TREATMENTS – GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

How do you know if your body is out of alignment?

You may suffer from any one or a number of symptoms. Which may include but not limited to:
Chronic headaches
Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
Restricted movement of the neck, shoulder or any other joint in the body
A feeling of lop-sidedness
Hip pain
Lower back pain
Inability to stand for any period of time without pain
Knee pain
Ankle pain
Pain on inhalation
Your balance is worse on one leg than the other
And many other symptoms

What will a chiropractor do on the first visit?

An extensive patient history is collected, a physical examination is performed, neurological and orthopedic testing is carried out, imaging eg. pre-existing x-rays, MRIs are analysed. Through this process a formal diagnosis is made. Treatment is then carried out to address the presenting condition. Exercise prescription is also given.

How do Chiropractors diagnose?

An extensive patient history is collected, a physical examination is performed, neurological and orthopedic testing is carried out, imaging eg. pre-existing x-rays, MRIs are analysed. Through this process a formal diagnosis is made.

Should I see a chiropractor for scoliosis?

Yes. Chiropractors are superiorly equipped to deal with scoliosis. In instances when there is a greater than 30% curvature, bracing and surgery may also be required. In any instance Chiropractic will help deal with inevitable asymmetries and compensatory occurrences which have happened as a result of the scoliosis. Chiropractic will help maintain mobility through the spine with regular adjustments, and specific tailored take home exercises for each patient.

Should I see a chiropractor if I have no pain?

Yes. Everyone can benefit from a chiropractic consultation. There is always room for improvement. Be it a correction to your walking style, your various postures both seated and standing or a tailored stretching routine to correct and maximise optimal movement to each individual patient.

Does chiropractic care release toxins?

There is no hard and fast evidence to show that Chiropractic treatment helps to release toxins. Detoxification with regards to the intestines, liver, kidneys and other organ systems are more associated with specific diets, medications and supplement regimes.

Is it normal to feel worse after seeing a chiropractor?

No. Everyone reacts differently to a Chiropractic adjustment. Though in the majority of cases people report a positive reaction to treatment. It is not uncommon to feel some muscle soreness from the soft tissue work. Sometimes where a joint has been quite locked up for a while and is suddenly liberated, though it is a positive step in the right direction, there can still be some discomfort where acute injuries are being cared for.

What’s the difference between a DO and a chiropractor?

Assuming DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathy and DC stands for Doctor of Chiropractic, yes there are differences. This will vary depending on which country the Doctor has completed their training in. Generally speaking, Chiropractors learn more ways on how to manipulate all joints of the body including the arms and the legs. They are also qualified to take their own x-rays and report on their findings. Osteopaths learn more techniques on soft tissue work and tend to give slightly longer consultations.

Can chiropractors fix posture?

This depends entirely on the individual’s condition. It’s based on how long the problem has been there, the severity of the injury, patient compliance with exercise prescription and adherence and commitment to postural modifications. We can equip patients with tools on how to optimise their various postures both seated, standing and lying so the ‘fix’ aspect is therefore a team effort.

How do you realign your spine?

The first port of call should always be to see your Chiropractor. As they are the most highly trained professional for this purpose.

Why does a chiropractor crack your neck?

There are a number of reasons why. The main reason why a Chiropractor adjusts your neck is to return normal function back to your neck. Whether it be due to a car accident or washing your hair, poor work posture, bad ergonomic setup or any other activity which causes your neck to lose its normal function.

Is Chiropractic better than massage?

Yes. A Chiropractor has a minimum of 5 years training. Massage therapists do not require to have any qualifications to work as a Massage Therapist. Chiropractors are able to diagnose and treat all musculoskeletal complaints. Whereas Massage Therapists are not able to diagnose and therefore may not actually be addressing the problem during the massage.

Can a chiropractor fix forward head posture?

Yes. Poor posture causing weakness in some muscles and tightness in others which lead to poor joint function can all be helped with Chiropractic treatment.

Can a chiropractor fix a hunched back?

Yes. Any functional restrictions brought on by bad posture can be helped through Chiropractic treatment. Pre-existing arthritis can not be reversed though there is always room for improvement with regards to posture.

