Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic

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We have found that there are a number of common questions that are frequently asked by our new and returning patients. With this page we aim to answer them.

If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please contact us here so that we can answer your question. And with your permission, we would like to update this page so that future patients can find the answers to their questions.

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Chiropractic treatments are safe and effective as long as it’s performed by a licensed and trained chiropractor. When chiropractic adjustments are made by an unqualified person, it can be painful and dangerous, and it could lead to a herniated disk, or deterioration of an existing hernia.

Are chiropractic adjustments temporary?

Chiropractic treatments may correct health concerns over time and with repetition.  It is effective in providing temporary pain relief, but the long-term benefits of true spinal correction are more consistent.

Are chiropractic doctors real doctors?

A medical degree is not required by Chiropractors, however, they have extensive training in the area and are licensed practitioners.  Chiropractors that specialise in a particular area will do an additional residency that could last up to three years.

Are chiropractic drop tables safe?

The drop table makes sense when compared to a standard flat table as it provides a transition between analysis and phases of adjustment.

 

When used with the Thompson Technique, the table provides a guidance system to follow when adjusting the patient.  It leads you through a series of checks that will simplify the ability to make adjustments.

 

The drop feature allows the Chiropractor to manipulate most of the body’s joins with reduced physical demand and it is also less demanding on the patient.

Are chiropractic pillows good?

A chiropractic pillow helps to relieve pain as a result of misalignment of the neck and spine. A good quality chiropractic pillow will help you to attain a good night’s sleep which is imperative for good health.

Are chiropractic visits tax deductible?

Medical expenses are deductive when the total does not exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.  When itemizing your deduction, you will be able to deduct your Chiropractic treatment.

Can chiropractor cause herniated disc?

Chripractic adjustments do not cause herniated discs, but it may increase the herniation by further impinging the nerve root.  Symptoms include pain and numbness and it may cause leg pain or muscle weakness.

Can chiropractor drain sinuses?

A chiropractor may adjust your facial bones in order to help your sinuses drain. A vertebra in your neck that is out of alignment can also cause problems with drainage. By removing these obstructions, your sinuses are better able to drain and the pressure causing the pain should be alleviated.

Can chiropractor fix posture?

A good posture is also referred to as a neutral spine.  It has many health benefits including avoiding back pain and injury.  Your chiropractor can help to improve and correct poor posture by recommending exercises and activities that could help.

Can chiropractor help back pain?

A chiropractor can help relieve the pain associated with your back.  In a study focusing on US military personnel those that used both chiropractic care and more traditional medicine had better pain relief than those who only sought out traditional methods.

Can chiropractor fix tmj?

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) is the group of disorders where the connection between the jaw and the skull becomes painful. The causes can vary and sometimes can’t be determined.

A Chiropractor can help be relieving tension in the spine. This will reduce the pressure on various nerves which in turn relieves the pain caused by TMJ.

Can chiropractor help herniated disc?

A chiropractor will create a treatment plan following a thorough examination. The treatment may include spinal manipulation (adjustments) that will help ease the symptoms of the herniated disc.

Can chiropractor help hip pain?

Treatment from a chiropractor may help in these cases depending on the cause of the pain.  The approach will be to reduce inflammation and relax muscle spasms that exist at the time.  The adjustments will strengthen weak muscles and the mobility of the joint will improve.

Can chiropractor help knee pain?

Yes, your chiropractor can help to reduce the pain in your knee.  The treatment may include ice to reduce the inflammation and a massage that will increase the range of motion of the knee joint.  Mobilization techniques applied by the chiropractor will further aid in reducing the restricted movement in surrounding joints as well.