I am working on the finishing touches to my new book, How to Find the Best Chiropractor for You, and would like to share some excerpts from it with you.
Please give me some feedback. Your comments and questions will be greatly appreciated. I want to make this the best book I can and am eager to address the most important issues and questions people have about finding the right chiropractor.
How to Find the Best Chiropractor for You-Introduction
Choosing the right chiropractor is not as simple as looking in the yellow pages for the one who is nearest you. Certainly, you could do it that way, but the chances are good that it will not work out that well for you. The fact is that picking any professional out of the yellow pages is not a good idea.
I have for many years made a habit of checking out the yellow page ads of chiropractors when I am traveling. I do this for two reasons: I like to see if there is anyone I know in the area, and I like to see what other doctors say about themselves and their practices.
But it is certainly not the best way to select a chiropractor or, for that matter, any doctor. While the phone book or a Google search may show you which doctors are in your area, it will not tell you the most important things you need to know about them. To find one that is right for you will require a bit more digging.
Your main concern should be that the doctor you choose is right for you. One who will meet your needs on all levels.
My purpose in writing this book is to assist you in your search for the right chiropractor because I want you to have the best possible experience with my colleagues and profession. I know that the right chiropractor can be a tremendous asset to you and your family, a partner who will work with you to help you attain your optimal level of wellness.
Chiropractic is not just a treatment for neck and back pain, so I don’t want anyone to get stuck on that idea. You will gain a greater appreciation of the broad range of conditions your chiropractor will be able to help you with later in the book. I will show you by example that chiropractors can take care of many conditions you may not have considered.
Modern chiropractic training prepares chiropractic physicians to take care of many of your primary healthcare needs. Contemporary chiropractors are highly trained specialists in the field of natural, noninvasive healthcare. Chiropractors focus on health and all of the factors that support it. We know that health and self healing are normal for a body that is working properly. Sickness and disease are aberrations and are the result of a deficiency of one or more of the things or conditions the body needs to be healthy.
It is important to understand the true meaning of health. Health is a state of optimal physical, mental and social well being, not just the absence of disease or symptoms. It is a state of wholeness in which all parts of the body are working properly and together for the benefit of the whole. The word health comes from the Greek word hale which means whole. This is also where we get the term holistic health care.
The key to attaining and maintaining good health is to provide all the elements the body needs to function properly, resist disease, heal itself and carry on the lifelong process of constantly rebuilding itself.
Most of us, however, need a little help to achieve this. We need guidance and coaching. Chiropractors are the healthcare providers who are best equipped by education, technical training and philosophical orientation to help you achieve optimum functioning for health and vitality.
Chiropractic treatment helps people to get out of pain and function more comfortably, of course, but beyond that it can help you achieve the good structural and neurological balance which is vital to health and healing.
And if you want to go beyond getting structural care, a good chiropractor can help to educate, guide and coach you in all aspects of nutrition and fitness to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle and a better you.
The fact that you are reading this book suggests that you understand the importance of finding the right chiropractor for you and your needs. My role is to give you all of the information you need to help you find the right one. I will give you the criteria you should look for to find the right match.