How To Find The “Best Chiropractor Near Me”

How To Find The “Best Chiropractor Near Me” Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic

09 Apr How To Find The “Best Chiropractor Near Me”

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Are you looking for the “best chiropractor near me”?


Do you realize how big of a deal it is to pursue the solution to your pain (or disease) with deep, heartfelt presence?

You deserve a huge round of applause.

Searching for the “best” means that you are ready to do whatever you have to do to fix your problem, NOW!

So many people waste time, money, and energy messing around with interventions, therapies, doctors, or healthcare providers that aren’t focused on fixing the problem and getting results. In May, 2017, we interviewed 8 of our patients to learn more about what healthcare that doesn’t work looks like. Most dissatisfaction comes from a lack of or lost trust.

To find trust again, finding the “best chiropractor near me” absolutely requires several areas of focus beyond what American Chiropractors recommends:

  1. Research: If you don’t study what’s out there around you, then you’re gambling with your time, money, and energy. After all, the doctor who you see for your pain is the person who you’re putting in charge of your body, the humble vessel that gives you life! Best to choose wisely.
  2. Prioritization: Have you prioritized pain relief at the top of your “To Do” List? I know your health and fitness is a priority, but is pain relief (and reverse your body’s age, quite literally) #1? It needs to be. If you think you can keep working out without addressing the root of your pain, how do you think that’s going to go 3 months (or 30 years) down the road?
  3. Responsibility: Victims blame the world. Growers “blame” themselves. Have you taken responsibility for your path and the reasons why you’re hurting? It’s a life principle of mine that I avoid victims and victim conversations like the plague.
  4. Power: Once you realize you have the power to change your life circumstances, then you have no choice but to start to use your mental power (more specifically, your thoughts) to process what’s happening around you. More on this, below.

pain-specialistHow Far Are Patients Coming To See The Chiropractor?

Our practice, Barefoot Rehab, is located in Denville, NJ.

We are dead center of Northern New Jersey at the intersections of Rt. 80 and 287:

  • 50 minute drive (32 miles) from New York City
  • 43 minute drive (41 miles) from Pennsylvania border
  • 66 minute drive (64 miles) from Greenwich, CT (closest city to NJ)

In the past two months, we’ve had new patients come to see us from:

  • Connecticut
  • New York City
  • Pennsylvania
  • Portland, OR (yes, the Oregon on the West Coast)

As someone who has struggled to celebrate any milestone in life and who deals with depression on a week-to-week basis, I’m happy to say I’m very proud of the fact that people have travelled more then 30 miles to come see us.


The beautiful thing about seeing a doctor who has empathy for who you are as a human being is that they’re not going to offer treatment to 100% of the people they see because the problem they fix is not universal.

The patients I saw from Pennsylvania and Connecticut received a diagnosis that did not warrant treatment.

The woman from Pennsylvania required an MRI of her groin muscle to see if the tendon was degenerated or torn.

The man from Connecticut who was mis-diagnosed with hamstring pathology asked me:

I plan on skiing til the winter is over. Is it worthwhile to start treatment now or wait?

I told him to wait until he can take stress off of low back.  Creating a healing environment for his low back will stack the odds so that treatment provides as much relief as possible. As always, the 5 Visit Rule will be in effect so he won’t have to worry about wasting his time or energy.

The 5 Visit Rule

Time is one of the 3 qualities to look out for in Handsome Dr. Joe’s circle matrix of finding the best chiropractor near you.

My questions for you:

  1. How are you willing to go to get out of pain?
  2. How far are patients already going to see the chiropractor you want to see?

Seriously, don’t keep reading. Pause and close your eyes. What are you aiming for?

What “Crazy” Looks Like

A dear friend of mine is in the Ridgewood, NJ, school district.

Her colleague had rotator cuff surgery on one shoulder which thankfully, was successful.

This woman was about to undergo surgery for her other shoulder when my friend told her what we do at Barefoot Rehab:

Before you get cut open with a scalpel, my friend Dr. Chris treats annoying, frustrating pains and hard cases. Do you want to see him first? ~My friend

Where is he located? ~”Crazy” woman

Denville, NJ. ~My friend

That’s too far (it’s a 30 minute drive). I just want to get surgery ~”Crazy” woman

My friend told me about her colleague and was trying to desperately understand this rationale.

Her thoughts were:

This woman would rather get cut open and have surgery which doesn’t even have a high success rate then drive 30 minutes to see what the actual problem is for her pain?!?

Yeah, it’s crazy!

The continuum of care for any doctor across the world will tell you that you do the less invasive thing before the more invasive thing unless there’s a compelling diagnosis warranting not to.

While this woman could have a complete rupture of a rotator cuff tendon requiring surgery now, that’s not the impression I got.

In addition to running away from victims, “crazies” are another group of people I recommend we all run away from.

How many reviews does the doctor have?

Our practice, Barefoot Rehab, measures our success by the results we get.

At the time of this writing, we have 58 5-star reviews on Facebook.


And 35 5-star reviews on Google.


We take those reviews very seriously.

Questions for you:

  1. Does the chiropractor you’re considering have a lot of reviews?
  2. When you read those reviews, do you see some of the same issues or concerns you have in the people who have found relief?

Drop From Your Head Into Your Heart

Once you’ve used your mental power to narrow your choices down for the “best chiropractor near me” down to 2-3 and there are no other determining factors to contemplate, it’s time to drop from your head into your heart.

Stop thinking.

Start feeling.

Take one chiropractor, doctor, or clinic, look at their website or an email from them.

How does that chiropractor make you feel?

Do it with all of your options.

Which chiropractor (or pain doctor) feels most right? Like you’ve come home? Maybe, all warm and tingly on the inside.

Do consider that the time to drop from your head into your head is the same time to reflect on how much longer your injury can take without you finding a real solution. If you let it go too long without addressing the root of the problem, it could be come too

In Western society, we have lost touch with our hearts and our intuition.

The heart has very real empathetic powers that when cultivated, can bring us enormous decision-making power. This power only comes back into your hands when you take responsibility.

It only takes sensitizing yourself to its whispers.

Wherever you live, what variables or factors did you use to make a decision to find the “best chiropactor near me” or doctor you would see? Feel free to share.

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Dr. Chris Stepien, DC, Full-Body ID Certified, ART Certified, CSCS, and CrossFit Level 1 Certified, fixes your annoying and frustrating pains, even when it's been over 6 months and you've seen 3-5 other doctors or therapists without lasting relief Barefoot Rehab in Denville, NJ. And when you're sad, depressed, or not enjoying life, Dr. Chris wants to hug you. He invites you to reach out, no matter what your concern is. Barefoot Rehab is here to serve you.
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