to find an Alternative Practitioner
and news articles
magazines and newspapers frequently have articles written by respected
health practitioners in the community. You can learn useful
information about a practitioner's treatment approach or specialization
by reading their article. Many local magazines also publish
public-voted lists of "the best of the city", which often
include health practitioners.
therapies that are regulated by state or provincial governing bodies
require practitioners to pass an examination and obtain a license
before they can legally use a professional title, such as chiropractor.
These associations set strict standards for education and professional
competency, can confirm a practitioners credentials, and even tell
you if any complaints or charges have been made. However,
they usually cannot provide information about a practitioners specialization
or further education.
in a professional association is optional, and a license is not
required to legally practice. There are frequently several
professional associations a practitioner can join, so it is essential
to inquire about the level of training and education required
for certification and theoretical approach. Professional associations
can often provide information about a practitioner's specialization
and further training, but be aware that some associations do not
check their members qualifications.
a trusted health practitioner, such as your family doctor, naturopath,
chiropractor, or acupuncturist, for a recommendation is a great
way of finding a practitioner. Most health practitioners
are familiar with other professionals in the community.
schools of non-traditional therapies hire experienced, well-known
practitioners as teachers. Involvement in teaching, writing,
and research usually means that they are aware of the latest developments
in the field; teachers also communicate well and will use words
and explanations you can understand.
family members, and co-workers can provide valuable recommendations
based on personal experience. Be sure to ask what they liked
and disliked about the treatment, how effective the treatments were,
how many treatments they needed before they noticed results, and
the therapist's treatment philosophy. Even if you do not choose
to see this practitioner, you will learn more about what you want
and what is available in your city.