FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic care is a natural treatment that focuses on maintaining a balance between all of the body’s systems: muscular, skeletal and neurological. Furthermore, it addresses the way that these systems work together to heal the body.
What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment, or spinal manipulation, is a procedure where a trained specialist (chiropractor) uses their hands, a small instrument or a specialized table to apply a controlled force to a certain area of the body. Regular adjustments correct spinal alignment and increase your body’s efficiency and function. They also feel great.
What should I expect my first time?
For your first visit, you can expect a thorough examination including a medical history, a physical exam with particular attention being paid to the spine, and possibly other tests, including x-rays. Your chiropractor will assess your complaint, diagnose the problem and discuss a treatment plan with you. An adjustment, ultrasound or some other form of heat treatment or massage may be a part of the treatment that you receive. Expect your chiropractor to speak with you at length about ways for you to live a healthier life, with positive emphasis on things that you are doing right, and encouragement to change things that will improve your physical well-being.
What kind of results can I expect?
After an adjustment or other chiropractic procedure, you may experience minor side effects like soreness for a few days, but these will soon fade. As with anything your mileage may vary, but you can expect to notice a marked improvement after the first few trips to your chiropractor’s office. Soon, you may find yourself looking forward to your treatment days in advance.
Do I need medical referral?
Does it hurt to get adjusted?
An adjustment is not normally painful however in some cases, mild soreness to the area being adjusted may be experienced. These symptoms are often a normal part of the healing process as your spinal movement improves.
How long till I feel better?
Whilst some patients experience almost instant relief nearly all patients are feeling much better within 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.
How many adjustments will I need?
Every patient is individually assessed and an individualised management plan is given depending on your diagnosis and your health goals. Some patients require initial intensive treatment over many weeks, followed by rehabilitation and then maintenance adjustments, whereas others may only require a short course of adjustments to resolve their problems.