WHO WOULD SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
The reasons people consult Chiropractors are many and varied. They include flu symptoms, back pain, postural distortions, asthma, allergies, headaches, numbness, tingling, pre-menstrual syndrome, learning disabilities, ear infections, neck pain.
Others come in simply for a regular spinal check up to ensure their spine andnnervous system is functioning at its best. Bear in mind that the aim of chiropractic though is not to treat any of these (or any other) ailments. The aim Is to get your nervous system and hence your body functioning at it's full potential.
WHEN WOULD YOU NEED A CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINATION?
Anyone can benefit from a Chiropractic examination. A Chiropractor will examine your spine and nervous system for any signs of subluxations (interference to your nervous system), if they find something they can recommend the appropriate course of action, if not
then you can go off happy in the knowledge that you are functioning well. Think of it like your yearly dental exam.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC?
The main benefit of chiropractic care is having a spine and nervous system that is functioning at its best. This gives your body the best chance to adapt, repair and regenerate and so can have effects on many different aspects of your health.
CAN IT HELP ME IF I HAVE A SORE NECK?
If you have a sore neck you may have a subluxation in your spine. If this is the case adjusting it will give your neck the best chance to heal. In fact one study from the British Medical Journal showed manual therapy to be less costly and more effective than physiotherapy or general practitioner care for neck pain.
CAN IT HELP IF I HAVE LEG PAIN?
Leg pain can come from a variety of sources. One common cause is interference to your nervous system, especially those nerves coming from the lower back. Your chiropractor can help assess your lower spine and your leg for signs of nerve interference, and if present can use adjustments to help remove it.
DO I NEED A MASSAGE AS WELL?
You won't "need" a massage as well; however massage has its own health benefits that may compliment any chiropractic care that you receive. Your chiropractor will be able to give you advice on any lifestyle changes or other modalities that may suit your needs.
IS IT SAFE FOR CHILDREN?
Chiropractic care is safe and effective for people of all ages. Chiropractors see children from hours old to 90 years young and has been shown for over 100 years to be very safe and effective for children.
IS IT SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?
Chiropractic care is very safe during pregnancy. In fact chiropractic care during pregnancy may actually reduce the risks for both mother and baby. Williams Obstetrics Text tells us that, "the diameter of the woman's pelvis is decreased when the sacrum is displaced. In some cases, this constraint restricts the baby's positions during pregnancy adversely affecting his/her developing spine and cranium. Such
positions lead to longer more painful labours with increased medical interventions in birth. Chiropractors can assess and correct these pelvic subluxations leading to easier, healthier pregnancies and births.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
The answer to this will depend on your goals. If your aim is to remove pain, this can take as little as one visit depending on the problem and your body's ability to heal. If your aim is to restore the stability in your spine then this might take several months. If your aim is to restore your spine to a point where it is functioning at its best then this may take months to years. If you want to keep it that way you
may choose ongoing maintenance or wellness visits.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A CONSULTATION? DO I GET RESULTS IMMEDIATELY OR WILL IT TAKE A WHILE?
Once again this will depend on what your goals are and what you classify as results. As previously stated pain relief may happen relatively quickly while other results like improved immune function or altered posture may take longer.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in.
WHAT DOES AN INITIAL EXAMINATION ENTAIL?
We will run a series of examinations including chiropractic, neurological, orthopaedic testing, Posture assessment and Radiological exam when ecessary.
HOW LONG IS A CONSULTATION?
An initial consultation lasts 1/2 an hour.