What is chiropractic care? And what should I look for in a clinic?

What is chiropractic care? And what should I look for in a clinic?

Chiropractors use their hands to provide spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments. Treatment can involve mobilizing joints or muscles to allow proper healing of an injured body part. The theory is that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.

What should I look for when choosing a chiropractor? Choosing a chiropractor may seem difficult at first. But the task can be simplified by using a series of steps to narrow down the candidates.

Try to get a referral. You’d be surprised that a friend, neighbor, co-worker, and especially your primary medical doctor may recommend a chiropractor.

Check if any of the recommended chiropractors are covered by your insurance plan. If you receive a strong recommendation for someone not on that list, you might consider out of network benefits or even private payment.

Check online reviews. A Google search of the chiropractor’s name or clinic will provide you with ratings and reviews that help you determine which chiropractic clinics are near you and have good reviews by other patrons.

Visit the clinic website. Most chiropractic clinics have websites, and these can be informative. What type of conditions do they treat? What are their main forms of treatment modalities? What do they tend to focus on?

Make a call. Finally, you may want to make a few phone calls, perhaps starting with the chiropractic office closest to you. Ask about appointment availability, insurance coverage, hours, etc.

At this point, you will likely have one or only a few candidates. Set-up your first appointment. You’ll be on your way to living a healthier life without the increased effects of aches and pains that accompany injury and stress.

Dr. Duy Bui is the clinic director at ReNu Chiropractic Health with branches in Aloha and Beaverton, Oregon. Visit renuchiro.com or call 503 406-2020 for more details.