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How to recognize good chiropractic care

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Dr. Peter Stanton, a chiropractic orthopedist from Burke, Virginia, offers these guidelines for identifying a chiropractic physician and the expected course of events during chiropractic care.

How does your chiropractor measure up?

Avoid chiropractors who?

  • Emphasize “philosophy” or tout their treatment as a substitute for general medical care
  • Apply pressure sales techniques or rely on their charismatic personalities
  • Insistence on taking x rays of every patient

Typical treatment scenario.

  • A trial of 2 to 3 weeks of care consisting of 4 to 6 treatments
  • Noticeable improvement during that time
  • End treatment if you are no longer making progress
  • Instruction on the use of complementary home care such as exercises, stretching, and proper ergonomics


  • Do not return for weekly “maintenance visits” when treatment is finished.
  • One visit every few months should be enough to maintain joint mobility for most patients.

9/13/07 10:17 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.