Frequently Asked Chiropractic Questions


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.