What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful philosophy. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls every system in the body, from movement, feeling and all automatic functions. It’s a natural form of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms.
How does chiropractic work?
A chiropractor uses a carefully directed and controlled pressure in a precise direction to a joint that is not moving properly, called an adjustment, thus removing the irritation to the nervous system and allowing normal function to return. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through these specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!
What is the popping sound?
It is the same sound as a knuckle cracking. A small bubble often forms in the joint when you separate the joint surfaces quickly, it can be dramatic but is painless and completely normal.
Will I need x-rays?
Depending on what your chiropractor finds during the consultation and examination, and only if clinically necessary. They are an important diagnostic tool
How often will I need to come?
At the start of treatment you will often need more frequent adjustments in order to mobilise your spine and stimulate the start of improved spinal function – this will usually result in the relief of ache or pain. As things improve less frequent treatment is needed to maintain improvement, similar to training the body to perform a new task, the more it’s done the better your body is able to hold the new improved state.
For example, a fit young person with a one week history of back pain, may need two to four sessions. An older person with a long history of recurring back pain may need six to ten sessions to get better.
Usually you will respond best to two visits a week for the first week or two and then less frequently as you improve.
How long will it take to get well?
Healing takes time and differs from person to person depending on several factors including age, severity and longevity of the problem, general fitness levels and so on.
How much will it cost?
This varies from individual to individual, and depends on factors such as the length of time the problem has been present, the motivation to get well, the ability to carry out home care instructions (exercises, stretches, etc).
What is the difference between a Chiropractor and an Osteopath?
The main difference between us is that only Chiropractors are trained to use x-rays as part of the diagnostic process, otherwise it boils down to a differing philosophy behind what causes the problems, Osteopaths tend to treat muscles first and joints second whereas Chiropractors correct spinal dysfunction first and allow muscles to return to normal function with or without help. There are more similarities than differences however as we are the only 2 professions who use manipulation as a way of correcting spinal dysfunction.
Do children need chiropractic care?
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for spinal problems. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child’s spine. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Poor seating and heavy bags at school contribute to back problems in teenagers. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having your children’s spine checked by a chiropractor early. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Absolutely! Pregnant mothers often suffer from back pain due to hormonal and weight changes and may find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.
From the team at Barron Chiropractic Clinic - celebrating 30 years of providing natural healthcare to the people of Walton-on-Thames