Frequently asked questions
We have found that all our prospective patients have a number of
questions that they have regarding their choice of chiropractic
In this section we have endeavoured to anticipate these questions
and provide you with the answers.
There appears to be four main questions common to all our prospective
patients. Which also happen to be the hardest questions to give
definitive answers to:
1. What is my problem?
Once we have met the patient, and the appropriate testing, examinations
and diagnostic proceedures have been performed, a detailed verbal
and written report is given to the patient.
2. Can we help?
In most cases the answer is yes we can. But we have associated
ourselves with top specialists in other fields so that there can
be a seamless referral if that should be necessary.
3. How long will it take?
When the verbal and written reports are presented, we give our
estimate of the approximate time of rehabilitation.
4. How much will it cost?
That depends upon the individual, the particular diagnosis for
that individual, and their response to their treatment. See our
5. What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic (literally translated as done by hand)
is a science, art and a philosophy. It is based on the scientific
fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism.
This is called Homeostasis. All of your bodys functions are
controlled by your brain, via your spinal cord, and nerves.The bones
of the spine protect and maintain the communication pathways of
the spinal cord and nerves. If any part of the nervous system is
impaired, it can cause problems in any of the bodys tissues
and organs. Chiropractors refer to this as Vertebral Subluxation
Complex. Vertebral, meaning the bones of the spine. Subluxation,
meaning a misalignment (spinal dysfunction). And Complex, meaning
consisting of more than one part. The art of chiropractic comes
partially from the skill needed to reduce Subluxations and to restore
the normal movement.
Chiropractic is the science of locating these Subluxations in the
spine, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and
our philosophy is that of working with the natural systems built
into our bodies.
6. What to expect on your first visit?
The first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about the health
complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. You will also
be asked about your past medical history, accident history, family
history, dietary habits, other care you may have had, and your job
type.Other questions might be asked to help determine the nature
of your problems and the best way to go about caring the problem.
A gentle physical examination will be performed in accordance with
your chiropractors clinical judgment. Following these, clinical
assessment may include x-rays and other diagnostic procedures.
In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be
performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting
or causing your condition. Once your chiropractor has identified
the problem, care will be outlined and we can begin by way of adjustments.
The adjustment is usually given by hand or activator
instruments, and consists of applying gentle pressure to the areas
of the spine that are out of alignment or that do not move properly.
Chiropractors use many sophisticated and varied techniques, and
the specific procedure to be used will be determined and explained
to you following your assessments. Under normal circumstances, adjustments
dont hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort
during the adjustment, which lasts only seconds. Adjustments are
7. What is a slipped disc?
The first part of the answer to this question is that, technically,
a disc cant slip. The disc is a pad of cartilage-type
material situated between spinal bones. It acts as a shock absorber
and spacer between the bones. It has a thick pulpy centre surrounded
by outer layers of fibrous tissue, somewhat like the layers of an
onion.When it all works properly you can bend and twist easily.
Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebrae above
and below by hundreds of little fibres, a disc cannot slip.
However, injury to the spine can cause discs to tear, bulge, herniate,
or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, as the soft centre
of the disc leaks, and can put pressure on the adjacent nerve roots
and spinal cord. Over the years, chiropractic care has been reasonably
successful with control of this type of injury, so a short
trial of care may delay or even avoid a back surgery.
8. What is a pinched nerve?
Even though this expression is commonly used for spinal problems,
a pinched nerve (or compression injury) is actually fairly rare.
Researchers suggest that only about 10% of spine related problems
are caused by direct pressure of a bone on nerve tissue! When it
happens this may lead to numbness, burning, or pins and needles.Most
people dont actually have a pinched nerve. Most
frequently, their nerves are irritated. This is caused when alterations
to the spinal curves or muscle tension lead to a nerve being rubbed,
scraped, or stretched. Another way the nerve can be hurt is by malfunctioning
spinal joints which forms a part of vertebral subluxations.
9. What is an adjustment?
Chiropractors adjust the movement of the spine with the intent
of restoring a more normal movement pattern and nerve function.
The series of methods that have been developed, researched and refined
over the last century are generally bundled together as chiropractic
technique, and individually are referred to as adjustments.A Chiropractic
adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction,
to a specific joint. It requires a high degree of training and skill
to learn the art of an adjustment, and good knowledge of the science
involved in the human body to know where to apply an adjustment,
help relieve the pressure on the foot arch and stabilize your gait
and posture helping you to achieve greater levels of health and
10. Is everybody adjusted the same way?
Each person is unique. In the same way, each spinal problem is
unique. It is therefore necessary to develop individual courses
of care. The recommendations developed for each person are based
upon years of training and experience. While visits may seem similar,
each patients care is uniquely different from every other
patient as the type, style and frequency of adjustment varies with
the individuals anatomy, specific needs and speed of healing.
11. Why check babies & children?
The simple fact is that children who receive regular chiropractic
care have far fewer childhood illnesses, and develop into healthier,
happier adults. If a child is free of subluxations which interfere
with normal nerve function, he/she will have the best possible chance
to function and develop to 100% of his/her potential.
12. What makes the sound during some adjustments?
Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some
adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in
the joint shift. It is much like opening a bottle of champagne or
removing a suction cup. There is no friction of the bones.
13. What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
Although chiropractic is used most frequently to relieve low back
pain, studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions,
such as migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel
syndrome, fibromyalgia, and infantile colic.
14. Does Chiropractic hurt?
Typical chiropractic adjustments do not hurt. The patient may experience
a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only
seconds in an effort to correct misalignments and / or fixations
in the spine that are causing pain or other symptoms and may have
been present for years. Any discomfort you may have following your
first few adjustments can be compared to the soreness you have after
a hard workout at the gym.
15. What kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic
Before entering Chiropractic college, one must complete, at a minimum,
a 2 year pre-professional study with many chiropractic colleges
and universities requiring a 4 year undergraduate basic science
degree. Chiropractors receive a post-graduate education that includes
evaluation and care for the entire body with special emphasizes
on neuromusculo-skeletal diagnosis and treatment.Preparation for
the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning;
basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology,
biochemistry, biomechanics clinical and radiological diagnosis);
specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical
studies, practice, specific technique, diagnosis and applications);
and extensive clinical and practical training with patients.
16. What is the treatment like?
The Chiropractic adjustments are short gentle thrusts
delivered to specific areas of the spine or other joints. These
adjustments correct misalignments, reduce joint fixations, and improve
mobility and flexibility of the spine or extremities and relieve
pressure on sensitive irritated tissues which in turn helps reduce
the pain and other symptoms such as nerve pinching.
17. How long will it take?
Each patient is different. Some people have had their problem for
a long time, and others have only recently begun to experience their
pain. Depending on the severity and duration of the conditon and
its underlying causes, you may be under care for as little as 2
weeks or as long as 3 months or more. Again, it depends on the nature
of the condition, what the x-rays show, what the exam findings were,
your overall health and fitness level, and how you respond to care.