Frequently asked questions
1) Who can benefit from Chiropractic?
Chiropractic caters to people of all ages. This is because chiropractors use a wide range of techniques. Some of these techniques are very gentle, as used on babies and the elderly, while others are more forceful, like those used on sportsmen and women. Most patients present to a chiropractor because of a particular pain or dysfunction, but chiropractic can be very effective in preventing problems before they start, for example improving posture before in leads to back and / or neck pain. The first thing any good chiropractor would do before carrying out any care is to do a thorough history and examination to make sure that chiropractic is right for you.
2) How does Chiropractic work?
With the use of specific adjustment techniques (joint manipulation), chiropractors help restore normal joint movement and alignment. This will improve the function of those particular joints. Inflammation and muscle spasm decreases while circulation improves. The area can now operate more normally and proper healing can take place.
3) What is an Adjustment?
An adjustment generally involves a quick thrust to a joint in a specific direction to restore proper movement. Most methods are done through the use of hands, a hand-held instrument or a device on our table. There are various ways to adjust the spine and the technique used will be specific to each patient (these include very gentle procedures for elderly people and children).
4) Will the treatment hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is usually painless unless an area is inflamed (in which case the treatment will be modified). An adjustment may produce a clicking sound. This is a bubble being released from the fluid in the joint. Commonly, patients feel better immediately after the adjustment. Some patients do experience some increased discomfort or stiffness for a day or so. Your chiropractor will be able to explain all side-effects to you. These are generally minimal.
5) Will my insurance pay for Chiropractic?
Most major insurance companies pay for Chiropractic services. You will have to be in contact with your individual insurance company to find out if they cover you. Most insurance companies will require a letter of referral from your GP.
6) How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required will depend on many factors. These include: how long you have had the problem; how serious your condition might be; how old you are; and your overall level of health and fitness. Every person reacts differently to treatment so it is impossible to predict exactly how many treatments will be needed. It generally takes a series of treatments for long-term changes to occur. Your chiropractor will be able to give a guide to the number of treatments required after your initial examination.
7) How do I know I need Chiropractic care?
Pain is often what first brings a person into a chiropractic office, however, if a condition is caught before this stage the amount of treatment required is often greatly reduced, and pain can probably be avoided. Conditions such as twinges, stiffness, pins and needles, headaches, poor posture, and an uneven gait (method of walking) can indicate a possible problem within the spine.
8) Can I have Chiropractic care after back or neck surgery?
Yes. The chiropractor will alter the treatment to ensure that no stresses will be placed on a vulnerable part of your spine (after surgery people often find problems above or below the affected area). With the rest of the spine functioning optimally due to treatment, less stress will be put on the vulnerable segments.
9) Can I have Chiropractic care while pregnant?
Yes. Many pregnant women benefit from chiropractic care. Your body changes rapidly, altering your centre of gravity and your gait. This in turn stresses your spine and other joints. With chiropractic care these areas can be balanced, decreasing the levels of discomfort.