Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care discipline which focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system and how that relationship affects the maintenance and restoration of health. It aids your nervous system by removing any nerve compression and irritation that can be caused by stress, thus reviving the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Chiropractic adjustments are gentle and specific. Treatment is carefully tailored for every individual to restore the normal function of the spinal joints. The result is an increase in mobility, a decrease in pain and discomfort in addition to a wide range of health benefits as the nerves cease to be irritated.
2. I've heard some negative things about chiropractic. Are these true?
There are several rumours surrounding chiropractic, however, if any of these were true, chiropractic would no longer be in practice (as is the case with bloodletting and other ineffective procedures). However, not only has it survived but it is a thriving field as people increasingly turn to safe and natural approaches that steer clear of drugs or surgery.
3. How long does each treatment take?
On average, the first consultation takes about twenty minutes. This is followed by a series of treatment sessions each lasting around 10 to 15 minutes. In more serious cases, these sessions may be extended as the need arises depending on your body’s condition and needs.
4. How long will it take to get better?
Your recovery is dependent on many factors such as the extent of the problem, the length of time you have had it and your own commitment to any rehabilitative exercises and follow-up consultations which your chiropractor may recommend. It also depends on your body’s ability to recover. As a result, some people may experience changes in a few days or weeks, while others may take months.
5. For whom is chiropractic suitable?
Chiropractic treatment is suitable for everyone including new-born babies, the elderly, pregnant women and sports enthusiasts. Once you have recovered, your chiropractor will offer exercise and lifestyle advice to help maintain your health.
6. What is the "popping" sound during adjustment?
When the two surfaces of a joint are moved apart rapidly, as happens in a chiropractic adjustment, there is a change of pressure within the joint space. This sometimes causes a bubble of gas to “pop”. Although audible, the sound does not have any negative implications and is not associated with pain.
7. Will the treatment hurt?
When carried out correctly by a qualified chiropractor, adjustments are not painful. However, if you are suffering from acute muscle spasm where even the lightest touch hurts, there may be some discomfort while the muscular knots are released as well as some possible post-treatment soreness for the next one to two days. Also, if you have been experiencing a problem for some time or if it is a chronic complaint, you may feel sore after the treatments as your body adjusts; however, there should not be any pain during the adjustment. Your chiropractor will tell you if treatment is likely to hurt.
It is important to note that beginning treatment is like going to the gym for the first few times ─ it may ache but overall your body is improving and you will feel better for it.
8. Are all patients adjusted in the same way?
No. Your treatment care plan is carefully designed and tailored to suit your specific needs.
9. Should I bring my family for chiropractic checks?
Yes. The advantage of chiropractic is that it can help prevent discomfort, pain and even disease, and is suitable for everyone. It is entirely appropriate to visit a chiropractor even if you have no pain, as restrictions in movement can often be detected before symptoms appear.
10. Is chiropractic treatment safe, even if I've already had surgery?
Chiropractic is remarkably safe when treatment is carried out by a properly qualified practitioner. In pre-surgery cases, early treatment can prevent needless spinal surgery, and if necessary, your chiropractor is trained to recognise conditions which need to be referred elsewhere.
Post-surgery, chiropractic care is extremely safe. In fact, surgery can cause improper alignment and extreme muscle stiffness that proper chiropractic care can resolve.
11. Why should I return after treatment if I'm feeling fine?
After treatment, your body no longer aches. However, if the lifestyle that caused the problem has not changed, regular treatment should continue to ensure that the pain does not resurface. This will allow you to enjoy a constant state of good joint and muscular health while costing you less in the long run.
12. Can I adjust myself? Is there anything wrong with me "cracking" my neck or back?
On your own, you will not be able to achieve the proper position needed to make the correct adjustment and may cause your body more harm. At best, any relief you have will only be temporary. The need to “crack” your joints indicates the need for an adjustment, so fix a consultation with your chiropractor.