Chiropractic is an amazing healthcare strategy that will offer you many benefits that you can’t get anywhere else. Every profession can have individuals in it that may be substandard. Healthcare providers are no exception to the rule! Here are a few things to consider when choosing a chiropractor:

1. Make sure the Doctors diploma and license is readily visible.

2. Is the office clean? Chiropractic offices offer healthcare and should be practiced in a prestine environment.

3. How does the office appear? If the office is well painted and tastefully decorated it’s a good sign the chiropractor takes pride in chiropractic and wants to represent it well. Check the bathroom! Studies show that how a business keeps the bathroom tells a great deal about what they think of their customers.

4. Pre-consultation: Before the chiropractor examines you  and reviews your intake form it’s critical that you understand how chiropractic works. Your chiropractor should explain to you with charts and models how the body and spine operate so you can understand your health concern in proper context.

5. Your chief complaint: The doctor should ask you many questions about the reason(s) you are in the office. There should not be one detail they don’t understand about your health history! He/she should ask you how long the problem has been there, what has helped it, what makes it worse, what time of day is better or worse etc…You should not feel brushed over or rushed.

6. Office fees: There are often fees associated with every service performed in the office. Make sure you know up front what you will and will not be charged for. The doctor should let you know ahead of time.

7. X-rays are an important diagnostic tool for the chiropractic analysis. If your chiropractor has  x-ray capability on site (very convenient!) be sure to let him/her know if you are pregnant. Not everybody needs to be x-rayed. A thorough examination and case history will determine the need.

8. The office staff:  The staff of a chiropractic office should offer OUTSTANDING SERVICE! They should be professional, polite, attentive and ever willing to make your office experience a great one.

9. Your first adjustment: Many peolpe are apprehensive before their first adjustment. The doctor should explain everything he/she will be doing ahead of time.

10. Report of findings and recommendations: The chiropractor should be able to communicate what was found on your x-rays and exam in a way that makes sense to you. You should not leave feeling like you do not understand your condition. The recommendations following your report of findings should contain:

– the number of visits needed to address your condition

– an outline of all the services that will be provided on those visits and why you need them

– a visit frequency schedule

– a detailed financial breakdown listing any costs that you may be responsible for so you know ahead of time.

These are just a few important points to help you in deciding on a chiropractic office. Village Family Chiropractic has been serving the Sandwich area for almost ten years. We practice with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. If you live in the Sandwich area and are suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, numbness, firbromyalgia, TMJ pain, migraines, dizziness, whiplash, car accident injuries or any other musculoskeletal condition, chiropractic may be able to help you.  We also offer spinal decompression to help relieve problems associated with bulging or herniated discs. All of our care is non-drug and non-surgical. Please check out our website above and and feel free to ask for a free consultation with Dr. Brian Douglas.  Thanks for reading!