1 They listen to you
This one may appear seemingly obvious but time and time again we hear the same story. My last practitioner didn’t listen, they didn’t take the time to hear my story or they acted like they didn’t care.
In order to serve someone to the best of our ability, listening is an essential pillar in understanding the problem, the impact it has and more often than not, the solution to it.
2 Treatment is specific to you, not a one-size-fits-all approach
No two people are the same, everyone has individual differences and your treatment should reflect this.
Even with our general similarities in physiology and anatomy, two people can have a similar condition with completely different experiences.
Treatment should be tailored to you, your condition and the goals you’d like to achieve. Not a one-size fits all approach or treatment plan.
3 They build you up, not break you down
Your chiropractor should make you feel more confident and trusting in your body, not the other way around.
Our bodies are robust, especially our spines (it only has to hold up the weight of your body for your entire life!). Don’t get me wrong, they can still get sore, painful and stiff but this shouldn’t stop you from starting to trust it again with time.
4 They incorporate active, self-management strategies
A good chiropractor may help you with the use of techniques and strategies they have available to them, however they should also be equipping you with the tools to help yourself now and in the future.
Being able to improve your pain on your own is one of the most empowering tools we have, your chiropractor can always show you ways to help yourself.
This might be in the form of simple exercises or stretches, or ways you can modify your activities to better manage these incidents in the future.
5 They give you treatment options
There are always options available to you in regards to your health and this can be poorly missed.
While there might be ways to get quicker outcomes, this isn’t always the best option for people at the time.
Having an honest, open discussion with people about the options available, based on their needs, goals and resources available is always an ideal approach.
Before you pick a Chiropractor, make sure they at least tick a few of these points.
As always, thanks for reading!
-Team at Empowered Health Chiropractic