Firstly, it is important to know that, as in every profession, there are good chiropractors and there are bad chiropractors. The good ones are life saving/changing. The trick is, to find the right one.
Here’s my guide to starting this process:
Step 1: And this is a great place to start because you don’t even have to go into their clinic to achieve this one. When you call them ask if they will treat you on the first appointment.
If your chiropractor doesn’t treat you on your first visit because they need time to read over your x-ray and develop a “specific” treatment plan for you then they need sacking. Would you expect this from your GP? And GPs are often dealing with far more complex issues than a chiropractor would. Can you imagine being told to go away while the GP thinks about having waiting for a month for an appointment!
I have experienced a few calls asking just this in the last few months. I’m very glad of it.
Chiropractors are well trained to examine, diagnose, treat, and when necessary (but rarely) read x-rays. Yes, there might be times where all of the information isn’t available. They may need a recent MRI report or a previous GP’s records but this is rare. A good chiropractor should have the knowledge, skills and experience be able to provide you with some relief on your initial visit.
What they are doing is called a “second day report of findings.” This is a marketing strategy used to try to build up the importance of any treatment. And more importantly, their treatment plan (and its associated fees). It’s all about money and not about care. Do not go there.
Step 2 – to follow….