- Is Chiropractic care safe?
- What is a Chiropractic adjustment or “manipulation”?
- What is the crack noise?
- Is Chiropractic care appropriate for children?
- Am I too old for Chiropractic care?
- Do Chiropractic adjustments hurt?
- What is the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?
- Do you need a referral from a GP?
- Do Chiropractors treat other parts of the body others than back and neck issues?
1. Is chiropractic care safe?
Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive medications.
2. What is a chiropractic “adjustment” or manipulation?
For simplicity, you can take the words adjustment and manipulation to mean the same thing. A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using 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 spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
After five years of university training (including a two year masters program and clinical experience), each chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.
3. What is the crack noise?
The actual pop is called a cavitation , and it’s the release of gas that makes the popping sound.
Synovial joints have the ability to do this. These joints are surrounded by an airtight ligamentous capsule and produce a fluid called synovial fluid, which lubricates the joint (for movement) and nourishes it. The byproducts formed in the production of synovial fluid are gasses – oxygen, nitrogen and CO2. When a joint is gapped, or separated within natural limits, the gas is released and you hear a distinctive popping sound.
Once the joint is gapped, the synovial fluids re-lubricate the joint surfaces and normal motion is restored.
4. Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?
Just as it is recommended that children get regular dental checkups, it is important for kids to have their spines checked from birth onward. More and more, educated parents are choosing to take their children to chiropractors regularly, because they see that their children are healthier and happier!
5. Am I too old for chiropractic care?
More and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their later years. Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and even appetite. Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. The adjusting technique is modified for maximum comfort and results.
6. Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
In most cases, not at all. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing.
With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear popping sound from the joints. This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as movement is restored. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique, Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.
7. The difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?
Not a great deal. Did you know that 70-75% of the course content and curriculum at University for Chiro and Physio are identical? Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The practice of Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Physiotherapy, as described by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, “uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness.
In the end, it comes down to which practitioner suits you and your needs, not so much which modality.
At Sands Chiropractic, I choose a hands-on approach to treatment. Therefore, both of these definitions apply to my style of care.
8. Do you need a referral from a GP?
Chiropractors are Primary Healthcare Practitioners therefore a referral is not necessary. However more and more GP’s are referring to Chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC).
9. Do Chiropractors treat other parts of the body others than back and neck issues?
Absolutely! As part of the Masters Program at Macquarie University, Chiropractors are trained to examine and treat all conditions and injuries of the musculoskeletal system from issues such as tennis elbow, ACL injuries of the knee, rotator cuff tears of the shoulder to jaw pain, headaches and migraines.