What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. A great example of this is when you cut yourself, your body knows to form a scab to protect the area and then gradually the skin heals over.
Will the adjustment hurt?
In most cases, the adjustment does not hurt at all. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. The part which can sometimes cause discomfort is when Dr Paije works on your soft tissues; the sensation will be similar to that of a massage. The adjustment itself generally causes no discomfort though. Some Chiropractors use a hand held instrument to adjust the spine. Others use pelvic blocks to re-align the body. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique, Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
Will I need X-rays?
This depends entirely on your presenting condition. In many cases it is not necessary. However, if Dr Paije feels the need to perform an X-ray, she will refer you to a company which bulk bills to Medicare to create no out of pocket expense to you.
What is the ‘crack’ noise?
The ‘crack’ noise is an air bubble popping. This air bubble sits in the fluid surrounding the joint. The ‘crack’ noise is not an indication of how well the adjustment has gone, in fact a joint may move without a ‘crack’ at all. It simply happens as a response to the movement the chiropractor creates within the joint. This is similar to when there is a build-up of pressure in a soft drink bottle. When you open the lid, it makes a noise as the gas escapes; it is the same with your joints.
Is it safe?
Yes, Chiropractic is a safe, natural approach to spinal health care. In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs. Although chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are extremely small.
Is Chiropractic safe for children?
Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems. While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child’s
spine, skull, pelvis and extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor.
Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic check-ups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies.
For how long will I need chiropractic care?
Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.
Most patients find that periodic chiropractic check-ups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health.
Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time consuming, chiropractors stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.