Q: What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DC's) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DC's are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. DC's also counsel patients on diet, exercise, healthy habits and occupational and lifestyle modification.
Q: Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognised as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Q: How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilises the highly refined skills developed during the chiropractors intensive years of education. He or She typically uses his or hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patients pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific need of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.