What is an adjustment?
A chiropractor uses a carefully directed and controlled pressure in a precise direction to a joint that is not moving properly, thereby allowing the body to return to a normally balanced and flexible state.
How is an adjustment given?
An adjustment can be achieved in many different ways. It may be a quick, yet controlled movement, or slow constant pressure. Regardless of the speed, the adjustments are always safe, gentle and effective. Sometimes only one area may be adjusted and in others, a wider area may receive treatment.
Will I be sore after my adjustment?
First and foremost, Chiropractic is safe, gentle and effective. There may be a period of ‘re-adjustment’, particularly after your first treatment, as your body becomes accustomed to being realigned. You may experience some stiffness, and even temporary soreness, but this will settle within a few hours or days.
What is the noise the joint makes when it’s adjusted?
There is a common misconception that the noise is the bones being ‘crunched’. It is in fact gas (a mixture of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen) being released from the joint capsule as the joint is realigned.
Do I have to be ‘cracked’?
No, in fact, you don’t have to be ‘cracked’ to be adjusted. The ‘cracking’ or ‘popping’ noise is simply a by-product of the realignment. There are many different ways that Chiropractors can adjust the spine, and our Chiropractor is highly skilled in a variety of different techniques.
How often do I need to come in?
In the beginning, you will need more frequent adjustments in order to mobilise your spine and stimulate the start of improved function – this will usually result in the relief of aches or pains. Repetition of the treatment at the beginning is similar to training the body to perform a new task like going to the gym, the more it’s done, the quicker your body will adapt. The frequency of your visits is reduced as your function improves.
Do I need to pay for Chiropractic care?
Yes, however, Chiropractic care is by far the most cost effective solution. “The overwhelming body of evidence shows that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more cost-effective than medical management and that many medical therapies are of questionable validity” (Manga Report, 1993).
Will I have to wait long to see your Doctor of Chiropractic?
You might be pleasantly surprised to hear how quickly you could see the Doctor of Chiropractic and Certified Posture Expert at Duigan Chiropractic Perth. In most cases, we can offer same day or next day appointments.
How long will it take to get well?
This varies from individual to individual and depends on factors such as the length of time the problem has been present, the motivation to get well and the ability to carry out home care instructions (exercises, stretches, etc). Progress examinations are held regularly to ensure that your care reflects your progress.
Am I too old?
You are never too old, or even too young to benefit from Chiropractic Care! Chiropractic care has been shown to have a very positive impact on the elderly.
Approximately 30-40% of the elderly who still live independently suffer from at least one fall per year, and this number rises exponentially with increasing age (Tinetti, ME. et al., 1988; Dyson, R., 2005). Falls often occur due to a decline in nervous system function, which can affect balance and proprioception. This can lead to a loss of balance, and poor control of the limbs, which dramatically increases the risk of falling (Holt, K., 2012).
In the past ten years, researchers at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, have objectively demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments can positively change aspects of nervous system function including the way the brain controls muscles, responds to sensory stimuli and controls limb function. These positive changes are all important when it comes to preventing falls.
Age with ease
Contrary to belief, age has very little significance on postural deterioration. The primary causative factor is lifestyle stresses.
Shrinkage and postural deterioration reveal one’s age more readily than a head of gray hair or a few facial wrinkles (Koch, W., 1995). The development of kyphosis, the over curvature of the mid-spine, amongst other things, hinders your spine from expressing its full length, thus reducing your height.
Misalignment, time and gravity take their toll on a weakened spine, therefore, the sooner you see a Certified Posture Expert the more likely you are to experience a full recovery.
Do I need to be referred by my GP?
No, chiropractic is the 3rd largest healthcare profession in the world and Chiropractors are primary contact practitioners. They are qualified to assess and diagnose patients without prior referral.
Still unsure if we can help? Book a Free Spine and Posture Assessment and discuss your concerns with our highly trained Chiropractic team.