FAQs

IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE?

Yes. An extensive study by the New Zealand Government into the efficacy and safety of chiropractic found that spinal adjustments are “remarkably safe” and effective.

Chiropractics safety record is excellent. It is non-invasive, does not use drugs or surgery and is very low risk. Statistics confirm it is safer than medical surgery and or drug treatment.

WILL I NEED LOTS OF ADJUSTMENTS?

This will vary with each patient and their individual health needs. Most patients will feel real benefit within a week or two of the initial frequent visits. As treatment progresses and the spine stabilises, the frequency of treatment will reduce accordingly. Complete healing in difficult cases may take many months or even years of maintenance care.

WHAT DOES AN ADJUSTMENT FEEL LIKE?

Most patients report a sense of well being or a feeling of calmness. Since repeated adjustments are necessary, if adjustments didn’t feel good, patients would not return to finish their care. Chiropractors are experts at making adjustments feel good.

CAN I ADJUST MYSELF?

No. Some people can make their joints “pop” but that’s not an adjustment! Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.

WILL ADJUSTMENTS CAUSE ARTHRITIS OR LOOSE JOINTS?

No. Only the spinal joints that are “seized or locked up” receive specific adjustments. This restores the joints to their normal function and allows normal nerve transmission.

WHY ADJUST BABIES?

Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine. Colic, unusual crying, poor appetite or erratic sleeping habits can be a sign of spinal distress.

The adjustments are very gentle. Knowing exactly where to adjust and with minimum pressure involved a safe effective adjustment can correct a babies spinal problem.

CAN PATIENTS WITH OSTEOPOROSIS RECEIVE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS?

Yes absolutely. When developing a care plan, your chiropractor considers the unique circumstances of each person. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be the best suited to your age, size and spinal problem.

CAN I HAVE CHIROPRACTIC CARE AFTER A SPINAL OPERATION?

Yes. The area where surgery occurred would be avoided. It is not unusual for problems to arise post surgically, as in many cases, the surgery causes instability and extra stress on the spinal joints above or below the involved level.

These are the areas that chiropractic care will focus on.

IS SOME BACK PAIN NORMAL?

Pain of any kind, at any age, is a sign that something isn’t right. Pain is an indicator signalling that a problem is developing or is already established. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off. While they may go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem can slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult and expensive to resolve.

 

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