Who is the best chiropractor in Victoria?
To say you’re the ‘best chiropractor’ in a city is a claim that the BC College of Chiropractors and the BC Chiropractic Association doesn’t actually allow a practicing chiropractor to make, and it’s a good thing too, because it would probably make finding a chiropractor even more confusing!
If only it were as simple as typing in ‘who is the best chiropractor in _________’ and Google spits you out the answer. Google knows a lot, but unfortunately it won’t have the answer for you, and anyone making the claim online that they are ‘the best’ is 1. Probably not being honest (see below), and 2. Not following professional guidelines. And what does that say about a person?
Why would a person claiming they’re the best not be accurate? Because who the ‘best’ is isn’t actually a measurable thing. It’s a subjective and completely individual opinion, and it’s based on the personal values of the person asserting the opinion. For example, to one person the fact that chiropractor A is a great listener and gives them nutrition and wellness advice advice might make them ‘the best.’ To another person, the fact that chiropractor B works weekends and was able to help them with their long-standing hip pain in just 2 visits makes their chiropractor ‘the best.’
So how do I find a great chiropractor?
If you’re looking for a chiropractor in Victoria, you will fall into one of two easy-to-define categories: People that have been to a chiropractor , and those that haven’t.
People who HAVE been to a chiropractor before
Those who have been to a chiropractor have a basis for comparison. They have the advantage of having a general idea of what they like and dislike in a clinic, what works for them, and even which different techniques/treatment systems and approaches that they’d like to experience. However they are also at the disadvantage of having preconceived beliefs about what their future chiropractic care ought to look like and may be closed off to different approaches that might actually benefit them or may be disappointed if they can’t find care that is similar to what they’re used to
These people should consider doing the following:
- Identify what they value in their chiropractic care. You will establish a relationship with your chiropractor, so much like you would write down the qualities you would want in a mate or significant other, write down and prioritize the qualities you would would want in an ideal doctor and clinic. What is their attitude and demeanor like? How do they deliver adjustments? What kind of hours do they have? What kind of patients do they see? What’s the clinic look like? How is the parking? Are they downtown or closer to your house? Do they give lifestyle or wellness advice?
- Research through your social network. People LOVE getting advice. Send a call out on Facebook or other social media for your friends/family’s help in finding a new doc. Mention the qualities you’re looking for. Don’t just accept the fact that someone says ‘so-and-so is great’ as an answer, ask them WHY they’re great, what’s different about their clinic, how do they adjust, what are their specialties, what are their prices like, would they send their own mother there?
- Research online. Online testimonials from former patients will paint a very rosy picture of a chiropractor and their clinic, but trolling around online looking for the several negative comments from disgruntled (sometimes rightfully so) or self-entitled former patients doesn’t give an accurate picture either. Thankfully, statistically speaking chiropractors enjoy very high levels of patient satisfaction, so on the whole the profession delivers a high level of service. Testimonials are useful if you really scan through and READ the testimonials. Are people extolling the specific virtues about the clinic that resonate with you and that you would appreciate based on your values? Are people having symptomatic success with similar things that you’re having issue with?
- Narrow it down. At this point you’ve probably got a handful of potential clinics/chiropractors to choose from. Consider calling the office and getting the front desk to describe their clinic a bit and have a few questions prepared for them. Do they sound proud of the doctor and what they have to offer? Are they dismissive? Digest what they have to say.
- Try to not overthink it. Choosing a chiropractor isn’t an irreversible decision, so try not to experience ‘paralysis by analysis’ or even talk yourself out of going just because the choice may be confusing. Remind yourself why you’re seeking care in the first place, go back to your values list and ask yourself if the clinic you’re considering resonates with you, call the office, and make the appointment. Realize that you may not find the perfect fit on the first try, but if you don’t, chances are that your health will still benefit from going, and you will definitely learn from the experience and grow in knowledge and wisdom and have an even clearer idea of what you’re looking for the next time around.
People who HAVE NOT been to a chiropractor before
Those who haven’t been to a chiropractor are at the disadvantage of having no previous experience with chiropractic, which can be even more confusing and even a little scary. At the same time, they have the advantage of potentially being more open to a range of clinical approaches and techniques since every chiropractor differs in their approach.
These people should consider doing the following:
- Educate yourself using VALID sources. Chiropractic is a scientifically-validated profession that has been around for 130 years and has an outstanding track record of success and safety. This fact isn’t well known however and doesn’t make for good news headlines though. So remember that up until this point the propaganda that unscrupulous news networks and online personalities may be the only false, one-sided opinion you’ve been exposed to. Go online and learn a little about chiropractic history, techniques, etc. Ask friends and family about their experiences and try to soak up as much knowledge as you can before your appointment to put your mind more at ease so that you’re not a ‘deer in the headlights’ or you don’t psych yourself out of getting the help you need.
- Do steps 1-5 above the same as a person who IS familiar with chiropractic care would. You might not have a relationship with the profession yet, but you know yourself and you know what’s important to you and there’s no reason you can’t define what those values are before you go about looking for a chiropractor to help you.
So who is the best??
In reality, this is a question only a patient can give an opinion on based on their own experience and their own personal set of values and priorities. So get out there and find that amazing chiropractor who will help improve your quality of life and the lives of those you care about- there’s lots out there!