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What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is a health care profession based on interactions of the spine and nervous system, as well as the surrounding muscles.
What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care can: -Improve movement and function in your neck, shoulders, back, -torso and extremities -Improve your posture -Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain -Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries -Lead to enhanced athletic performance -Improve your flexibility and range of motion -Relieve pregnancy-related back ache -Correct gait and foot problems
Are chiropractors doctors?
Yes. Doctors of Chiropractic (also known as chiropractors) are not medical doctors, but go through a similar education process to become licensed in the field of chiropractic care. In fact, educational requirements for chiropractors are among the most stringent of any health care profession.
Do children need chiropractic care?
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child's spine. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having your children's spine checked by a chiropractor early. Many parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.
Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. It's an unfortunate fact that more than half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as "failed back surgery syndrome." Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is used initially, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, "locked up," or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health.
Is chiropractic treatment effective?
Typically, yes, chiropractic treatment is effective. Chiropractic care is adapted to the individual, and it's generally gentle. Of course, as with any other type of medical treatment, chiropractic does carry some risks, such as increased pain and injury. Before seeing a doctor of chiropractic, be sure he or she is completely qualified to treat your spine condition. Your chiropractor should be board-qualified and licensed.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself safely, correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a "popping" sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!
What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
Chiropractors base their care on the detection correction, and prevention of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). We use specific spinal adjustments to correct the spine, to improve nerve system functions and reduce nerve interference. Osteopaths use drugs, surgery and other traditional medical therapies and only occasionally use manipulative procedures.
How Long Until I Feel Better?
Whilst some patients experience almost instant relief nearly all patients are feeling better in one to two weeks. There are many factors that affect your rate of healing such as your age, the type of injury, your general health and how long you have had the problem. Every person is different and so rates of healing will differ.
How much will it cost?
This varies from individual to individual, and depends on factors such as the length of time the problem has been present, the motivation to get well, the ability to carry out home care instructions (exercises, stretches, etc).
How often will I need to come?
In the beginning you will need more frequent adjustments in order to mobilise your spine and stimulate the start of improved spinal function – this will usually result in the relief of aches or pain. Repetition of the treatment at the beginning is similar to training the body to perform a new task, the more it’s done, the quicker your body is able to hold the new balanced state. The frequency of your visits is reduced as your spinal function improves.