We get asked many questions in our practice. Below are answers to some of the more common questions asked.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment involves the skill of applying a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved overall spinal function.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
The New Zealand Government’s Inquiry into the safety of chiropractic care found that it is “remarkably safe.” Chiropractic has an excellent safety record.
In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Why do adjustments need to be done?
Our modern lifestyles often do not allow spinal joints to fully move, self-lubricate and repair properly. This is because we sit too long for work, don’t move enough when we should and make mistakes when we lift and exercise, among other things. Adjustments re-establish correct movement and allow the body to move with better efficiency.
Correct alignment of spinal bones reduces stress on structures such as bones and spinal discs, which can slow down the process of degeneration of those structures.
No. Everyone’s spine is unique and each adjustment is performed differently according to the person’s age, spine condition and other factors.
Some bodies require much less force to be applied, such as young babies and children.
is everyone adjusted the same way?
No, a referral is not necessary. However, GP’s do often refer to chiropractors and at Coolangatta Chiropractic we regularly communicate with our client’s doctors.
Do I need a referral from a doctor?
The number of treatments needed for each person depends on such things as
- History and previous lifestyle factors (there can be layers of structural compensations to untwist in order to allow your body to heal properly)
- injury severity
- length of time you have had the issue
- level of degeneration or bony damage in the spine
- extent or spread of nerve and muscle damage
- general fitness and age of patient
- whether you smoke or are overweight
- your body’s healing rate and sensitivity to any type of treatment (some people can tolerate more being done during one visit than other people may)
How many visits will I need?
No-one is too old for chiropractic care. As we age, there tends to be a need for a more extensive healthcare plan. And with many people becoming concerned about the side effects of combining various prescription drugs and over-medication, chiropractic care is a natural and safe way to compliment your health care, at any age.
Ensuring that your spine is functioning well can help improve vitality, mobility, and endurance. Improvements are also reported by many patients who suffer symptoms of arthritis and a variety of chronic conditions which are often associated with age.
Am i too old for chiropractic care?
Yes, we welcome many pregnant women into our practice. Having your spine checked by your chiropractor throughout your pregnancy can help to keep you moving well and assist in maintaining the proper function of your pelvis and spine as you adapt to the many changes your body is undergoing.
Do Chiropractors treat pregnant women?
Growing spines need check-ups to ensure that correct movement patterns and development goals are being met. The birth process alone can be quite stressful for a baby’s delicate spine and body, and can even cause significant trauma. So it can be beneficial to make sure that babies have not sustained any lasting injuries during birth.
A little later in life, other childhood activities such as learning to walk or riding a bicycle usually involve plenty of bumps and falls. And while a band-aid and some antiseptic ointment can help a grazed elbow, injuries to the skull, spine, pelvis, arms and legs can potentially cause structural issues which are in the specific realm of a chiropractor.
Many aches and pains are considered a normal part of growing up, when they may in fact be a symptom of an underlying spinal structural problem. Chiropractors can uncover these potential spinal issues, and regular check-ups may help to avoid these issues turning into bigger problems later in life. Generally, the earlier a problem is detected, the easier it is to resolve, and issues arising as compensations for a specific problem can be avoided.
Of course, chiropractic adjustments are modified for younger, more delicate bodies.