By Dr. Sylvia Skefich, Chiropractor

Any person may want to know how to find a “good” chiropractor in their area. Or maybe they are trying to find a practitioner out of the area for a friend or family member or for an upcoming move. Here is what you can do.

Firstly, ask around about craniosacral and chiropractic therapists

Ask your friends who know people in the city in question. Word of mouth is a good way to get reputable information. Reputation speaks for itself. You may even get a level of detail that can help you with your decision just by asking if your friend happens to have first-hand knowledge of the doctor.

It can also be useful to ask strangers as to who is a good chiropractor or a good bodyworker in the area. For example, if you are already in the town in question, ask the grocery checkout people … ask your realtor … and ask your transport workers who they go to. The more information you have the better. It doesn’t mean you have to follow any one of these recommendations, but if you hear a name over and over, it could be a good bet that the practitioner is proficient or even great.

The Upledger Institute – a cranio-sacral therapist resource

As far as cranio-sacral therapists, in particular, you can go to The Upledger Institute International website and click on the menu header “UII Network.” There you can search for a practitioner using a zip code.

How do you know which practitioner to choose from on that website once your options appear? Well, there is no one way, but you might want to choose the practitioner with the most classes under her or his belt. You may even find a practitioner with a “teaching assistant” title (which indicates a high level of proficiency).

A good way o choose a cranio-sacral practitioner from this Upledger website resource is to look for class graduates with either a chiropractor (“D.C”), or an osteopath (“D.O”) by the title after their name.

This would mean that even if the doctor has not taken a whole bunch of classes from this institute, that she or he can do adjustments or manipulations and who also gravitates to the subtle techniques like cranio-sacral therapy.

Doctors may be quite good at cranio-sacral therapy without having taken a lot of Upledger classes (being that chiropractors and osteopaths have other means of learning the technique).


Professional Associations for Chiropractors and Cranio-Sacral Therapists

You can also go to websites of “professional associations” and see who is listed there. Chiropractors in particular have professional associations to which they may be a member. Although to be a member of a professional association is not one-to-one with a high skill level or indication of the type of method used, it is a good sign that that any doctor listed there is one who “gives back” to the profession with dues that support the longevity of chiropractic.

These dues help to ensure that the profession does not get crushed or edged out of legitimate recognition within the law. There is always work to be done, from keeping the right of chiropractors to be able to do school sports exams, to making sure that other professions do not gobble up the distinction of the chiropractic profession–“the chiropractic adjustment/manipulation.” If other professions like physical therapists or personal trainers gained the ability to perform this distinct therapy without chiropractic training, then our profession and the public would be at risk.

The associations support chiropractic legitimacy in so many ways.

In California, you can go to the website for the “CCA”—the California Chiropractic Association to look at the members there. For other states, you can Google your state name + “chiropractic association.” A nationwide chiropractic association is the “ACA”–the American Chiropractic Association.

Some doctors are members of both associations (state and national), while others are members of just one association. (Personal Note: Dr. Skefich is a member of the California Chiropractic Association and has held multiple officer positions in her local district including President and Vice President.)

Another thing you can do is look for certification institutions of advanced competency. For example, the San Diego Spine Research Institute certifies chiropractors and other doctor types in “Whiplash and Brain Traumatology.” Their site has a “search by region” function under the tab about “managing whiplash” to search for practitioners.

You can find my name, Dr. Sylvia Skefich, D.C. on this site with an “Advanced Competency” banner.

The SDRI website is a good resource for doctors to go to if you are healing from an injury, specifically an auto accident injury, where you want manual therapy to help you improve.

There are many good doctors and manual therapists out there. If you don’t find what you are looking for, don’t give up. Practitioners are as unique as people are. Although it may feel like finding a needle in the haystack sometimes, it can be worth it to find the right person that you can rely on for years or even for decades of care to come.

© Sylvia Skefich 2020