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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Chiropractor

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Written by Dr. Derek Larsen, DC

Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

Last Updated on July 17, 2024

Chiropractic care is an excellent choice to treat chronic pains in joints, back, and any other body part. Chiropractors use adjustment techniques to improve your physical health. These manipulations are non-invasive and the healing lasts for years. There are minimal risks and side effects are mild and rare to non-existent. However, not all chiropractors are the same and taking a good look at the feedback is not enough. Many people are not happy with their experience. Being cautious when choosing a chiropractor, or any medical practitioner  is critical for your health.

Avoid these mistakes when choosing a chiropractor

Mistake #1- Not Checking Reviews: The most convenient method you can use to learn about any business is checking their reviews. Reviews are individuals’ experiences with the business in question. You can also get feedback from their websites and social media platforms. 

Mistake #2- Not Asking About Their Specialty: Chiropractors are trained to deal with a wide variety of conditions. Some chiropractors choose to specialize. There are many specialties within the chiropractic profession including but not limited to. Pediatric Chiropractic, Pregnancy Chiropractic, Sports Chiropractic, Rehabilitation Chiropractic, Nutrition, Internal medicine, Function medicine, Chronic Neck Pain Treatment, Chiropractic neurology are all specialties within the profession. In order to expedite your care, choosing a chiropractor who specializes in your specific area will be very helpful. 

Mistake #3- Not Getting a Thorough Evaluation: Chiropractic procedures are about getting to the root of physical issues and addressing that cause to allow the body to function better. If you visit the clinic but don’t get a thorough evaluation you may be missing out on some aspect of the care that you need. A thorough evaluation is necessary to understand the cause of your symptoms and then design a care plan to focus on addressing that cause. Make sure the chiropractor you choose conducts a thorough evaluation of your condition. 

Mistake #4- Choosing The Cheaper Option: Bargaining when your health is the main subject is not exactly the best idea. Clinics that provide your therapy at very low prices compared to other chiropractors might not be licensed and can get your health at risk. You can check your health insurance if it covers chiropractic procedures to make it a little easier on your pockets.

Mistake #5- Ignoring Interview: Interviewing your chiropractor will give you a better insight into their methods. There is nothing to be ashamed of when asking your potential practitioner about their services. Interviewing them will also allow them to understand your concerns better. You will be able to evaluate if they are the correct choice or if you should check another chiropractor for your specific problems. A good chiropractor is also a good communicator. If your potential doctor makes you comfortable and answers all your questions without giving you a reason for doubt, you can book an appointment with them and start chiropractic care.

About Happy Family Chiropractic

Get rid of your chronic pains with a chiropractor in Juneau, AK. Do visit us at Happy Family Chiropractic. We provide services like chiropractic adjustments, physical examinations, and re-evaluation exams at our clinic. Get your free consultation or book your appointment now! Call us on (907) 531-7604 or email us for more details.

Disclaimer: This article has been written for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing any health issues we recommend that you seek medical attention. You are more than welcome to contact Happy Family Chiropractic with any of your medical concerns and we can help guide you to appropriate treatment whether through chiropractic or through medical intervention. This article and the information herein is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Please consult us or your medical doctor before you attempt any changes that could impact your health. 

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Dr. Derek Larsen, DC Chiropractor
Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

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