Do chiropractors really move bones?

Chiropractors do not move bones, they restore joints back to optimal function.

 

CHIROPRACTIC METHODS

 

What is Torque Release Technique?

Torque Release Technique is also known as Activator Technique. This is a more gentle technique used to apply adjustments to patients joints through the use of an activator.

Is Torque Release Technique Safe?

Yes. It is a more gentle approach to a regular Chiropractic adjustment.

What is the gonstead adjustment?

Gonstead technique involves 5 components. X Rays, palpation, instrumentation, visualisation and symptomatology (case management). When all of these correlate, a specific type of adjustment can be made. Dr Gonstead discovered that 3 adjustments on the wrong vertebral segment can cause a subluxation; and so it is extremely vital to be specific in the diagnostic process.

What is Tonal Chiropractic?

Tonal Chiropractic is a small controversial branch who place a special emphasis with the focus being on the tone/tension of the spinal cord/nervous system and how it relates to the spinal structure and its surrounding connective tissues.

 

WHAT IS VITALISM?

 

What is vitalism in biology?

The belief of a force that gives life to living things.

What is the difference between vitalism and mechanism?

Where vitalism believes in a life force beyond physical laws, the view of mechanism is that all natural phenomena are governed by physical laws.

What is the theory of vitalism?

It is the belief that there is something greater in all living things, some sort of life giving force which goes beyond the physical realm of thinking.

What is vitalistic chiropractic?

It is a non evidence based branch of Chiropractic whose belief is that gentle Chiropractic adjustments can be made to address underlying improper tone/tension within the nervous system. 

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENTS – WOMEN

 Should I wear a bra to the chiropractor?

The presence of a bra does not particularly obstruct the treatment carried out by your Chiropractor.

Do you have to take your clothes off for a chiropractor?

Not all Chiropractors treat the same. Those who purely adjust your back will not usually ask you to remove any articles of clothing. Those Chiropractors who perform soft tissue massage prior to adjusting will often require you to remove some items of clothing to treat the area of the presenting problem.

 

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENTS – COSTS

 

How much does it cost to go to a chiropractor?

The cost of a Chiropractic consultation will vary depending on the length of the consultation. Sometimes level of expertise and sometimes the location also.

How much is a first visit to a chiropractor?

The cost of a Chiropractic consultation will vary depending on the length of the consultation. Sometimes level of expertise and sometimes the location also.

 

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENTS – CONDITIONS

 

Do chiropractors treat plantar fasciitis?

Yes. There are a number of things that can be done for this condition by your Chiropractor.

Can a chiropractor help heel spur?

This depends. Chiropractors can not dissolve heel spurs. However if there is soft tissue involvement caused by the heel spur and misalignment of ankle foot and knee joints as a result of modified walking due to the pain; Chiropractic care can help with this.

Should I see a chiropractor for scoliosis?

Yes. Chiropractors are superiorly equipped to deal with scoliosis. In instances when there is a greater than 30% curvature, bracing and surgery may also be required. In any instance Chiropractic will help deal with inevitable asymmetries and compensatory occurrences which have happened as a result of the scoliosis. Chiropractic will help maintain mobility through the spine with regular adjustments, and specific tailored take home exercises for each patient.

 

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENTS – PELVIS AND HIPS

 

Should I see a chiropractor for hip pain?

Yes. A Chiropractor will be able to properly assess and diagnose the origin of your hip pain. An appropriate plan of action, be it treatment and or imaging will then be put forth.

Can a chiropractor fix uneven hips?

First of all, how do you know you have uneven hips? If you have not yet received this diagnosis then see your Chiropractor. If you have already seen your Chiropractor and received this diagnosis then read on. If it is purely functional meaning that it’s due to things you have control over such as all your various postures and exercise then yes a Chiropractor can show you how to correct all of these things and prevent your pelvis from going out of a regular tilt. If there is some structural involvement meaning things such as a true leg length difference confirmed by a CT scan then we can’t completely fix that tilt. However your Chiropractor can still put your pelvis into its optimal position with consideration of such things as a true leg length discrepancy.

