Does Treatment Hurt?
Generally, a chiropractic manipulation does not hurt – although there may be some minor short-term discomfort, which quickly passes for most patients. You will normally find that follow up treatments are much more pleasant, as your symptoms improve and you feel at ease with your chiropractor.
How Soon Will I Feel Better?
Often patients report a feeling of increased mobility and a sense of increased well-being immediately after treatment. However, not all cases are the same and you may find there is a small exacerbation of your condition before you start to feel better. In cases where chiropractic can help it is usual to start feeling improvement within the first few weeks.
Will I Need X-Rays Or A Scan?
Any decision to take x-rays or referral for scanning will be made in consultation with you. At all times, your chiropractor will weigh the risks against the benefits and advise you accordingly. Typical circumstances where an x-ray may be necessary are recent injuries, older patients whose bone structure may have altered over time, unusual examination findings or a history of serious diseases.
Can Children Have Chiropractic Treatment?
From newly born, children of all ages can benefit from chiropractic treatment. If after carful assessment the chiropractor feels treatment may be beneficial then very gentle specialist paediatric methods can be used to help restore movement and flexibility to the child’s spine, joints and muscles.
Is Treatment Suitable During Pregnancy?
Back pain is a very common finding during pregnancy and this is one area where chiropractors can help. Modifications to treatment positions are easily made to accommodate the “bump” of the mother’s tummy. This allows chiropractors to treat pregnant mothers throughout the term of the pregnancy.
I Have Arthritis – Can Anything Be Done?
Arthritis or degenerated joints are sometimes the result of the surrounding joints not doing their fair share of work, so that the load is not managed equally. Chiropractic aims to restore your normal joint function spreading the load and taking excessive strain away from degenerated joints. Your chiropractors can also give you advice on exercise for maintaining joint function.
What About A Good Diet And Exercise?
A balanced diet and regular exercise will certainly help your condition, but will not necessarily deal with an existing problem in the same way as chiropractic method. While exercise will increase your fitness and core strength, chiropractic can pinpoint problem areas that are reducing your body’s efficiency and flexibility.
Are There Any Risks?
Chiropractic has far fewer risks than many other treatments for your problem. Serious side effects are extremely uncommon. Research shows that chiropractic is one of the safest and most effective forms of treatment available. Your chiropractor will, of course be happy to discuss all your concerns regarding treatment.
How Often Do I Need To Go?
This is very much dependant on each individual case. A simple strain for example would be quicker to treat than a more complicated condition that has been present for many years. Whatever your individual situation happens to be, your chiropractor will sit with you during your report of findings and discuss this with you.