As per the definition by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “chiropractic is a licensed health care profession that emphasizes the body’s ability to heal itself.” It is a non-invasive, natural form of healthcare that is widely accepted as having numerous benefits and can often be used as the sole treatment or as a complementary treatment alongside traditional medicine for various ailments. Many patients undergoing various chiropractic treatments swear by the results and can start seeing measurable results from the first adjustment depending on the type of problem and its severity.
That said, as with all healthcare fields, not all doctors are created equally. While a relatively safe practice, chiropractic treatments can still lead to unfortunate side effects or adverse outcomes if not handled by an experienced, accredited doctor. While there are many perfectly safe and professional chiropractic clinics in the U.S., it’s always best not to leave things to chance regarding something as critical as your health.
That is why you don’t have to think twice if you’re in the Clearwater, Florida area. Risoldi Family Chiropractic is a fully accredited, trusted chiropractic clinic with over two decades of experience in treating patients for various ailments and illnesses with natural, safe, and effective therapies. But should you not be ready to take our (definitely biased 😊) opinion into account, we’ve listed below some red flags that you should watch out for when choosing the right chiropractic clinic for you.
CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC RED FLAGS
Not producing credentials
The first thing you should do when researching or visiting a chiropractic clinic is to check on the certificates and accreditation. This is usually available on their website or displayed prominently at the clinic. Don’t worry about asking the doctor to see his credentials if it’s not publicly available. No doctor would find this offensive as it’s essential to ensure our patients rest easy knowing they are in the care of qualified, experienced healthcare professionals. This is the most fundamental requirement when selecting a chiropractor, so always start with this, and if they obfuscate and try to avoid the topic, then run a mile away.
Not providing a clear treatment plan
During your initial visit to the chiropractor, they should sit with you and spend time discussing your symptoms, history of the condition, past and current treatments, and your concerns. Depending on how complicated or straightforward the ailment is, the chiropractor will give you his diagnosis and explain the course of treatment he recommends. He’ll cover what recovery looks like, how you know if it’s working or getting worse, and the next steps once the symptoms disappear. At the end of the first meeting, you should clearly understand what is wrong and what to expect from future appointments.
Attempting to push unrelated supplements or tests
Not every ailment requires an x-ray or a course of supplements to be taken. If chiropractors attempt to push unrelated items without a proper explanation, always question the purpose or benefits that are directly related to your condition.
Fear tactics or body shaming
While you’re likely not visiting a chiropractor suffering a life-or-death condition (though that may be the case in rare situations), if a chiropractor is pressuring you with fear-based tactics to start a course of treatment, that could be a red flag. Alternatively, they may body shame you into thinking you need a type of treatment for unrelated or immaterial symptoms. As responsible professionals, most chiropractors will be honest yet compassionate about the diagnosis and available treatments. Should you feel unnecessarily pressured over your treatment, don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion or find a doctor who may suit your needs more.
Short visits or “one-and-done” solutions
There is no such thing as a quick fix. Your chiropractor will need to sit with you for at least 20 – 30 minutes during your first visit to diagnose the root cause of the problem and then prescribe a treatment plan. Or if they claim they can fix your issues with a single adjustment or that you may not require any advice or treatment from your MD, physical therapist, psychologist, or OBGYN as they can take care of your ailments on their own. Chiropractic is just one part of a holistic solution generally, so anyone claiming otherwise should throw up red flags. If the chiropractor is too busy to spend the time to understand your situation and is constantly watching the clock, he may not be the right chiropractor for you.
The above are some common red flags you should watch out for when deciding on which chiropractor to use. Always ensure that you are comfortable with your chiropractor, and at any point, if you feel uneasy with the treatments, always be open and upfront with your chiropractor immediately. While chiropractors always recommend completing the course of treatment that is recommended while adjusting it based on developments, they also want to ensure you are comfortable and at ease during said treatments. If you are dissatisfied with their response, feel free to seek other opinions or alternative therapies – you should never feel locked in.
If you feel like you would like to discuss your chiropractic needs with a professional to evaluate your needs and the options out there, do consider Risoldi Family Chiropractic. Our course of treatments is trusted by hundreds of repeat customers and has proven effective for various disorders. Please don’t take our word for it, take a look at what our customers say! Should you feel ready to improve the quality of your life, get in touch with us today!
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I grew up in Trenton, New Jersey and completed my undergraduate studies at Montclair State University. In 1996, I graduated from Life University School of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia. After graduation, I moved to Florida. I have been practicing here in Clearwater since 1998.