Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about Chiropractic.

Q. What causes that "Popping" Sound?

Some chiropractic adjusting techniques may cause an audible noise that people refer to as 'popping' or 'cracking'. It is not a cracking or popping of bones.

Chiropractors adjust the joints of the body including the spine. This sound is actually created by the change of pressure within the joint resulting in gas bubbles being released- it's exactly the same as when you "crack" your knuckles, which is not painful.

 

Q. Who should see a chiropractor?

Anyone and everyone! It's important for new-borns, infants/toddlers, mum, dads, brothers, sisters, the elderly, athletes, pregnant women, injured workers, labourers, anyone working with computers, professionals, people from any occupation and walk of life. Birth can be traumatic for both the baby and mother.

Birth can be traumatic for both the baby and mother. Pregnancy creates physical changes to the body. Slips and falls of a child learning to walk can change their posture for life. Elderly people endure age related postural changes. Athletes experience injury, stress and strain of their activity. People at work do repetitive tasks all day, every day creating repetitive strain, which alters their body's and posture. "Tech Neck" is occurring with increase use of mobile phones, tablets and laptops. These are just some of the many people who need to see a chiropractor.

Anyone can be subjected to stresses to their body and spine via their work, their play or their general life; So everyone should be checked.

Q. I hear chiropractic is a constant process. Do you ever stop care?

I'd like to say yes, though Windsor Chiropractor believes in making chiropractic a lifestyle choice. Just the same as exercise and proper nutrition. Chiropractic care should be used to prevent future problems involving the spine and nervous system. Periodic checks make this a reality, just as a visit to the dentist or optometrist.

So why would you stop? Something to consider, though it’s always your choice.

Q. What if I go just once?

Then we applaud you! You have taken a step to inquire about a different way to assess your health which can be very important to your life. Visit Windsor Chiropractor, even just once and we will answer any question you have regarding chiropractic and your health.

 

Q. How do I know if I need to see a Chiropractor?

Like a dental cavity, a misalignment of the spinal joints (subluxation) can be silently occurring. Damage is happening long before symptoms are displayed. This is why periodic spinal check-ups are important. Prevention is the key to avoiding future health problems.  

 

Q. What about not going?

Throughout your life, your body has different stresses placed upon it and it will continue to adapt in many ways. For many, modern lifestyle is putting more stresses on your body then ever before. These stresses can be impairing your optimal body function and communication between your brain and your body, without you being aware of it. Waiting until you have symptoms, can take longer to relieve the symptoms and correct the underlying problem.

You may be lucky that your body has the ability to adapt without creating any pain or symptoms, though like a tooth cavity, health issues may be silently occurring without you being aware of them.

Q. Do Chiropractors Ever Use Drugs in Patient Care?

No, drugs or medications are never used, or prescribed in Chiropractic Care.

Chiropractic recognises the possible benefits from drugs, though most drugs only temporarily block pain which merely masks or distorts symptoms. Covering up symptoms, in turn, is misleading and may keep you from getting the proper treatments needed to correct the underlying cause of your pain. Turning off a fire alarm doesn't put out the fire!

Chiropractic searches for, finds, and corrects causes/intereference to your nervous system. Your Chiropractor understands that your body has the ability to heal itself given there is no interference in the communication between your brain and body.

Q. Do Chiropractors Examine and X-Ray?

Yes, Chiropractors, as part of their University training are taught to examine, assess, take a comprehensive history of your medical health as well as take and read x-rays (we are also trained to read other diagnostic studies, such as MRI and CT scans).

Imaging provide vital information to help determine a diagnosis though is not required in every case.

Your examination will consist of the following:

  • Orthopaedic - To find joints and bones involved
  • Neurological - To find nerve dysfunction or irritations
  • Physical - To determine general health vitality
  • Kinesiological - To find abnormal muscles holding bones and joints without proper movement which can produce nerve dysfunction and irritation
  • Spinal - To find specific misalignment or subluxations of spinal bones(vertebrae)
  • Radiological - To evaluate X-rays/ MRIs/ CTs for spinal degeneration and assess the biomechanics and structural stresses of your spine.

The results of the total examination identify the cause(s) of your condition(s) and allow your Chiropractor to determine the appropriate care plan necessary to obtain the fastest relief and the most permanent correction possible.

Q. What happens during a treatment?

During your first visit, the chiropractor will want to know about your health history as well as your current complaint. Your home and work life as well as your level of physical activity may also affect your health, so don't be surprised to be asked questions about these.

Although chiropractors use their hands for most treatments, they also use other methods such as specialised adjusting instruments, personalised exercise programs, muscle-testing and balancing. Your chiropractor can also give you information and guidance on how you can stay healthy through proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.

Q. What kind of education and training do chiropractors have?

Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners (someone who provides both, the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as their continuing care) with an emphasis on nervous and musculoskeletal system diagnosis and treatment.

