What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Those are especially related to the spine and the treatment of lower back pain.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that may have restricted movement . Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of soft tissue techniques as well as advice about exercise and lifestyle.
What to expect
At the initial consultation we will start with a discussion about you, your health and your reasons for asking for chiropractic care. 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 ensure that the care is appropriate for your condition, we 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. Your details are confidential. No one else will be allowed to see your notes without your permission.
Once your case history is complete, we will examine you to confirm any early ideas about your problem. The examination will concentrate on your neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and joints), but it will may also be necessary to check other things such as your heart, lungs and abdomen to rule out other causes; this thorough check-up is a normal procedure in a chiropractor’s clinic. You will normally be referred to your GP if this is appropriate. Before starting treatment, we will tell you, in clear, simple language, what is wrong with you, what can be done about it and what you should expect when you receive your first treatment. You will be told about any exercises or changes to your lifestyle or diet that may be beneficial so that you can help yourself. A part of getting better is up to you, so please follow any instructions and advice carefully and completely.
You will also be advised of all costs that relate to your future care. It would be appropriate, at this point, for your chiropractor to tell you of any likelihood of a recurrence of your problem and the possible need for any ongoing supportive care. This is not an unusual situation for patients who have had serious injuries, as well as those who have long-term problem.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other, related areas. Most often, this requires a short thrust to a joint that can result in an audible ‘pop’ and may bring relief of symptoms; some patients report an increased feeling of well-being. The ‘pop’ is simply the sound of bubbles of gas popping in the fluid of the joint as the pressure is released. There is, however, no instant cure and some patients may experience temporary symptoms such as pain or soreness around the areas being treated. Rarely, some patients may experience redness of the skin due to temporary inflammation and, where the area being treated is already inflamed, symptoms may seem slightly worse to start with. Apart from manipulation, your chiropractor may use a variety of techniques including exercise and advice regarding exercise and lifestyle.