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If you've been experiencing any type of back pain, shoulder pain, joint or muscular pain, you may be considering visiting a chiropractor. We can appreciate that you may have some unanswered questions regarding our practice and services, so here we aim to answer those as best as we can.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a regulated primary healthcare profession. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health.
What will treatment involve?
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including trigger point therapy, soft tissue work, ice, heat, exercise and dry needling as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
Will treatment hurt?
Manipulation / adjustment is not normally painful unless the area is inflamed (swollen); if this is the case your chiropractor will alter the treatment. Don't worry if you hear a clicking or popping noise when one of your joints is being manipulated - this is perfectly normal with this form of treatment.
Sometimes trigger points in the muscles can be uncomfortable whilst being released.
Some patients may have mild post treatment soreness but your chiropractor will advise you how best to reduce this.
It is important that you talk to your chiropractor if you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment.
Are there any risks?
As with any type of treatment there are risks, however chiropractic has far fewer risks than many other treatments for musculoskeletal disorders.
What happens at the first visit?
The first visit will last approximately 1 hour.
A full case history will be taken - You will be asked for a great deal of information, not just about the pain or complaint that may have brought you to the clinic, but also about your past health history. Some of the questions may appear irrelevant, but they are extremely important to your chiropractor. To ensure that chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition, she/he will need to establish your overall health picture. If chiropractic appears not to be suitable for you, you will be referred to your GP or relevant specialist.
A physical examination will then be done - This may require you to remove your outer clothes and wear a patient gown providing you are comfortable in doing so. The exam may include assessment of your posture and gait as well as specific orthopaedic and neurological tests to help diagnose your condition.
Following the examination your chiropractor will explain your condition including the diagnosis, the prognosis, the extent of treatment you will need and your individual treatment plan.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies between individuals but mainly depends on:
How severe it is
How long you have had it
Your response to treatment (this can vary hugely between people)
How much of the chiropractor's advice you follow
Follow up treatments will be 30 minutes. Typically initially these treatments will be closer together to help reduce pain levels and improve mobility. However, as your condition improves the time between treatments will be extended and the focus will change toward strengthening your musculoskeletal system to minimise the likelihood of further recurrences.