What is Chiropractic?
A health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft tissue manipulation.
Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of bones and muscles that support the body (the ‘musculoskeletal system’). Some problems of the musculoskeletal system can be caused by accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and everyday wear and tear. These problems may cause pressure on the nerves in the body.
Depending on your condition, the chiropractor may manipulate parts of your spine or joints and give you advice on exercise, self-help, diet and lifestyle.
Manipulation involves precisely handling or moving joints, or parts of the spine, sometimes moving them further than they would normally move.
Chiropractic treatment is usually painless unless an area is inflamed (swollen). If this is the case the chiropractor will alter the treatment.
Don’t worry if you hear a clicking or popping noise when one of your joints is being manipulated – this is
perfectly normal with this form of treatment.
Some patients have mild reactions such as temporary aches and pains after their spine or joints have been manipulated or after exercising.
It is important that you talk to your chiropractor if you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment.
Your details are confidential. No one else will be allowed to see your notes without your permission.
What do I need to know before my treatment starts?
Before your treatment starts, your chiropractor will explain to you clearly:
- what they found in the examination
- the treatment plan they propose
- the benefits and any significant risks associated with your condition and proposed treatment.
Ask your chiropractor as many questions as you need to, to be sure that you understand what they have told you.
How many treatments will I need?
This is determined by taking the history and examination. Everyone is individual and responds differently. Some things to consider are the nature of the problem, what caused it, how long you’ve had it, your age, lifestyle and stress levels.
To receive optimal benefits from your chiropractic treatment it is important to follow the treatment plan provided, perform all exercises given, make any lifestyle changes recommended and keep a positive attitude.
Some common problems treated with Chiropractic care are:
- Neck, mid back and low back pain or stiffness
- Headaches originating from the neck or shoulders
- Arm, shoulder, elbow or hand problems
- Hip, knee, ankle or foot problems
- Disc problems
- Sporting injuries
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- Poor posture