How to find the right chiropractor in Portland metro

Back to Blog   Posted:   February 19, 2016 by Wellpdx

These days chiropractors in Portland are about as common coffee shops so how is someone supposed to make an informed decision when selecting a chiropractor? We have put together a few questions that may help you decide. After you have an idea of what is important to you, make sure to visit the Wellpdx homepage to start your search. Enter your own insurance, location and specialty information then browse matched profiles to learn more about each practitioner’s experience and approach. 


Why would I see a chiropractor?

Generally, people seek out chiropractic care for pain. However, because of the spine’s relationship to the nervous system, chiropractic may help with almost any health concern you are facing. Chiropractic care is also wonderful as preventive medicine to help keep you well throughout your life. 

How can I find the right chiropractor in Portland metro?

If you have a complicated or specialized health concern, focus on chiropractors who specialize in your issue. For example, if you are pregnant you will likely want a practitioner who specializes in pregnancy. If you don’t have any specific concerns, focus on finding a chiropractor with a convenient location, possibly close to where you live or work. Wellpdx features acupuncturists all across Portland metro from Lake Oswego to Vancouver and Gresham to Beaverton.

Will my health insurance cover chiropractic care?

If you are curious whether your insurance plan has chiropractic benefits call your insurance company to find out. Wellpdx allows you to search by health insurance and many chiropractors offer complimentary insurance verification calls where they can confirm your coverage. If you don’t have chiropractic benefits, you can search by price range from the advanced search on the bottom of the homepage. 

Are there different approaches and techniques in chiropractic care?

Yes, there are many different approaches and techniques within chiropractic care. Examples include low force Activator Method and Webster Technique which is often used in pregnancy. Read practitioner profiles to learn about their approach. For example, if you are sensitive you may resonate with a provider who stresses being gentle in their approach.

I’ve seen a chiropractor before and it didn’t help, should I try it again?

Absolutely! Every chiropractor is different in experience, style and expertise. Spend some time reading chiropractor profiles on Wellpdx and contact the few that interest you. Many chiropractors offer a complimentary phone call so you can get a better feel for what they offer. Share your previous negative experiences so they help you get the most out of your next chiropractic session.

Is it true that if you start seeing a chiropractor, you have to continue seeing them forever?

Most folks see chiropractic care as merely treatment for pain, however the benefits of chiropractic care extend way beyond pain. If you are seeing a chiropractor for back pain, you may be able to resolve that pain in several visits over a few weeks. Maybe the pain won’t ever come back and you won’t feel the need to be adjusted again. However, many people choose to continue seeing their chiropractor long term because chiropractic care also calms the nervous system, boosts the immune system and promotes proper function of essentially all other systems in the body. Folks feel better and experience less pain and increased vitality with regular adjustments. Over the long term, this may be a monthly or even seasonal adjustment. 

Is chiropractic care safe for children?

Yes, chiropractic care from practitioners that specialize in pediatrics is safe for infants and children. In fact, gentle chiropractic adjustments may help with birth trauma, developmental delays, and other disorders. Treatments plans for children typically involve many treatments over several months as adjustments are very gentle. During the first two years of life, the brain and spine grow more than any other time. A chiropractor’s help during this time can have great preventative health benefits for your child. 


Adding a chiropractor to your healthcare team can have huge benefits for your health and quality of life. Take some time to find a provider you resonate with as the relationship you build with your practitioner could last a lifetime.