How does a Chiropractor work?
A chiropractors main concern is your spine and nervous system and how well both are functioning. The normal chiropractic procedure includes the following: The chiropractor will evaluate the biomechanical structure of each vertebral segment and ensure that they are moving freely and not displaced or fixed in any way. Any such displacement or ‘jammed’ vertebra (called a subluxation) can cause the spinal nerve that exits from the intervertebral opening, to become irritated through direct pressure or through indirect stimulation or irritation. Therefore any problem in any one of the vertebral joints can affect the related part of your nervous system, which in turn can lead to such symptoms as pain in the back or neck as well as many other spinal problems. A Chiropractor will evaluate and identify any problem that might exist within the spine to correct any dysfunction that might be present.
Who should see a Chiropractor?
Anyone with a spine and nervous system should be checked by a Chiropractor! We see everyone from newborn infants to the elderly.
What do Chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. They are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches, particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury.
Some common conditions treated:
- Back and neck pain
- disc herniation’s (“slipped disc”),
- shoulder, elbow and wrist pain,
- hip, knee and foot pain,
- jaw pain (TMJ dysfunction)
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Yes! Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small, and you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning (1<100 000) than suffering a complication from a spinal manipulation/adjustment (1>1000 000).
Chiropractors are well-trained health professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has prepared them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to get those patients the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral to a medical specialist.
Does an adjustment hurt?
Spinal manipulations/adjustments are usually pain-free when performed by a qualified Chiropractor. In some cases patients may experience minor discomfort, depending on the amount of inflammation and tension in the affected area.
Following treatment, some patients may experience mild tenderness or stiffness as normal movement patterns are restored; these feelings of tenderness are completely normal. Other patients experience an immediate relief from their symptoms. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Is it ok to see a Chiropractor when I am pregnant?
Absolutely! Chiropractic care is widely used to support healthy pregnancy. Pregnant moms are more susceptible to sacral and pelvic subluxations (restrictions) because of increased hormones (relaxin), weight gain, and associated changes in her posture. Pregnant moms find that Chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy, make delivery easier for the mother and baby, and help restore poor posture and pelvic balance. Look for a Chiropractor that is registered with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (http://icpa4kids.org/), a member of the ICPA and Webster certified. These are certifications specifically to do with Chiropractic pregnancy care.
What is the “clicking” sounding made during the adjustment?
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.
How often should I see my Chiropractor?
Before we answer that question ask yourself how many times have you visited the dentist? Like most people you’ve probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply to maintain your oral hygiene and prevent your teeth from decaying. Once Chiropractic eliminates your pain and rehabilitates the injured tissues we may recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Like your dentist and like many other of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future. Maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system will also enhance your overall health and well-being. The choice is always yours and your Chiropractor will support you whatever you decide.
Can a person who had back surgery see a Chiropractor?
Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that more than half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as “failed back surgery syndrome.” Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is used initially, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
Where is Atlantic Spine & Joint Health Centre based?
We are based in Sea Point, Cape Town – for a detailed map please click here.