Brad Jacobs, MD, MPH, ABIHM

The questions your practitioner should be asking


The answer to the root of your problem is not always as clear as one item or one field of study. Dr Brad Jacobs persuades us to look at all the aspects of our lives.

The Interview

I think as an individual trying to seek care, it’s really confusing. I could see a chiropractor, I could see a naturopath, I could see an acupuncturist…who should I choose for what? If you have back pain, you could see any one of those people, and which one is the best one?

The truth is, there’s no one answer. And in part it really relates to figuring out the practitioner and your relationship with the individual rather than the trade or discipline that they’re trained in. If you’re interested in getting acupuncture, what people typically should do is figure out, do they have a lot of experience with the particular issues that you want to talk to them about.

The vast majority of conditions really have to do with self-care. Hopefully, a big part of that conversation is not just getting on the table and receiving acupuncture needles and maybe herbs, but is also about self-care and lifestyle. So, what are you eating? Are you moving your body? Are you moving it regularly? What’s your social network like and social support? That’s honestly the most important piece and much of our root cause of disharmony in our body — it relates to our own lifestyle. One of the questions I often ask people, ” Tell me about the rhythm of your life. How are things going these days? How are you spending your time?”

One big question is, are they able to engage in that sort of conversation? Are they able to give a treatment where you feel a response from it? Then within four to six treatments, you should feel a response and if you don’t, maybe it’s time to try a different practitioner within that field of acupuncture for example, or a different system with a different whole system approach.

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