Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell when you need a chiropractic adjustment?

In most cases, no. When you have a misalignment in your spine, it may or may not hurt. It usually doesn’t. Often a misalignment will lie just under the surface much like a dental cavity creating a problem but going unnoticed until it causes pain. This explains why people will be showering their hair or picking something off the floor and ‘all of a sudden’ their back goes ‘out’ or they experience sudden neck ache.

How do I know if I need to see a chiropractor?

Receiving chiropractic care is a necessary part of being healthy, which in turn means preventing disease. Just like a balanced diet and being active, chiropractic care allows you to reach your full health potential. Everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, should eat well, remain active and have a healthy spine. Whether you have a specific problem or not, your spine needs to be checked to remain healthy. As Hippocrates said, “You are only as healthy as your spine.” You have regular dental check-ups, so why not your spine. Remember, your teeth can be replaced, your spine cannot!

What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor checks your spine to see if you have any misalignments. Your spine is meant to be in line. When you have a misalignment, your spinal bones create havoc with your nervous system. This havoc and interference disturbs the mental impulses flowing from your brain to your body and body back to your brain. Your brain then can no longer keep the body healthy due to this interference. As a result this can cause lack of vitality, weakened immune system, arthritis and other diseases.

If I have misalignments, what then?

If you have any misalignments, it is very important that you have them corrected. Your chiropractor will gently adjust your vertebrae back into alignment, allowing your body to start healing itself.

How long does a chiropractic adjustment take?

It takes just a few minutes.

Does it hurt?

Adjustments are usually painless.

I’ve heard that chiropractors ‘crack’ your bones. Is this true?

Adjustments may cause a noise such as you hear when your knuckles pop. These are not your bones cracking. The noise is the pressure of nitrogen gas being released between your misaligned vertebrae, much like the built up pressure being released from inside a canned drink when it’s opened.

What causes the bones in my spine to misalign?

Stress causes your spine to become misaligned. Stress can be physical (e.g. traumatic, repetitive), emotional ( e.g. from work, lifestyle or relationships) or chemical (e.g. toxic surroundings, poor diet). Everyone suffers from different degrees of each of these stresses.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

Each adjustment is tailored individually to suit each patient based on their age and misalignment. Young patients are adjusted differently to adults, and elderly patients are adjusted differently again.

Once I go to a chiropractor do I have to keep going?

No. Once is better than never, though most people choose to continue to receive the benefits of chiropractic care. Your chiropractor adjusts only those vertebrae that are misaligned, restoring your body back to the way it was designed to be in its natural state. Just like exercise or eating properly, when you feel what it’s like to be healthy with a healthy spine, you also notice when something’s not quite right. To keep this amazing body of ours running, it requires the correct kind of upkeep and just like anything else, if you don’t put energy into your health, you’ll eventually put energy into fighting sickness. You don’t have to keep going but most people choose to. Ultimately the choice is yours in deciding whether you want symptomatic care or long term change.

How long will I need chiropractic care?

How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

Can I adjust myself?

No, it’s impossible to adjust yourself. It is possible to make your spine pop and feel better, but it’s not possible to find the misalignment that’s causing the problem and specifically move it. If you rely on adjusting yourself or having someone who is not a chiropractor adjust you, the parts of your spine that pop will become too loose and unstable, while the real problem, the locked misalignment, will become stuck and decay. Chiropractors would never attempt to adjust themselves. They go to another chiropractor to receive their adjustments.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic is one of the safest health professions in the world. Your chiropractor will do a complete examination and take x-rays to determine if there is any reason why you can’t be helped through chiropractic care.

Can someone who has had back surgery or has a fracture see a chiropractor?

Definitely! Conditions such as these often place extra stress and tension on the spine. To leave this extra stress unchecked leads to further problems in other areas. Your chiropractor will take all of these factors into account to insure your spine is kept in peak condition.

What qualifications does a chiropractor have?

A chiropractor has completed five years of chiropractic schooling. Courses taken are the same as a medical doctor with the addition of studying spinal care, nutrition, exercise and advanced neuroanatomy in place of emergency procedures, surgery and pharmacology.

What’s the difference between osteopathy and chiropractic?

Chiropractic maximises your health and healing by removing interference from your nervous system and allowing your innate healing ability to flow through you. A chiropractor is able to read and diagnose x-rays, thus allowing them to form a thorough examination. X-rays also show the condition of a patient’s spine and allows chiropractors to be very specific in their adjustments.

Osteopaths cannot use and diagnose x-rays, meaning their manipulations are far more general. Osteopaths train for four years and use long lever non-specific  manipulation to the spine . Chiropractors use short lever specific adjustments to the brain, requiring a minimum of four to five years training. Osteopaths have for the past 30 years advocated the rule of the artery as their primary practicing philosophy. This has just recently been reversed to follow the chiropractic model of the nervous system and skeletal system.