How do I find a good chiropractor?

Alison Eaves, a chiropractor in Leeds says the question you should be asking is not “How do I find a good chiropractor?” but “is this chiropractor right for me?”

I have covered the popular topic of differences between a chiropractor, osteopath and physiotherapist in a previous blog and you can search the website for this article. All chiropractors must possess a minimum standard of education; currently this is 4 years full-time university study for all UK registered chiropractors. All chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems (problems with joints and muscles) and so in theory any chiropractor should be able to sort out your problem. However in reality, how a chiropractor treats the problem can be very different in terms the technique of the chiropractor.

All practising UK chiropractors must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council and it is against the law for anyone to claim to be a chiropractor if they are not on the register. You can check the register by following this link http://www.gcc-uk.org/chiro_search.cfm

You should find a chiropractor who offers the type of treatment most suited to you as an individual. Some chiropractors utilise lots of spinal manipulation others do less forceful manipulation or may favour using an instrument to adjust the spine. There is very little, if any research to support the use of one technique over another, all techniques work to reduce pain and get patients better. So find a chiropractor whose technique suits you. A good chiropractor will listen to you to gain a good understanding of your back pain symptoms. The key to the correct diagnosis is taking a good history.

Alison Eaves is principal chiropractor at Revive Chiropractic in Leeds. The clinic is based in north Leeds just a mile from the ring road. To book an appointment with Leeds chiropractor Alison, call 07828 686026.

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