How to Choose the Best Downtown Toronto Chiropractor
You deserve the best, don’t you?
Of course you do!
This is why we wrote this guide on how to choose the best Downtown Toronto chiropractor.
If you find yourself having health concerns relating to neuromuscular disorders, many individuals choose to get their treatment with the help of a chiropractor. Chiropractic doctors offer treatment that focuses on spine manipulation or adjustment, one that is made manually, or with physical touch, and typically these treatments are considered either alternative medicine, or complementary medicine to your main healthcare provider.
Whether their goal as chiropractors is to reduce the patient’s physical pain, or if they are aiming to improve their patient’s physical mobility and functionality, their chiropractic treatments can vary widely from a large range of philosophies behind treatments and even to techniques used during a session.
This wide range of variability can make finding a chiropractor that you like a definite challenge.
Chiropractic treatment is inherently physical, which means the patient should have a comfortable rapport with the doctor, as well as feel compatible with the doctor’s individual style of manipulating joints.
However, other aspects directly affect your experiences and positive results with a chiropractor, and it is important to understand what those aspects may be as you begin your search to work with a new chiropractor.
Getting Suggestions for Your New Chiropractor
The sheer number of options and choices for chiropractic services in Downtown Toronto can be overwhelming when you first begin your search, so it can help to have a prioritized list of who to ask for recommendations.
First, speak directly with your doctor or primary healthcare provider, or you can have a consultation with a physical therapist or even a spine specialist to get a list of options.
When you speak directly with another medical professional, the suggestions they give are usually viewed by those doctors as both trustworthy and competent at their job.
Your next source of recommendations should be through your social groups and community, as you can ask about their personal experiences and usually you will receive honest answers that include both positive and negative aspects of suggested chiropractors.
However, while these recommendations are valuable, it is important to keep in mind that chiropractors can be highly individual, and what works for one patient may not be suited for another.
If you are anxious about bringing up the subject of needing a chiropractor on your social media or in your friend groups, take a different approach and simply ask for generalized thoughts, in terms of a friend who might need to visit one soon.
When using social recommendations, a good general rule of thumb is that any chiropractor who is recommended consistently or by multiple people you know, they are likely a quality chiropractor you might want to choose.
Initial Consultation with a Downtown Toronto Chiropractor
Your first conversation with us as your potential chiropractor here in Downtown Toronto, whether you choose to conduct it on the phone or in person during their office hours, should give you plenty of information about the clinic, the chiropractor him or herself, their equipment, and their style and chosen techniques during a session.
While it is possible to do this by phone, the recommended manner is to conduct the consultation in their office, so you can also get to know the chiropractor in person as well.
One of the most important aspects of choosing a Downtown Toronto chiropractor is feeling comfortable and at ease around them, and in the clinic as well, as the treatment is very physical and more successful when the patient is calm and relaxed.
However, because every person is highly unique, each person’s needs in order to feel comfortable changes drastically, and these differences result in quite a few different chiropractor offices with different styles of medical care. Changes can vary on topics such as the typical waiting time for the patient in the waiting room beforehand, or the physical location of the office in relation to the patient’s home, office, or school.
Be sure to use your consultation to its fullest potential by gathering your questions together ahead of time and writing them down, so you are guaranteed not to forget to ask about an essential aspect during the initial conversation. These questions vary, and should at least include the following:
- How friendly and/or courteous is the chiropractor?
- How do you feel when you speak with the chiropractor? Do you feel at ease, or uncomfortable?
- Is every question answered by the chiropractor with the full information given, or are they answered partially?
- How well does the chiropractor listen and respond to the patient’s description of their symptoms, and what are his or her responses to treatment preferences?
- What is the background of the chiropractor, such as their education or years in the business?
- Does this chiropractor offer any specialized study in their undergraduate or graduate career? This may include sports medicine, neurology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, nutrition, and more.
By keeping these questions in mind as you speak with a potential chiropractor, you will leave the consultation with enough knowledge to ensure you make a well-educated decision.
Do the Research on Each Chiropractor
Once you have spoken with a chiropractor, and you think you might like to begin working with them, now is the time to do a little more background research on that particular doctor.
Under the Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards (Federation), each province has a Chiropractic Regulation and Licensing Board that you can ascertain or double check your chiropractor’s credentials. For Ontario, you can visit The College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) to ensure Active Status in Good Standing and review any Disciplines, Suspensions or Other Proceedings.
The English-taught Doctor of Chiropractic programme that carries Accreditation Status with the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada is the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. The French-taught counterpart is Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Make sure that you Chiropractor has his or her education from one of these two establishments.
All three of our magnificent Downtown Toronto Chiropractors were educated at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
Make the Final Decision
Anytime you are in the market for a new health care professional, of any sort, it is an important decision to make and the result should be chosen with extreme care. With chiropractors, it is acceptable and normal to interview at least three to five chiropractors before making a final decision on who to choose to treat the patient’s individual condition.
In short, it is always important to remember that the chiropractor may recommend a course of care, but it is up to the patient to accept or refuse that recommendation. The choice always remains in the hands of the patient, who should feel comfortable and confident in their treatment.
As one of the best groups of Toronto Chiropractors, your research and final decision will inevitably lead you to us, Integra Health Centre.