Questions Commonly Asked By Patients
Do I have a slipped disc?
The disc is a soft pulpy ‘shock absorber.’ It has a fibrous outer ring which holds in a jelly like material. A ‘slipped disc’ is a common way to refer to a wide variety of problems. A disc can’t slip because of the way it attaches to the spinal bones above and below it. A disc can bulge. A disc can tear. It can herniate. It can thin. It can dry out and it can collapse. It can’t slip.
Do I have a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve is rare. It is more likely that an adjacent spinal bone irritates, stretches, rubs or chafes a nerve. These subluxations distort the nerve messages sent between the brain and the body. This can produce unhealthy alterations to the organs and tissues connected by the affected nerves.
What's an adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that aren’t moving correctly. Some methods use the doctor’s hands, an instrument, a special table or the force of gravity. There are many ways to adjust the spine.
Are chiropratic adjustments safe?
Will adjustments make my spine too loose?
No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilise and heal.
Can bones move too much?
Highly unlikely. A chiropractic adjustment is special. It has the right amount of energy, delivered to an exact spot, at a precise angle, at just the right time. The intent is to get a “stuck” spinal joint moving again, helping to reduce nerve interference. Chiropractors undergo years of training and practice which means they have the experience and knowledge required to ensure chiropractic adjustments are specific, safe and effective.
What makes the sound during an adjustment?
Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It’s much like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound is interesting but isn’t a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Some people can make their joints “pop” but that’s not an adjustment! Worse, damage can occur by mobilising a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague for an adjustment to benefit from chiropractic care.
How many adjustments will I need?
The number of adjustments varies with each patient and his / her individual goals. Many patients sense progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits become less often as your spine stabilises. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years.
Will I receive any medication for my pain?
No. Chiropractic doctors don’t dispense medications. Because we rely on natural methods, we can show you how to use ice to control painful symptoms. When properly applied, ice can have an analgesic effect without the side effects of pain medications.
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