Patients often have many questions about Chiropractic care
Below is a list of common questions which we receive from our patients.
How many Chiropractic Treatments are Needed?
While each patient is unique and responds differently to a Chiropractors treatment the general approach for back and neck pain at Dainfern Chiro is that 5 to 10 sessions over the course of 2 to 4 weeks is considered standard.
Our treatment plan is generally divided into 2 phases:
Phase 1 : Pain Reduction and Mobility Phase (3-4 sessions)
In this phase the primary goal is to decrease the level of pain experienced by the patient and increase the mobility of the affected area of the spine using primary Spinal Adjustments to the Spine.
Phase 2 : Stabilisation and Strengthening Phase. (3-5 Sessions)
This phase is concerned with maintaining the pain free state for the patient as well as providing them with exercises and postural corrections for sitting, standing and sleeping to prevent the problem from occurring in the future.
Do Spinal Adjustments hurt?
For most patients, chiropractic adjustments are painless. Some patients who are new to chiropractic treatments may involuntarily stiffen or resist the adjustment and feel a small amount of discomfort until they are able to relax during treatment. In addition, mild discomfort may be felt if the patient has had a recent trauma, such as whiplash, due to inflammation. However, many patients report a feeling of relief, calmness, and a sense of well being after the adjustment; others feel improved mobility.
Are Spinal Adjustments safe?
Dozens of research studies have documented the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments. They are significantly safer than taking medications or having spine surgery. Research shows complications from chiropractic adjustments are rare only with only 1 severe complication in every 5.8 million chiropractic manipulations. Your risk if a severe complications from chiropractic is less than your risk of being struck by lighting.
Some examples of minor complications include muscle soreness and tenderness as well as bruising of the skin.
There is a common misconception that Spinal Manipulations of the neck Chiropractic can lead to Stroke.
According to Dr. Scott Haldeman, a neurologist and chiropractor who teaches at both University of California and University of California Irvine.
“The stroke question is basically resolved,” Haldeman says, citing research that shows the risk of suffering a stroke following a chiropractic visit is extremely low, on par with the risk associated with visiting a physician. “
Neck pain can be a sign of a stroke in process, so people may go see a doctor or chiropractor about that pain and then associate the subsequent stroke with their visit.” When it comes to artery tears, Haldeman’s own research turned up only 23 such cases among more then 134 million chiropractic manipulations.
Can I adjust myself?
Yes, but when you self adjust you gernerally are not able to adjust the correct level of the spine which needs movement. This is due to the fact that the joints which does not correctly is generally the last joint to “click”
Can other types of professionals also perform adjustments?
Yes. Some osteopaths (DOs) perform these techniques (but this is rare these days). However, Chiropractors perform 95% of all adjustments in the world. Be careful of physical therapists, massage therapists, or “healers” who make similar claims but do not have the credentials, qualifications, and experience of a chiropractor.
What types of conditions do chiropractors use adjustments for?
Chiropractic adjustments are very useful in correcting:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, chest, abdomen, hips, legs, feet
- Certain types of headaches
- Injuries and trauma to the body such as whiplash
- Leg pain and nerve disorders
- Sports injuries and most muscular skeletal injuries such as tennis elbow, strained muscles, and sprained joints and ligaments
- Bursitis and Tendonitis (conditions involving inflammation of soft tissues)
- Repetitive strain disorders such as carpal tunnel
- Fibromyalgia (chronic muscle pain and stiffness)
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No. The Chiropractor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. The resulting recommendations are based on years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Any time is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments help with pregnancy discomforts, like sciatica, improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Also, certain chiropractic techniques can be used to help properly position the baby for delivery. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age and condition of health. Pregnant patients can be treated in all trimesters of pregnancy safely with Chiropractic. Chiropractic can be incorporated into a integrated treatment approach with your OBGYN.
What type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?
A Chiropractor in South Africa study for at least 6 yrs completing a Masters Degree in Technology in Chiropractic (Mtech: Chiropractic). The Chiropractic degree mirrors the medical degree for the first 3 yrs including education in the following areas: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pathology, Biology, Physiology and Diagnostic techniques.
In the final 3 yrs chiropractic students education focuses more on the examination and diagnosis of conditions of the bone and spine including: orthopaedic examination, radiographic examination, diseases of the skeleton and bones and clinical application of Chiropractic techniques.
All chiropractic students in South Africa are required to complete a Masters Dissertation on a research topic of their choice before they can receive their degree.
Does Medical Aid recognise Chiropractic?
Yes the vast majority of medical aids cover Chiropractic treatment (pleas confirm with your particular medical aid scheme). The patient will be required to make payment on the day of the consultation and an invoice will be made out which can be sent to the medical aid for reimbursement.
Can a person who had back surgery see a Chiropractor?
Yes. Unfortunately many people who have spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or even years later. Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgery. In fact, if Chiropractic care is initially utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.