Chiropractors are trained to identify non chiropractic problems and to refer to the appropriate health professionals.

Chiropractic education includes biological, health sciences, neurology, human anatomy and radiology, along with specialised training in Chiropractic Science, Philosophy and extensive clinical training.

Becoming a Chiropractor requires a minimum of 4 years of University education. Including no less than 4500 hours of classroom and clinical instruction at an approved institution.

Chiropractic is a statutory regulated profession in the UK. All chiropractors are regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). Each chiropractor is required to renew their registration each year and as part of this process, the GCC checks that chiropractors have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development. (www.gcc-uk.org)

Q. Is Chiropractic Regulated in the UK?

Yes!

Chiropractic is a statutory regulated profession in the UK. All chiropractors are regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). Each chiropractor is required to renew their registration each year and as part of this process, the GCC checks that chiropractors have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development. (www.gcc-uk.org)

Q. What results can I expect from treatment?

That depends on your condition. The length of time you have had the problem, your age and your general health all affect how long it takes to get results and the length of your treatment. Your chiropractor will tell you the extent of treatment recommended, and how long you can expect it to last.
One of the main reasons people choose chiropractic is that they often get quick results. Individual cases may vary and chronic conditions obviously need more treatments, but studies done by various governments show, that people with low back pain get back to work much faster with chiropractic care.


You might also consider the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments even when you feel healthy. Sometimes you won't know you have a disorder of the neuromusculoskeletal system until it becomes acute and painful. So, just as you see your dentist to have your teeth checked, regular visits to your chiropractor can catch related health conditions early, often preventing them from developing into major problems. Remember, your spine is every bit as susceptible to wear as your teeth and your eyes, but it controls so many things within your body!

Q. What does a Chiropractic treatment involve?

Chiropractic treatment (adjustments) utilizes the highly refined skills developed during five intensive years of chiropractic education. It involves safe, specific force, to the joints of the spine or elsewhere in the body that are ‘fixated’ (not moving properly) or out of alignment in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint functioning.

The adjustment is usually performed by hand, though your Chiropractor can use a number of instruments (activator or chiropractic couch) to do the adjustment or assist it. The Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

Q. Are Chiropractic Adjustments safe?

Chiropractic is remarkably safe when carried out by a suitably qualified practitioner.  In fact a number of studies have shown that chiropractic treatment is significantly safer then common alternatives such as long-term use of painkillers, anti-inflammatory medication or surgery.

Q. Is Chiropractic Scientific?

Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in science. Few other health care interventions have been assessed as extensively as chiropractic adjustments, both in terms of safety and effectiveness. There have been at least six formal government inquiries (Canada, U.S.A., New Zealand) into chiropractic worldwide over the last 25 years and all have concluded that contemporary chiropractic care is safe, effective, cost-effective and have recommended public funding for chiropractic services.

In addition, there have been countless scientific clinical studies assessing the appropriateness, effectiveness, and/or cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulation or chiropractic manipulation, most notably for low back pain. Chiropractic treatment has been proven to be effective and safe. (Reference) In May 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on the early management of low back pain within the NHS (CG88) recommended, as one option, a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and massage.

Q. Is every patient's treatment the same?

The treatment a patient receives is related to the specific condition diagnosed by the Chiropractor, and will vary from person to person depending on each person's unique situation. Like GP's, Chiropractors follow generally accepted protocols and guidelines and are held to a high standard of care.

Q. Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an GP?

No. You do not have to be referred by a GP or specialist to see a Chiropractor, this means that you can contact us directly.

Some Private Health insurance Companies require a GP referral. If you have private medical insurance please check with your provider.

Windsor Chiropractor is covered by all Health Insurance Providers including AXA PPP and BUPA.

Q. Is neck adjustment safe?

No health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects and, on rare occasions, manual neck adjustment has been associated with stroke and stroke-like symptoms. A Canadian study, published in 2001, concluded that stroke symptoms associated with neck adjustments are so rare that it is difficult to quantify.

Similarly, a medical review published in 2002 looked at 73 studies of chiropractic care and found no serious complications reported in any of them. By way of comparison, neck adjustment is significantly safer than other common treatments for headache, neck and back pain. Our duty of care is to recommend and use the safest and most appropriate methods.

Q. Why would neck adjustment have an effect on anything other than neck pain?

Pain or discomfort in one area of the body may be linked functionally to discomfort arising from another area. Consequently, addressing dysfunction in one part of the body may relieve symptoms in another part. If you look at a model of the spine, you can see that the spine is one continuous structure. Adjustment at various points along the structure may be needed to help reduce biomechanical stresses on other parts of the spine and to relieve discomfort when it is clinically necessary.

The spine is also the protective channel that surrounds the spinal cord and tensions on the "dura mater", a membrane that covers the spinal cord, can create torsion and strain on the nerves resulting in pain.

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