Can a chiropractor fix pelvic tilt?

First of all, how do you know you have a pelvic tilt? If you have not yet received this diagnosis then see your Chiropractor. If you have already seen your Chiropractor and received this diagnosis then read on. If it is purely functional meaning that it’s due to things you have control over such as all your various postures and exercise then yes a Chiropractor can show you how to correct all of these things and prevent your pelvis from going out of a regular tilt. If there is some structural involvement meaning things such as a true leg length difference confirmed by a CT scan then we can’t completely fix that tilt. However your Chiropractor can still put your pelvis into its optimal position with consideration of such things as a true leg length discrepancy.

What problems can a tilted pelvis cause?

Poor walking/jogging/running technique. Pelvic pain. Lower back pain. Groin pain. Compromised back posture.

 

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENTS – DIGESTION

 

Can chiropractors help digestive issues?

Yes. Intestinal massage, diaphragm release, adjustments to levels of the spine which give innervation to the abdominal organs in question may all be implemented to assist and improve a patient’s digestion.

Can a misaligned spine cause digestive problems?

Yes. If the area of a misalignment is one which innervates an abdominal organ in question then yes an adjustment to this area will quite possibly improve function.

Can being out of alignment cause digestive problems?

Yes. If the area of a misalignment is one which innervates an abdominal organ in question then yes an adjustment to this area will quite possibly improve function

Can a chiropractor help with abdominal pain?

Yes. If the area of a misalignment is one which innervates an abdominal organ in question then yes an adjustment to this area could possibly improve function

Can spinal problems cause acid reflux?

Yes. If the area of a misalignment is one which innervates an abdominal organ in question then yes an adjustment to this area will quite possibly improve function. However if it’s stress related then this will need to be addressed to fully resolve the issue.

Can a pinched nerve cause stomach problems?

Yes. If the area of a misalignment is one which innervates an abdominal organ in question then yes an adjustment to this area will quite possibly improve function

Can a pinched nerve cause pain in the stomach?

Yes. If the area of a misalignment is one which innervates an abdominal organ in question then yes an adjustment to this area will quite possibly improve function

Does Chiropractic make you poop?

Yes. Intestinal massage, diaphragm release, adjustments to levels of the spine which give innervation to the abdominal organs in question may all be implemented to assist and improve a patient’s digestion. Stimulation of the digestive system from Chiropractic care can increase bowel motility and therefore potentially help encourage defecation.

Can a misaligned spine cause gas?

Yes. If the area of a misalignment is one which innervates an abdominal organ in question then yes an adjustment to this area will quite possibly improve function.

 

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENTS – VAGUS NERVE

 

Can a chiropractor help the vagus nerve?

There are 12 cranial nerves that originate from the brain and the vagus nerve is the 10th cranial nerve. It is known as the wandering nerve as it has the most vast distribution of all the cranial nerves and is the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system. It is responsible for parasympathetic (non-stress system) control of the heart, a large portion of the digestive tract and a few other things also. There is limited/mixed evidence to show that both chiropractic care and implanted vagus nerve stimulation have an affect on the vagus nerve.

How do you know if you have vagus nerve damage?

You may be suffering from vagus nerve damage if you experience pain, muscle cramps, organ dysfunction, peptic ulcers, fainting, difficulty swallowing or paralysis of the digestive tract. Needless to say this requires diagnosis from a qualified health care practitioner for further investigation.

How can I strengthen my vagus nerve?

Regular yoga practice, meditation where slowed breathing occurs can help to reduce overall stress levels and therefore may assist the vagus nerve but there is little evidence as to the effectiveness of such things for strengthening the vagus nerve.

What causes the vagus nerve to malfunction?

There are various causes. There may be malfunction due to infections especially of the upper respiratory tract, trauma, alcoholism, type 2 diabetes and various other causes may cause dysfunction.

 

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENTS – PREVENTATIVE ADVICE

 

What is the healthiest sleeping position?

On your back or side. One where the spine is in its most neutral state. Consider your posture when standing up straight but lying down with the knees slightly bent. Which when on your back a pillow under the knees can be used.

 

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