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For those looking for quality natural treatments that help limit back and neck pain or several other forms of discomfort, chiropractic care is an invaluable resource. If you’re in the process of looking for a quality chiropractor in your area, how can you be sure you’re making the right choice?

At Foundation Chiropractic, we’re proud to offer a diverse array of chiropractic and related services, from auto accident and whiplash treatments to postural analysis, general back pain treatment and many other areas. We’re happy to see our services compared to others in our field — not only because we want everyone to get the very best services to meet their needs, but also because we’re supremely confident that your research will reveal us as the ideal partner to help you achieve them. This two-part blog series will go over all the qualities of a great chiropractor that you should be keeping in mind as you consider your options.

Quality Services Offered

First and foremost, you should be fully clear on the services offered by any chiropractor you’re considering. The medical profession uses the term “chiropractic” both in a general sense, to refer to all work performed by physical therapists who aim to heal the body through manipulation of the spine and other joints, and in an even more specific sense, to refer purely to hands-on spinal alignments and manipulations.

When you’re researching a particular chiropractor’s services, the most important factor is which of these two categories they fall under, but there are other factors to consider as well. While hands-on spinal alignments and manipulation can be extremely beneficial for some people (especially those suffering from back, neck or other joint pain), you shouldn’t go to a chiropractor solely for this reason if it’s not something you’re in need of. It’s also important to consider what other types of conditions your potential chiropractor can treat effectively; for example, while some professionals are limited to only treating the spine and musculoskeletal system, others also offer nutritional advice or perform acupuncture.

Education and Licensure

Two of the most important factors in determining which chiropractor you ultimately choose is their level of education and licensure. The minimum level for both varies from state to state, but even the lowest level of licensure requires at least three years of graduate school or additional training. On top of that, you’ll want to make sure your chiropractor is licensed in the state where they’re practicing; if not, chances are their education didn’t meet local standards.

Experience is another important factor, but it’s important to go about finding that information carefully, as chiropractic education is not standardized. You can ask your potential chiropractor for specific details about their experience, or you may want to ask them which other professionals they’ve completed further training with — many local providers go on to continue their education at highly-respected institutions.

For more on the qualities of a good chiropractor, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care services, speak to the staff at Foundation Chiropractic today.