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What to Look for When Choosing a Chiropractor

choosing a chiropractor

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 May 21, 2024

When you are looking for a chiropractor, it is important to find one that is right for you. There are many different chiropractors out there, and each one has their own style and approach. If you don’t choose the right chiropractor, you may not get the results that you are hoping for. In this blog post, we will discuss how to choose the right chiropractor for you and what to look for when making your decision.

What to Look for When Choosing a Chiropractor

When you are looking for a chiropractor, you want to make sure that you are choosing a qualified professional. Here are a few things to look for:

  1. Make sure the chiropractor is licensed in your state.
  2. Ask about their training and experience. Chiropractors must complete extensive training in order to be certified.
  3. Ask about the chiropractor’s treatment philosophy. Do they believe in using a hands-on approach, do they use other treatments such as massage or acupuncture?
  4. Ask about the chiropractor’s fees. Fees can vary widely, so it is important to know what to expect ahead of time.
  5. Ask for references from past patients. This can give you a good idea of what to expect from treatment.

By following these steps, you  can be sure that you are choosing a qualified chiropractor who will be able to provide you with the treatment you need.

How to Find the Right Chiropractor for You

There are a few things you can do to help you find the right chiropractor for you. First, make sure to ask your friends and family for recommendations. If they’ve had a good experience with a chiropractor, they’ll be more than happy to refer you. You can also do a quick online search to see if any of your local chiropractors have been featured in online reviews.

Once you’ve compiled a list of potential chiropractors, it’s important to take the time to meet with them in person. During your initial consultation, be sure to ask questions about their approach to chiropractic care and how they would treat your specific condition. It’s also important to get a feel for the chiropractor’s personality – do you feel comfortable working with them?

If you’re still not sure which chiropractor is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact the International Chiropractic Association (ICA). The ICA is the largest professional organization for chiropractors in the world and can put you in touch with a qualified chiropractor in your area.

What to Expect from Your First Chiropractic Appointment

If you are considering chiropractic care at Happy Family Chiropractic, your first appointment will likely be a consultation with Dr. Derek. During this appointment, he will assess your health history, discuss the benefits of chiropractic care and determine a treatment plan that fits your needs.

Depending on the extent of your condition, Dr. Derek may recommend one or more treatments, such as spinal adjustments, massage therapy, or stretches and exercises. He will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals.

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is one of the most effective ways to treat and manage back pain. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to adjust the spine and relieve pressure on the nervous system. Some of the benefits of chiropractic care include:

  • Relief from back pain
  • Relief from neck pain
  • Improved joint function
  • Improved posture
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Increased energy levels

How Often Should You See a Chiropractor

If you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, headaches, or other chronic issues, you should see a chiropractor as often as needed to alleviate your symptoms. For some people, this means three visits a week, while others may only need to see a chiropractor once a month. It is important to work with your chiropractor to develop a treatment plan that works best for you. Depending on your condition, you may need to see a chiropractor more or less often.

Tips for Staying Healthy and Avoiding Pain

There are many things people can do to stay healthy and avoid pain. Some simple tips are to eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, and get enough sleep. It’s also important to maintain a good posture, avoid sitting for too long, and use good ergonomics when working or playing. Taking breaks often and stretching throughout the day can also help reduce pain and fatigue. Chiropractic care can also help keep the body functioning at its best.

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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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