|Chiropractic deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders, which affect your joints, muscles and the nervous system. Interference in the way these structures work together may affect their function and your body's health. Chiropractic treatment aims to restore normal function of your joints and muscles as well as your nervous system. Wear and tear of your joints may cause degenerative changes and this can lead to painful conditions.
Chiropractic treatment cannot reverse such degenerative changes but it can help to improve joint and muscle function and reduce nerve irritation. The word chiropractic translated from its Greek origins means "done by hand”. True to the original meaning the treatment method itself is very much hands on. Treatment mainly involves joint manipulations and/or mobilisations, massage of muscles and other tissues utilising various techniques.
Other forms of treatment may also be applied, such as dry needling (a form of acupuncture to treat trigger points), interferential, ultrasound, exercises, heat and ice.
Chiropractic focuses to treats the origin of your pain and helps your body to heal itself without medication.
How safe is Chiropractic?
|"Chiropractic treatment is safe and has very few risks compared to some other treatments. Serious side effects are extremely uncommon. Your chiropractor will discuss any possible risks involved before treatment commences."|
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISITYour chiropractor will ask you some questions first about your complaint and your medical history. This information is needed to establish a picture of your overall state of health. You will then receive an examination which includes both neurological and orthopaedic tests to find the cause of your pain. Afterwards your chiropractor will tell you the result of your examination, give you a diagnosis and what can be done about it. An individual treatment plan will be given so you know how many treatments it may take and what to expect during the treatments.
You will then receive a treatment, if it is appropriate. Sometimes treatment may be delayed by a couple of days if x-rays or other investigations are required. You will also receive advice on lifestyle, posture, diet, how to look after your back at home and at work. You will be encouraged to get actively involved during your recovery period to compliment chiropractic treatment.