Frequently Asked Questions
How does chiropractic work?
Gentle manipulation techniques are used on the spine and other joints of the body to relieve pain and restore normal joint mobility. Chiropractors look for areas of your spine where the joints may be fixated and ‘pressing’ or ‘pinching’ on nerves. By re-aligning the spine and relieving irritation of the adjacent nerves, the spinal column allowed to function at its optimal level.
What is an adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments can vary greatly, but generally they involve a quick impulse in a specific direction to restore proper movement to a joint. Some methods are done using the chiropractor’s hands, a hand-held instrument, or a special device on a table. There are many ways to adjust the spine and the most appropriate method will be chosen for each patient. There are some very gentle techniques that can be used to treat infants and the elderly.
Will the treatment hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is usually painless unless an area is inflamed, in which case treatment will be modified. Don’t worry if you hear a clicking or popping sound when one of your joints is being adjusted – this is perfectly normal. It is also normal to experience some reaction to treatment, including temporary discomfort, stiffness, or tiredness for a day or so. On the other hand, you may feel more energetic. It is important to talk to your chiropractor if you feel worried about anything during or after treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required will depend on the seriousness of your condition, how long you have had the condition, your age, and your overall fitness level. Every person will react differently to treatment so it is impossible to predict exactly how many treatments will be needed. Although even a single treatment can be beneficial, it generally takes a series of treatments for long-term changes to occur. Your chiropractor will be able to give a general guide to the number of treatments to expect after your initial thorough examination.
Will my insurance pay for chiropractic care?
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. We are contracted into BUPA, AXA PPP, Pruhealth, Aviva, etc. while many others pay for our services.
How do I know if 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 treatment time is often greatly reduced and pain can be avoided. Conditions such as twinges, stiffness, pins and needles, headaches, poor posture, and an uneven gait can indicate a possible problem within the spine. It would be wonderful if everyone had their spine checked once a year, like an MOT for your back, to catch small problems before they have a chance to become bigger problems.
Can I have chiropractic care after back/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 that they have problems above or below the involved area. These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care. With the rest of the spine functioning optimally less stress will be put on the vulnerable segments.
Can I have chiropractic care while pregnant?
Yes. Many pregnant women benefit from chiropractic care. Your body is changing rapidly, altering your centre of gravity and your gait. This in turn can put stresses on your spine and other joints. With chiropractic care these areas can be balanced, decreasing the levels of discomfort.