What is the ‘popping’ sound during a Chiropractic adjustment?This is a very common question and rest assured, it is not the bones breaking. This is actually caused from the release of gases from the synovial fluid of a joint as a manipulation causes a pressure difference within the joint.
Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?Yes. Scientific reviews of the literature (Cochrane Review) have reported that a Spinal manipulation is one the safest approaches for spine pain when compared with many medical approaches.
Is there an age limit to having Chiropractic adjustments?There is no age limit for chiropractic care. Chiropractors treat new born babies to the elderly. Techniques are modified and chosen based on the patient, age and health status of the patient, keeping the treatment safe and age appropriate.
How many visits before l feel relief?The number of visits and treatment needed for each person depends on many variables such as:
How long you have had the complaint
Degree of spinal degeneration
Extent of spread of nerve and muscle damage
General fitness and age
Whether you smoke or are overweight
Most patients will notice some level of relief of pain within 4-6 weeks. Some chronic conditions may require up to 3 months of more to experience consistent relief.
Certain spinal problems need ongoing management to help a person to keep operating at their best level. Many patients prefer to keep functioning at their optimum and plan regular two, three, four or six weekly intervals to maintain full function.
For how long will l need Chiropractic care?Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage and degenerative changes to the spine and faulty neuromuscular patterns.
Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs or want to be at their very best find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health.
Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis management’ is usually more costly and time consuming, chiropractors stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is a treatment technique that uses Acupuncture needles to deactivate and desensitise trigger points in muscle. Myofacial trigger points are areas in muscles where fibers stay contracted, some people refer to these as ‘knots’.
These trigger points can contribute to pain, muscle tightness and stiffness and decrease muscle function. TDN is an effective and efficient method of releasing trigger points, especially when other methods of manual soft tissue techniques are unable to directly release a trigger point or many trigger points.
Can l benefit from Remedial Massage Therapy?Most patients can benefit from remedial massage therapy (RMT). Our chiropractors readily refer our patients for RMT and many patients seek remedial therapy at our office.
Remedial Therapy is helpful for muscle tension, relaxation, back and neck pain, sport related muscle dysfunction and headaches. It is a great technique to promote well-being.