9 essential keys, which are helpful factors to consider so you can select the most appropriate Chiropractic clinic that works for YOU.
Your 9 essential keys factors:
1. Convinience Location, Parking, Hours of Operation.
Determine the convenience of being able to attend for appointments, with respect to the distance from your home, work, or other location you will need to travel from. If it is not feasible to travel to, you can’t park, or the hours don’t match your schedule; there is no point in pursuing this clinic. If you drive the ease of being able to find parking can make your visits more attractive. The hours of operation can certainly vary between early morning and evening appointments, and some offices are open for limited hours on the weekends.
2. Education Graduation Degree and School of Graduation
Find out their school of graduation. The institution they graduated from may be relevant. You at least want to be sure they are qualified, as some people say they are practicing Chiropractic and are not actually professionally trained and qualified.
If you are uncertain, you can verify this out by visiting www.gcc-uk.org.
3. History Questionnaires. Length Detail Comprehensiveness
To ascertain how thoroughly you will be first assessed, the initial questionnaire you are asked for during your first visit with the chiropractor may be indicative of the rest of their procedures. Make sure your chiropractor knows about all your health concerns, and not just about the symptomatic area of complaint. You could easily notice the depth of the history taking.
4. Physical Assessment. Exam Preparation
It may be helpful to find out their procedure for your physical examination. How thorough is it? Will you need to undress, and if so to what extent? Will they provide you with a gown? What tests are they likely to perform? You might not be able to determine the quality of the physical examination, but you can be impressed by its thoroughness.
5. Technology. Digital X rays, digital posturography, computerized paperless system, advanced treatment benches.
Do they use any technology to assist with your assessment? There are various types of computerized scanning. Digital X-rays and Progressive Digital Posturography are some of the testing used to establish your baseline and monitor your progress objectively. Are they likely to take x-rays? What type of system do they use? What safety precautions have they invested in for your protection? What type of treatment benches do they use? Did they invest in modern electric, purposely built benches?
6. Type of Care
What types of care does this clinic provides? What does that involve? It may be helpful to find out if the chiropractic clinic involves only the sole chiropractor or a team of professionals that can support the chiropractic treatment on your way to health. Professionals such as: sports massage, nutritionist and others, would complement the chiropractic treatment and would give you better chance to reach complete health.
7. Philosophy of Care Pain Relief or Wellness Care
What is the philosophy of your practice? Is it more focused on short term pain relief, or longer term Wellness care and lifestyle coaching?
It helps if you know what you are looking for. If you are primarily interested in a patch up or temporary relief of pain without necessarily addressing the underlying cause, and you are not prepared to make some lifestyle changes; make sure you select an office that is prepared to offer you that service. If you are after a longer term solution, and are prepared to make a commitment for the longer term, with lifestyle modifications; you need to be sure that this service is available.
8. Price Assessment Follow-up Care, Other Costs Payment options
You should be able to find out what the assessment will cost you, at least a range of possibilities. Find out what the follow-up costs are for care sessions, and any other costs you may be likely to incur.
Two payment options you may encounter include, pay per visit, as you go, or pay for a block of care in advance. Ask if they use payment scheme with interest free such as checks, credit cards or direct debit?
Find out what options you have ahead of time, so you are prepared to make a choice, or if no option, you at least know that ahead of time.
9. Informative Care Wellness Education classes, literature, brochures, etc.
In addition to the actual Chiropractic care, there are many possibilities for other supportive services and information that may be offered to further assist you. This may be in the form of classes, literature, brochures and other information. These self care strategies will enable you more control of your health and life.