We are sure that you have lots of things you would like to ask about Chiropractic care so we have compiled some answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Chiropractors care for patients of all ages, from babies to people in their 90’s and who have a variety of health conditions. We are well known for our expertise and our highly skilled chiropractic manipulations or adjustments in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches, amongst other conditions.
We 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 can often involve or impact the nervous system, which causes pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury.
The benefits of Chiropractic Care also extend to general health issues, since our body structure affects our overall function. We also provide advice on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
One of the best ways to select a Chiropractor is by getting a referral from a friend, family member, colleague, or another health care provider.
A referral is not needed to see a Chiropractor; however if you are on a private health plan, your health plan provider may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a Chiropractor.
Noble Chiropractic are registered with all the main Health Insurance providers including BUPA, AXA etc.
Chiropractic is widely recognised as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal complaints. Although Chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential side effects. The risks associated with Chiropractic, however, are very small.
Most patients feel immediate relief following Chiropractic Treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation usually fades within 24 hours.
Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring the range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, relieving pressure and tension. Neck manipulation, when performed by a skilled professional doctor of chiropractic, is a very safe procedure.
Some reports have associated upper high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain rare kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection. However www.jmptonline.org/article/50161-4754(08)00347-3/abstract evidence suggests that this type of injury takes place in patients who have pre-existing arterial disease. These dissections have been associated with everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon. Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek professional care—often from chiropractor or GP — but that care is not the cause of the injury. The best evidence indicates that the incidence of artery injuries associated with high-velocity upper neck manipulation is extremely rare—about one to three cases in 100,000 patients who get treated with a course of care. This is similar to the incidence of this type of stroke among the general population.
If you are visiting your Chiropractor with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your chiropractor offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.
When discussing the risks of any health care procedure, it is important to look at that risk in comparison to other treatments available for the same condition. In this regard, the risks of serious complications from spinal manipulation for conditions such as neck pain and headache compare very favourably with even the most conservative care options. For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain—over-the-counter or prescription anti-inflammatory drugs and prescription painkillers—are significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation.
Chiropractors are highly trained 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.
Yes, children can benefit from Chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from their everyday activities as well as from participating in sports. These injuries may cause symptoms such as back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort.
Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment and, in the case of children, very gentle.
Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans.
Chiropractors are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.
The typical applicant for Chiropractic College has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited Chiropractic College, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard.
Chiropractors are educated in orthopaedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.
Because Chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.
In total, the Chiropractic College curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilises highly refined skills developed during the Chiropractors intensive years of Chiropractic education. The Chiropractor uses their hands--or an instrument--to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, to restore or enhance joint function. This usually helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort.
The Chiropractor adapts his methods to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients usually see positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
The hands-on nature of Chiropractic treatment is the reason patients visit the Chiropractor a number of times. A Chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your Chiropractor will tell you the extent of the recommended treatment and how long you can expect it to last.
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.