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Protect Your Health: 5 Telltale Signs of a Bad Chiropractor

Have you been looking to improve your health and book in with a chiropractor? Chiropractic care aims to address various musculoskeletal issues and enhance overall wellbeing. To ensure you’re getting the best out of your time, effort, and money, it’s essential to carefully choose a chiropractor with whom you’ll be grateful to partner. Let’s guide you through what to look for. Just like any profession, there’s the good and the bad, so it’s best to make an educated decision about who you go to see. Here are 5 telltale signs of a bad chiropractor to avoid in your search.

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1. Doesn’t Address Your Specific Areas of Concern

A chiropractor should sit down with you as a new patient to listen to your medical history and ask questions regarding why you’ve come to see them. If you tell them you’re experiencing low back pain or headaches and they do not address this in the first appointment, that’s definitely a red flag.

2. Everyone Requires an X-Ray

Depending on your age, the presentation of your complaint, and many other factors, your chiropractor may or may not need to send you for further imaging. Your chiropractor should describe the underlying reasoning behind your referral and then also go through it with you in a way that you can understand. Generally speaking, imaging is not required repetitively, and it’s a red flag if you are being unnecessarily referred.

3. Fear-Mongering Tactics

Chiropractors are experts at diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal concerns. In your report of findings, the chiropractor will be explaining what is going on for you individually. It’s the chiropractor’s role to describe your diagnosis and expected recovery and recommend a purposeful management plan for this. You should have a trusting relationship with your chiropractor and agree to care without them needing to use scare tactics.

4. Short Consultations

On the initial visit, to be thorough and understand what’s happening with your body, you need to have a longer appointment. This visit is probably the most important for you, as the chiropractor will be looking at your medical history, completing a physical examination, and discussing your treatment. If it’s anything less than 30 minutes, we’d recommend that you keep looking.

5. Does Not Promote Exercise and Keeping Active

Musculoskeletal health is improved with chiropractic care that involves hands-on treatment as well as advice, education, and rehabilitation. In this contemporary healthcare system, chiropractors are trained to provide exercise rehabilitation to continue strengthening and supporting your body as you recover. If your chiropractor does not encourage staying active whilst modifying some activities or giving you no exercises, that’s definitely a red flag.

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There you go! 5 things to be aware of as you look for a chiropractor to help in your journey towards health. To protect your health, choosing a chiropractor that addresses your individual body’s concerns in a holistic way is going to help you get to where you need to be.

At Wilder Living Chiropractic, we’re committed to partnering with you to ensure you receive the results you are looking for. If you still have further questions or would like to discuss this further, please give us a call

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