Chiropractic FAQ’s

What does a chiropractor do?

Chiropractors detect and correct areas of poor spinal function (spinal dysfunction). These are called vertebral subluxations and these can cause interference to your nervous system, along with pain, stiffness and inflammation. Chiropractic is a natural approach to health and wellbeing and focuses on your body’s own innate ability to function and heal itself, by freeing it from nervous system interference. We restore normal function and flexibility by gently adjusting your spine, thereby reducing nervous system interference, pain and inflammation. Chiropractors primarily focus on getting your spine and nervous system to work well. There are many different techniques a chiropractor can choose to achieve this.

Why is it important for my spine and nervous system to work well?

Your nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord and trillions of nerves that run throughout your whole body. As I’m sure you know , your nervous system controls your body and all it’s functions – in other words, it controls every single cell, tissue and organ in your body. To ensure good cellular function, vital information is constantly conveyed back and forth from your brain to each and every cell in your organs, muscles and tissues. Misalignments in your spine can cause interference to your nervous system, thereby affecting the quality of the information that is conveyed back and forth. This, in turn, can affect your overall health and wellbeing. By getting your spine properly aligned and functioning better with regular Chiropractic care, your body is able to heal itself. Keeping your spine functioning well, by making chiropractic part of your lifestyle, helps your overall health and wellbeing.

Why would I see a chiropractor?

You could see a chiropractor to:
-Relieve your pain, aches, stiffness.-Correct the underlying cause of a chronic health issue.-Prevent your problem(s) reoccurring.-Improve your posture & gait and strengthen the structure of your body.-Keep your spine functioning at its best to stay healthy and be at your best.

What is an adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustments are gentle, specific corrections given to spinal and extremity joints that aren’t moving properly. We use a carefully directed and controlled pressure in a precise direction to these less mobile joints to restore normal motion to your spine. When your spine becomes more mobile and flexible, it becomes better balanced and it’s gradually retrained to function more normally. Improved spinal function leads to better nervous system function and better health. We use various ways to adjust your spine depending on your individual needs but they all aim to achieve the same end result. We choose and modify our techniques for different patients. For example, adjusting a baby would be different to adjusting a 7 ft strong young rugby player which would be different to adjusting a pregnant lady which would be different to adjusting a 7 year old child etc. Some types of adjustments involves a quick, specific and highly accurate thrust. Others involves a slow, constant pressure or gentle stretches in different directions. Sometimes, we use an instrument called an activator which delivers a small, fast and carefully directed thrust. We might adjust one area or several, depending on what you need. We are highly skilled and tailor your adjustments to your age, size and particular health issue.

What can chiropractic help?

Chiropractic is probably best known for its success with back and neck pain but it may surprise you to learn that it was originally about maintaining health of the whole body. Put simply, it was realised that good spinal alignment leads to better health overall. Currently there is a significant amount of scientific evidence to show that chiropractic can help with back and neck pain, neck related headaches, migraine, dizziness and various general joint problems. However, more research needs to be carried out to support what many chiropractors and their patients know already – that health can improve in all sorts of ways when irritation and stress on the nervous system is reduced.

What does an adjustment feel like?

This will depend on your particular condition, its severity and your response to treatment.
Some general examples are:
-3-6 treatments for a simple case of low back pain that you have had for only a short period of time.-6-12 treatments for a long-standing (Chronic) condition. Follow-up sessions at regular intervals may be necessary to maintain improvement.At first, you will probably need frequent adjustments to improve on your joint mobility which will improve your spinal function. Each adjustment builds on the one before and usually needs to be closely spaced, otherwise your body will tend to easily slip back into its old patterns. Repeated adjustments are required in much the same way that regular visits to the gym are required, if you’re going to make a change to the way your body works. Repeated adjustments gradually retrain your body to hold the new balanced state and, as your spinal function improves, the frequency of your treatment visits is reduced.

How much will it cost?

