It’s not quite the most important part of our body, but it would be fair to say that our spine is certainly up there. As such, when it comes to treatment, choosing the right professional is absolutely crucial. In Texas in particular, where there are an absolutely huge number of said professionals, the situation only becomes even harder.
Bearing the above in mind, we are now going to go against the norm and look at reasons why you should AVOID a chiropractor in the area. In other words, we’re going to pinpoint the warning signals and if you come across any of the following, it’s time to shift your focus to the next practice.
Do they list other Texas chiropractors and professionals as references?
This might appear to be a strange red flag to some people. After all, why would a professional offer a list of references to potential rivals?
The reason why this is important is that most chiropractors cannot deal with every issue themselves. In fact, scrap that, we’re yet to find one in the world (let alone Texas) who is competent enough to deal with every ailment that is presented to them. There will be times when a patient visits a clinic and requires a slightly different type of professional, whether it is an acupuncturist or a physical therapist – and the chiropractor just doesn’t have the skills to carry out the procedure alone.
Therefore, always ask this question before you sign on the dotted line. Ask if they have a list of recommended professionals who they will refer you to if they are unable to treat you appropriately.
Have you been offered any long-term contract?
One of the most common ways to lure patients in these days is to offer a tempting free initial examination, only to then attempt to “seal the deal” with a long-term contract. This is one of the worst approaches you can follow as nobody, not even the practitioner, has any idea how long your course of treatment needs to be. There’s every chance that it will just require one session, while at the same time it might need far more. An initial consultation is not the right time to distinguish this, any Texas chiropractors that are reputable know that a patient has to be constantly monitored and long-term commitments should be avoided.
Does the professional immediately recommend spinal manipulation?
You should also look to be aware of the “gung-ho” approach in relation to chiropractic’s. Most practitioners are comfortably able to diagnose bad posture – even if the patient isn’t struggling with any pain. However, it’s the next step that many get wrong, with some immediately recommending spinal manipulation. Obviously, this carries risk and is definitely not required for every case. Instead, an established chiropractor will recommend lifestyle changes, related to ergonomics for example, or even a list of exercises. In other words, spinal manipulation should be the last course of action for problems such as this.