These questions have come from a list of most commonly asked questions regarding chiropractic care.
For all other questions regarding information and techniques, please contact me.
What is the cracking noise I hear?
Contrary to popular belief, the cracking noise that you hear is not your bones cracking or moving against one another. Around each joint in the body there is a capsule of fluid which helps each joint to move smoothly. When the joints are moved (as in a chiropractic adjustment) pressure is lowered and gas is released from the fluid, making a popping sound. It is a lot like when a bottle of soft drink is opened and all the bubbles appear, it’s just a different sound. The noise is not essential to the adjustment. Joints may move without this sounds and the quality of the ‘pop’ is in no way related to the quality of the adjustment.
How many adjustments will be needed?
The time it takes to see changes from chiropractic treatments depend completely on prior health and history. Many patients experience relief from their very first adjustment, however it takes longer for the problem to be resolved completely as each patient often has layers of damage; falls, car accidents, poor diet, stress, the wrong pillow, ill-fitting shoes. It may take a few appointments to uncover and start to correct these layers of damage. It is essential that we do, to find the actual cause of the symptoms, which will not only improve that condition; it may also resolve other symptoms that once seemed unrelated.
Is chiropractic safe for children?
There are many significant traumas that occur in children’s lives at an early age. These traumas can include birth, learning to walk, falls from bicycles, heavy school bags and many sports. A sedentary lifestyle also means that children are spending far more time in front of computers and televisions seriously affecting their posture.
These traumas not only impact on growing skeletal systems, but also developing nervous systems. At a young age there are so many changes happening, children are more susceptible to damage. As a person’s nervous system is the most important system in the body, it is essential that it receive the care and attention it needs.
Chiropractic check-ups of your child’s spine can minimise these complaints and often prevent conditions which can become chronic in adulthood. Obviously, adjusting techniques are modified depending on the age of the patient.
Why should someone get adjusted if they have no pain?
The most important thing to remember is that pain is often the last sign the body gives that something has gone wrong. Until that point, the clever body will be compensating, changing and adapting to whatever pressures it has. When it can compensate no longer, that is when the pain quite often begins. Spinal problems may be likened to tooth decay. In the early stages you are unaware that anything is happening and it is not until you have a tooth ache that you realise. Regular check-ups at the dentist ensure tooth decay is found early. Regular check-ups at the chiropractor ensure spinal and nervous system problems are found early. With regular adjustments, symptoms are often corrected before they cause any problems.
Once I get adjusted once, I’ll always need to be adjusted, won’t I?
This is a common reason why people don’t want to be adjusted or don’t bring their children in. Their belief is that once you are adjusted joints become loose and therefore always need to be “put back into place”. The reason our patients return is because they realise how good they feel after their adjustment and how their body functions so much better, they sleep better and have more energy. It is completely your choice when your family wishes to start, stop or re-continue adjustments.
What if chiropractic doesn’t work?
As part of the chiropractic university course, chiropractors are trained to diagnose all conditions. The paediatric course that Dr Catherine Langford has also undertaken further enhances this diagnostic skill. If a patient presents with a problem that is out of our area, we are also trained to refer to the right person.
If we do begin a course of chiropractic care and improvements are not occurring at the rate we would expect, we will do our best to find you someone who can be of assistance.
Is it REALLY safe?
Chiropractors maintain a high standard of education, training and experience with regard to performing spinal adjustments. All chiropractors must undertake continuing professional development to maintain their skills and knowledge of current research. The initial 5 year university course is very similar to that undertaken by the medical profession, there is however a greater emphasis on achieving wellbeing by healthier lifestyles and preventative measures.
The main concern with safety in regard to chiropractic is the often misrepresented or exaggerated information related to stroke following neck manipulation. Research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, reported that the incidence of stroke following neck adjustments to be just 1 in 5,000,000 patients. This demonstrates that it is a very rare phenomenon and when compared with other treatment methods and shows to be safe.
What is a subluxation? What causes subluxations?
Subluxation is the phenomena that chiropractors treat when an area of the spine becomes fixated. Vertebral subluxations are caused by an imbalance between the following three factors, known as the health triad:
Physical stress involves external and internal forces that affect the body. The birth process is a major contributor in children, particularly if intervention such as forceps or suction is used as this alters the shape and bony structure of the baby’s head, placing un-necessary pressure on parts of the brain, this can lead to even subtle changes in development. As children are learning to crawl, walk and run, the many falls they have also place physical stresses on the body.
Chemical stresses involve imbalance in the biochemistry of the body. The ever increasing vaccination schedule, foods loaded with artificial flavours, colours and preservatives all add to the toxic load of the body, interfering with chemical pathways. Dietary changes in recent years have increased the rate of nutritional deficiencies, depriving the body of substances essential for healthy living.
Emotional stresses involve events, situations and scenarios that affect our conscious and subconscious self. In children, these are harder to detect as they are often expressed in changes in behaviour or sleep patterns.
These factors are also described by some practitioners as the three T’s: Trauma, Toxin and Thought. This means any trauma that occurs to your body, any toxin that is produced or any thought that you have, can all affect your well-being and can cause subluxations within your spine.