Lately I’ve had several conversations with people (who aren’t my patients) about their experiences with other chiropractors, what they’ve heard about chiropractic, and even what they’ve seen chiropractors do on social media.
I tend to forget how different chiropractic practices and chiropractors can be, so I wanted to take a few minutes to explain what to expect from this Indianapolis chiropractic office. My purpose in explaining is threefold.
I believe that chiropractic care alone is powerful. But I also believe that chiropractic care is much more powerful and effective when other aspects of a person’s lifestyle are addressed as well.
Let’s use a headache patient as an example. There are cases where a patient’s headaches can greatly improve with only chiropractic care. However, diet and eating habits, stress, and posture commonly contribute to headaches. Without a chiropractor addressing all of those contributing factors, the patient’s results won’t be as good.
So if you’re a patient in my practice, you can expect a holistic treatment approach.
I feel very strongly that chiropractic care should be one of the first treatments that headache, neck pain, and back pain patients should try. Research supports that statement.
However, chiropractic care has its place. Despite what some chiropractors believe and tell their patients, chiropractic care has its limitations.
The majority of patients respond very well to chiropractic care. However, if I feel like a patient could get even better results with collaborative care, I will refer the patient to another health care provider. These providers include physical therapists, massage therapists, functional medicine practitioners, their primary care provider, or to specialists.
As I’ve mentioned before, I do not recommend long-term treatment plans or pre-payment for a large number of treatments for new patients.
I wish that every patient I’ve ever treated has had outstanding results with chiropractic care. Unfortunately, there is a small percentage of patients who do not respond to chiropractic care. Because of this, I believe that long-term care plans are not in a patient’s best interest.
In my practice, I typically recommend a trial of up to 6 visits for new patients. Most patients will begin improving within those 6 visits. Then treatment continues based on their progress and goals for treatment. In the rare cases where a patient does not improve within the first 6 visits, I refer the patient to an appropriate health care provider.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, also called spinal manipulation, the following are treatments I may integrate into care for the best possible results and are chosen based on the patient’s individual needs.
There are many different chiropractic techniques. If you’ve been to a chiropractor before, you may find that your new chiropractor does the adjustment differently.
Even if the technique is the same, some chiropractors adjust more aggressively than others. Although some patients prefer more aggressive adjustments, I find that gentle adjustments are very effective.
I hope that this post has helped you understand what you can expect from this Indianapolis chiropractic office: a holistic approach to treatment, collaborative care when needed, individualized treatment plans, and gentle chiropractic adjustments .