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Choosing a Chiropractor

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Last Updated Mar 04, 2021

A chiropractor helps to improve your health by looking at your spine and nervous system, and how they function in your body. However, before putting yourself in the hands of a chiropractor, there are things that you must consider to ensure your safety and we discuss them here.

Look at the Chiropractor's Qualifications

All chiropractors in Australia spend five years in university to earn their qualifications. They have completed a four-year bachelor's degree in chiropractic science and an additional year in a graduate program. 

In addition to completing their studies at a nationally accredited institution, they are covered by private health insurance and registered with relevant professional bodies such as the Chiropractic Board of Australia (CBA), Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Consider Their Level of Experience

A personal recommendation is an invaluable tool when looking for a chiropractor. Ask friends, family members, colleagues and other health practitioners if they know of anyone who can help you with your health issue. In addition to listing their names, find out their success rate in improving other people's health by addressing an array of conditions, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Muscle strain
  • Injuries due to an accident
  • Sports injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Joint issues
  • Pain associated with pregnancy

More often than not, a highly qualified chiropractor will get clients through word of mouth. Their past and current patients couldn't resist sharing their wonderful experience with others in the hope of seeing their health improve too. 

Affordability of Service

A good chiropractor enhances their patients' physical potential, not rip them off. It's best to scout out chiropractic services in your area and compare prices so that you don't end up paying more than you should.

It's worth noting that initial consultations usually cost more than follow-up appointments. You also want to ask your chiropractor if you're going to receive a rebate from your private health fund.

Rely on a Trustworthy Natural Health Site

Search the Natural Therapy Pages to find a qualified chiropractor near you. We offer tens of thousands of chiropractic care providers across Australia; some of them may be located near your workplace, others just across your home. 

In addition to their proximity to where you live or work, all of them have the qualifications to provide top-notch chiropractic treatments with long-term, positive effects.

Listen to Your Intuition

Your gut feeling will lead you to the ideal chiropractor. It's someone whom you're comfortable with and who deeply cares about your health. Their genuineness will naturally shine through if they possess it, especially in the way they answer your questions about their skills, experience and treatment style.

You want a chiropractor who understands your concerns and motivates you to take the essential steps to achieve better health outcomes. If you don't feel happy after the initial consultation, you can always find another chiropractor who suits your needs.

If you're all set to list and compare different chiropractic care providers, allow us to assist you in your search for a chiropractor in your local area.

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Originally published on Aug 18, 2020

FAQs About Choosing a Chiropractor

Is it good to get adjusted by a chiropractor?

Yes, they can safely and effectively resolve a subluxation or partial dislocation of a bone in the vertebrae which can lead to pain and immobility. A chiropractor is highly trained in providing treatments for lower back pain, headaches, neck pain, sports injuries and a range of conditions that disrupt the body's functions.

How do chiropractors know where to adjust?

Chiropractors employ a range of techniques and specialised equipment to identify the root cause of pain and a neuromuscular disorder. Palpation is the most common technique they use to identify what needs to be adjusted.

How often should I get my back adjusted?

Chiropractic care isn't just for treating pain. Receiving a chiropractic adjustment at least once a month will resolve minor misalignments before they worsen.

Why do chiropractors require so many visits?

A single chiropractic session will not produce long-term results. Studies show that attending four or 12 sessions will relieve pain for good and improve the body's performance. The length of your treatment, however, depends on the severity of your condition.

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