Frequently Asked Questions:
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic has far fewer risks than many other comparable disciplines. Serious side effects are extremely uncommon. Very rarely manipulation of the neck has been linked with stroke, but there is no clear evidence of this. As with any form of treatment or exercise involving muscles and joints, there can sometimes be minor short term pain or discomfort, this is due to temporary irritation and quickly goes away. Some people may experience symptoms like mild headache, stiffness or soreness tiredness or temporary increase in pain after their treatment.
Does it hurt?
Generally no it does not. Chiropractic treatment is usually not painful when performed by a qualified professional. If acute muscle spasm is present, over the area to be treated, patients may feel some short term discomfort. If the condition has been untreated for some time, it is likely that some post-treatment soreness and discomfort might be experienced. This will normally pass within 24-48 hours as the body begins to adjust to the correction.
How soon will I begin to feel better?
This will depend on the individual problem, how long the patient has had it, how bad it is, and how many areas are affected. Whilst every patient is an individual and reacts slightly differently to treatment, most patients do express feeling better or lighter after just one or two treatments. In general, the longer the condition has been present, the longer it will take to resolve. Commitment to the recommended treatment plan, home exercises, diet and lifestyle adjustments will also determine the treatment outcome, as well as the long term benefits of Chiropractic care.
How often do I need to go?
The number of treatments you will require will depend on several factors. Your specific health problem, how long you have had it, how severe it is, and how many areas of tissue are affected. Your individual treatment needs will be determined during your initial consultation. Many patients opt for maintenance care once they feel better again. Again the frequency of maintenance visits will depend on a number of factors, but generally maintenance visits are six monthly, but some patients need treatment a little more frequently.
Will I be given drugs or injections?
No, with Chiropractic no drugs or surgery is involved. Chiropractic care employs a holistic, natural approach to health. Chiropractic works by identifying the underlying cause of the problem, and correcting it, rather than for example, just masking it with painkillers. Chiropractors use their hands to manipulate the joints of your body, encouraging the innate healing power of the body. Painkillers may make you feel less pain, but they usually do not address the underlying cause of the problem. One of the first aims of Chiropractic pain management is for the patient to be able to function normally without pain and restriction, and without painkillers.