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Tips for finding a chiropractor

In the event Dr. Gillman is unfamiliar with the doctors in your area or is unable to make a direct referral, here are the ways to find a competent doctor of chiropractic with a similar practice style to Dr. Gillman. One resource is the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. Go to their website, at www.acbsp.com ( http://www.acbsp.com ) to find a doctor in your area. Then make a phone call for a consultation. Basic things to ask are as follows:

• Does the doctor use a "diversified" technique?" This is the basic "hands-on" style that is mainstream in chiropractic. Avoid DC’s who just use an Activator Instrument, just subscribe to one (fringe) treatment method, such as Activator, Pettibon, Upper Cervical, Gonstead, non-force only, B.E.S.T., "Network," AK, SOT, just to name a few.

• Does the doctor do any hands-on muscle techniques? (massage, stretching, myfascial release, or Graston Technique.)

• Is the doctor skilled at adjusting extremity joints, e.g. elbows or ankles?

• Are physical therapy procedures employed, like ultrasound or exercise training?

• Is there a mandatory x-ray policy for all new patients? (If so, then find another DC)

• Does the doctor see more than five people per hour? How long is the typical treatment session with the DC? (If it's any less than five minutes, then odds are you are not going to get hands-on techniques beyond a quick spine adjustment. While sometimes you may only need a 2 minute tune up, many people need more than just a few bones adjusted.)

• If the chiropractor earned a CCSP, then great! If they finished the 300 hour sports physician diplomate program (DACBSP), then you're probably in good hands.

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