14 Feb 2023

How to Choose a Bristol Chiropractor

By Charles Herbert
bristol chiropractic

If you’ve decided to visit a chiropractor for the first time – congratulations! Chiropractic is a great way to take care of your back, neck, spine and overall health. However, if you’ve never visited a chiropractor before, you might be wondering – how on earth do I choose? 

At Kasa Chiropractic, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what to look for in a Bristol chiropractor (and we’re confident that we tick all those boxes, too). So, if you’re thinking about chiropractic treatment for the first time, read on to discover what a chiropractor does, what to look for in a chiropractor in Bristol and whether chiropractic treatment is right for you. 

“If you suffer from back pain, neck pain or frequent headaches, chiropractic care is likely to be a great option.”

What does a chiropractor do?

Chiropractic is a type of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulation of misalignments of the joints, particularly the spine. A chiropractor is a highly skilled professional who uses different techniques to treat problems with the muscles and joints. This is often focused on the spine, but you’re likely to find that chiropractic relieves tension and pain throughout the whole body! 

Chiropractors use their hands to apply force to the muscles, bones and joints of the spine and neck. These short, sharp, thrusting movements gradually move the joints into different positions, relieving any pain or tension you may be experiencing. 

There are many benefits of chiropractic care, including pain relief, increased energy, better sleep, increased ease of movement, and improved posture, to name just a few! 

Is chiropractic treatment right for me?

If you suffer from back pain, neck pain or frequent headaches, chiropractic care is likely to be a great option. Chiropractors can help with a range of other conditions too, including frozen shoulder, fatigue, muscle aches and digestive problems.

At your first appointment, your chiropractor will perform a thorough assessment; this is to pinpoint the areas that need attention so they can compile the best treatment plan for you. They’ll also ask for an overview of your medical history to determine whether you would benefit from chiropractic care. 

Overall, the best way to assess whether chiropractic treatment is right for you, is to ask a chiropractor. They’ll be able to alleviate any concerns or point you in the direction of alternative treatments if chiropractic isn’t a good fit. The majority of patients do benefit from chiropractic care however, it isn’t just reserved for those with a bad back. So, speak to a chiropractor about your condition – you might be pleasantly surprised at what they can do for you. 

“Chiropractic can feel quite intimate, so it’s essential to find a chiropractor who you feel comfortable with to put you at ease.”

How to find the right Bristol chiropractic

Once you’ve determined that chiropractic care is right for you – how do you find the right chiropractor? We’ve put together a list of what to look for in a Bristol chiropractor (or chiropractors further afield!) to help narrow down your search. 

Make sure they’re registered

It’s very important to make sure that your chosen chiropractor is registered with the General Chiropractic Council. This has been a legal requirement since 1999, and it’s illegal for anyone to call themselves a chiropractor without the required university training and full registration with the GCC. 

You can use the search tool on the GCC website if you need to check a specific chiropractor’s credentials, or have a general look at the number of registered chiropractors available in Bristol. The tool allows you to search by city, county, country or postcode, or by surname or registration number. 

Ask for recommendations from family and friends

Many people who visit a chiropractor do so after a recommendation from a friend or family member. Here at Kasa, we frequently run promotions offering discounts to the family or friends of current patients – so keep your eyes peeled! 

Talking to someone you trust is a great way to find out more about what you can expect when visiting a chiropractor for the first time. They’ll also be able to tell you more about the treatments and general approach of the clinic, to help you decide whether it might be a good fit and how it differs from alternative treatments

Check local reviews 

Local reviews are another great way to get a better feel of the clinic or chiropractor that you’re thinking about visiting. It’s normal to find a mixture of reviews, but be on the lookout for any repeated issues or trends that sound concerning. Green flags to look out for in reviews include comments about the chiropractor’s demeanor (e.g did they put the patient at ease), their experience and how quickly they were able to diagnose the problem or relieve symptoms. 

Which treatments do they offer?

Many chiropractic clinics offer more than just traditional chiropractic care, so it’s always worth looking at the full list of treatments on offer. At Kasa Chiropractic, we also offer sports massage and soft tissue therapy, alongside chiropractic care. 

These additional treatments work very well alongside chiropractic, and help to further relieve pain, relax the muscles, prevent future injury and ensure that you get the maximum benefits from your chiropractic treatment.

Find a chiropractor you feel comfortable with

Chiropractic can feel quite intimate, so it’s essential to find a chiropractor who you feel comfortable with to put you at ease. Chiropractors know that their patients might be nervous when coming for treatment for the first time and we want to take the time to ensure you’re as relaxed and comfortable as possible. 

At Kasa, our patient-centric approach leads with listening to our patients – we’ll take the time to really understand you and how you’re feeling before any treatment begins. 

Book a consultation at our Bristol Chiropractic Clinic today 

If you’re looking for a chiropractor in Bristol, get in touch with Kasa Chiropractic today! We’re proud to offer highly effective chiropractic care, alongside sports massage and soft tissue therapy. To make an appointment with one of our skilled Bristol chiropractors, or to manage an existing appointment, click here to use our online booking system. We look forward to welcoming you to our Southville or Clifton chiropractic clinic very soon!

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