairly effective for their pain. If medications alone are not helping, you may consider finding a chiropractic wellness center. They offer a variety of alternative, effective solutions that will treat the pain at its source as opposed to symptomatic prescriptions.

Think of how you want to improve

After getting a clear idea of what your needs are, you can decide on a path of treatment. An ideal course of treatment should offer solutions for both the immediate pain and longer-term solutions for preventing the pain from recurring. Chiropractors offer a variety of services including:

  • Spinal Adjustments
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • Physical Therapy
  • Hot/Cold Therapy
  • Massage
  • Alternative treatments including acupuncture and reflexology

These are only a few of the different ways that your local chiropractor can help you get to the bottom of your pain and establish long-term treatment.  By combining one or any number of these treatments together, you can holistically treat your current issues. You can then even set a larger goal with your chiropractor to strengthen certain areas of mobility and balance. This not only helps with current pain but also can prevent injury in the long run, saving you a lot of money in unexpected medical expenses.

What treatments have you found at your local chiropractor wellness center? Feel free to send us an email or call us to share your story. This helps us continue to build an informed and healthy community to keep everyone at their best.

Shop local

After deciding on a path of treatment, you can start looking for a chiropractor nearby. When you are looking for a chiropractic office or a DC specializing in a certain area of the body, you may be surprised to find how close to you they may be. Many services are even available to help you find a chiropractor nearby.

running-ladyRegardless of where they are located, you can rest assured that your chiropractor is a trained professional. All doctors of chiropractic are educated in 4-year doctoral graduate school programs. This includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internships. Whatever your location may be, your health is in good hands with your local chiropractor.

Your local DC may even have valuable geographic information specific to your regions. Perhaps increased altitude, local weather patterns or regular seasonal allergens are exacerbating your situation. If this is the case, a local chiropractor has a much greater chance of understanding this factors and how they may be affecting your specific situation.

Make your first appointment

Once you have followed all of these steps, it is time to schedule your first appointment towards chiropractic wellness. Contact your chiropractors office and set an initial screening appointment. At your first appointment, be prepared to provide medical history, allergies and any other information the chiropractor may need to know about you. After that, you will have a physical evaluation and a one on one meeting with the doctor to discuss your visit and what you hope to achieve from chiropractic.

From there, you and your doctor will decide on regular appointments and methods of treatment tailored to your specific needs. You may even receive your first adjustment or X-rays at this first visit. Insurance and payment can then be discussed so that you are receiving the care you need at a reasonable cost as determined by you.

Hopefully these tips have been helpful in discovering what the right chiropractor has to offer for you. If you are suffering from chronic pain, discomfort or any other forms of maladies, use these tips and get in touch with your local chiropractic wellness center today. They will be more than happy to help you assess your physical needs and explore paths of treatment.