It varies from person to person, depending on your condition, how long it’s been present, your age, general level of health and also your level of motivation to get well. View Prices

How long would I need chiropractic care?

This depends on what result you’re looking for – whether it’s just pain relief, to also correct the underlying cause of your problem, to prevent your problem reoccurring or to keep your spine in good shape and enjoy better overall health. Our wish for you is to live a happy, vibrant and healthy life. As good spinal alignment and function help to maintain good health, we hope that, once you are well, you will want to continue with chiropractic care as part of a healthy lifestyle. Whilst it is your choice to seek care only when you have symptoms, this kind of “crisis management” tends to be more costly and time consuming in the long run. Prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimising the likelihood of new injuries. Just like seeing your dentist intermittently for the care of your teeth ( tooth decay prevention ) adding intermittent Chiropractic care to your health maintenance routine will help maintain optimal spinal function and slow spinal decay ( wear and tear) down. Chiropractors worldwide find that their clients are healthier and need to consult their GPs less frequently. They recover faster from illness and injury, are less likely to be admitted to hospital and require less surgery and drugs. Whatever your health goal, we will help and support you. Our job is to make sure that you are able to make an informed choice, based on helpful information and sound advice.

What is the difference between chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy?

Chiropractic is based on the fact that good spinal alignment and function leads to better health by keeping the nervous system free of nerve interference. Chiropractors are expert in adjusting specific, individual vertebra and joints that need to be corrected. To help with diagnosis, they are also highly trained in taking and interpreting x-rays and some, like we do, use computerised scanning technology. Osteopaths concentrate more on the circulatory system and muscles and manipulate large areas of the spine with less specificity. Many do not take x-rays or use scanning. Physiotherapists aim to improve function and health by stretching, mobilisation and massage.

Who can we treat?

Our patients range in age from babies to the very elderly and the Chiropractic Clinic is open to people of all levels of physical fitness, ranging from athletes to the less active.
Whilst most of our patients consult us directly, we also accept patients referred from GPs, Specialists and Insurance Companies.
Many of our patients visit us from areas all over Dorset and Hampshire including Poole, Wimborne, Ferndown, Kinson, Bournemouth, Ringwood, Blandford, Wareham, Hythe, Parkstone.
Pregnant women, those with sports injuries and children can all benefit.
Thousands of examinations and treatments are performed at the clinic every year, helping people improve their health and the quality of their lives. Each treatment is tailored to the individual’s needs, including special techniques for babies, young children, pregnant women and elderly patients.

Is the treatment painful?

No. Adjustment procedures are chosen for each patient taking into account patient comfort, the condition and state of progress. Occasionally adjustments of a Chronic or severe problem may cause transient mild discomfort, but this does not persist. The relief following a successful adjustment is often remarkable.

Am I too old?

Age really is no barrier! Adjustment is safe for people of any age; procedures differ for the very young, those with bone disease such as Osteoporosis and the elderly.

What happens at the end of the treatment?

At the conclusion of a course of treatment many of our patients choose to attend the Clinic periodically in much the same way as they do with their Dentist(This is maintenance/Preventative Chiropractic care).
Periodic visits can help maintain what has been achieved through treatment and/or help prevent new problems arising. The decision to continue with Maintenance Care is very much a personal one and is not obligatory.

Is chiropractic care safe?

Chiropractic is remarkably safe when carried out by a suitably qualified practitioner. In fact a number of studies have shown that Chiropractic treatment is significantly safer than common alternatives such as long-term use of pain killers, anti-inflammatory medication or surgery.

Can I help myself as well?

Absolutely! Recent research has indicated that patients who perform Rehabilitative exercises in conjunction with their Chiropractic treatment improve more quickly than those who do not. During your treatment we will instruct you on what exercise (s) will help your condition.

Will I need x-rays?

This depends on the nature of the case. It is the policy of the Clinic to take x-rays only when it is judged clinically necessary.

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