Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt?
In most cases, not at all. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. A safe and effective adjustment is delivered using skill, not force or strength. With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply a release of gas from the joint as spinal movement is restored, and is not bones “crunching” or “cracking”. Techniques are modified to be as gentle as possible when you come to see us in pain.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
We often have patients referred to us by their General Practitioner or other health care provider, but this is not required. Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners and therefore a referral is not necessary.
Do I have to have x-rays before treatment?
This depends on a number of factors including your history of injuries and illness, how long you have had the pain and how the pain started. We encourage you to bring any previous images with you for a total assessment of the situation.
Am I too old for Chiropractic care?
No, age has nothing to do with whether you can be helped by a chiropractor. We have patients in their early nineties who enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care including better posture, more mobility, better balance, and less aches and pains from arthritis.
What if I have arthritis, can you still help?
Yes, we help many people with arthritis every day. Arthritis occurs because things aren’t working well. People often think that arthritis occurs with age, but this is not true, we just see more arthritis in older people, because the spinal joints have been working badly for longer. Sometimes we see a 70 year old with a healthier spine than a 50 year old, so therefore it isn’t all about age.
Why should I be adjusted if I’m not in pain?
It is important to know that pain is the last sign the body gives that something has gone wrong. Initially, when a problem arises, your body’s inbuilt ability to compensate, changes and adapts to the stresses which are placed on it. When it can compensate no longer, it sends a pain signal to your brain to tell you about it! It is usually this pain symptom that brings you to be reading this page!
Spinal problems may be likened to tooth decay. In the early stages you are unaware that anything is happening, and it’s not until you have a toothache that you realise you have a problem. Regular brushing of your teeth and dental check-ups ensure tooth decay is detected early and corrected. Similarly, regular spinal checks at the Chiropractor ensure spinal and nervous system problems are detected early. With regular adjustments, problems are often corrected before they cause pain, degeneration or decreased function.
Remember, pain is an unreliable indicator of how well or unwell you may be.
How many treatments will I need?
Again this varies from person to person, some people needing just a few and others need more. Initially, you will be adjusted more frequently until you start to function better. As your spine gets stronger, your appointments will be spaced further apart and we will start to shift the emphasis more on self-care by you.
Once feeling better most people choose to continue their Chiropractic care to help them continue to feel good and function at their best.