Let us say this up front…we’re not saying that we’re the best chiropractor in Toronto. There are over 500 chiropractors in Toronto…we know some of them, but certainly not all of them, so that would be impossible, and arrogant, to say.
However, there are five key things we’d recommend to anyone looking for the best Toronto chiropractor.
1. Does the Toronto chiropractor have some decent reviews online?
If a chiropractor is doing a good job helping their patients, there should be some indication of this somewhere, and nowadays, that means online.
2. Is the Toronto chiropractor thorough?
Thoroughness is something to value with any professional that you work with. What does that look like in a Toronto chiropractic clinic? Does the chiropractor do a thorough consultation, a thorough examination (structural postural assessment, movement patterns, neurological and muscle testing), do they take digital structural x-rays?
It’s sort of like with your dentist. If you went to the dentist, and they told you that you had cavities, and they were going to drill them out…but, they didn’t insist on first doing a thorough assessment, and taking x-rays to CONFIRM that diagnosis, you’d likely be a little suspicious, or wary of this professional. You might consider a different dentist.
It’s no different for a Toronto chiropractor. While our assessment skills through visualization and palpation (feeling for motion) are excellent, nothing replaces actually seeing the positioning of the spinal bones on x-ray, and the health or degeneration of the bones and joints.
3. Does the Toronto chiropractor take the time to explain everything to you, in DETAIL?
This means not just rushing you to the adjustment table, but explaining what is happening, WHY it’s happening, and what can be done to correct it. For you to be involved in your care, and to get the best results possible with a chiropractor in Toronto, an understanding of the problem and the process to correct it is crucial.
4. Does the Toronto chiropractor recommend a treatment plan, designed to not only help you temporarily feel better, but to correct the underlying structural problems?
If all you want to do for now is feel better temporarily, fine. However, you should at least have the option, and understand what’s involved, if you chose a corrective course, to not only feel better now, but also to help you to prevent the problem from coming back in the future, and getting worse.
5. Does the Toronto chiropractor expect YOU to be an active participant in your recovery?
Chiropractic adjustments are great, but they’re not everything…some active care is REQUIRED to correct long-term spinal distortion. Active exercises should be recommended by your chiropractor as part of the plan to help you get better now, and stay better long term.
6. **This is a bonus, and maybe a bit of a warning.**
Is the Toronto chiropractor a “jack of all trades”?
Are they using every modality under the sun on you, with little to no hands-on treatment, or worse yet, do they try to upsell you on one multilevel marketing nutrient after another? If you feel they’re more concerned about their bottom line than your health, don’t walk out of there – run.
Take a moment and ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you feel respected and heard in the Toronto chiropractic clinic?
- Do the other patients there look happy, and are they getting healthier?
- Does the chiropractor present options to you, giving you their best recommendation, as any professional should, but respecting your right to ultimately choose what is best for you?
This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but it you answered yes to all these questions, you’re on your way to seeing a great Toronto chiropractor…maybe even the best chiropractor in Toronto.
If we can help you on your search to feeling better and getting healthier, please let us know.
All the best, Dr. Byron Mackay
Dr. Elizabeth Viglasky