Choosing A Chiropractor for Your Entire Family
Chiropractic treatment isn’t just for parents with bad backs. Chiropractic healthcare provides a drug-free alternative to many issues and ailments for patients of all ages. Finding a family chiropractor that fits all your family’s needs requires time and research and can be just as intensive (and potentially stressful) as choosing a family doctor. There’s a lot to take into consideration before you make a decision, but by following these handy guidelines and tips, you can make a choice that’s right for your family.
Legitimacy And Care
Chiropractors are healthcare practitioners—as such, you should expect legitimate, professional conduct from any chiropractor you’re considering. As healthcare professionals, chiropractors will request access to your medical records and will conduct detailed interviews with you and your family about individual health needs and issues. Depending on your health needs or assessment, your potential chiropractor may request existing x-rays or take them themselves. Their goal is to create a specialized health plan for you, their patient; though treatment may not involve prescription antibiotics or other pharmaceuticals, it should still follow proper medical procedure.
At this point, it should be noted that chiropractic treatment is not a cure-all process. Though chiropractic treatment can be immensely beneficial, it should work in conjunction with diet and exercise that will help you lead a healthier lifestyle overall. Far from avoiding this fact, expert chiropractors promote it, and will help you achieve a healthier, happier self.
Honesty And Safety
As touched upon earlier, a legitimate chiropractor is an honest chiropractor. Stay away from practices that claim to be a risk-free, complete cure-all. Chiropractors, like any other health-care practitioner, are required to thoroughly discuss treatments and any potential unwanted side effects before beginning any form of treatment. Above all else, you should feel comfortable with the care you are being provided; do not feel pressured or obligated to pursue treatment you’re not comfortable with. In certain cases, a professional chiropractor will refer you to a general physician, and should have no issue with you seeking a second opinion.
Talk To Your Doctor
Contrary to popular belief, doctors and chiropractors are more than willing to work together in order to keep you happy and healthy. So many patients are afraid to ask their doctors about chiropractic health alternatives for fear of offending their doctor or not being taken seriously. If you’re interested in chiropractic treatment and want an informed opinion, start with your physician. Your family doctor knows you and your family’s health better than anyone, so they are the most qualified to provide recommendations for you.
Most importantly, trust your instincts. Choose a chiropractor that your entire family feels comfortable around and take the time to carefully review all your options; it will only benefit you. Make sure the practice you choose is fully licensed, and has your best interests in mind. Follow this advice, and you’ll find the best chiropractor for your family.
For the month of August, 2016, Oaktree Health is offering a free month of kids exams for chiropractic. Contact Oaktree Health to find out more!