Frequently Asked Questions
How does chiropractic Work?
You are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down your spinal cord and out to every organ, tissue and cell within your body. Signals sent back to your brain to confirm that your body is working correctly. Improper motion or position of the moving bone of your spine is referred to as a subluxation. Chiropractors recognise that subluxations can interfere with your bodies ability to communicate back to your brain, due to misfiring of nerves, if left unaddressed this can lead to swelling and irritation of the surrounding soft tissues.
What is a subluxation?
When a spinal joint is no longer working properly, it can lead to the misfiring of nerves, negatively affecting the communication pathways between your brain and the body.
Do I have a slipped disc or have I pinched a nerve?
Each disc consists of an outer fibrous layer encapsulating a 'crabmeat like' soft centre serves as a ball bearing promoting joint movement. As discs are situated between two vertebral bones, they cannot technically slip out of place. However, discs can bulge, tear and/or herniate, as well as thin and dry out due to dehydration. Nerves are often irritated as opposed to pinched, due to local inflammation caused by a subluxation adjacent to the nerve, this distorts your nerves ability to send important messages between your brain and body, this may cause pain alongside altered functions of the surrounding soft tissues and organs.
How do I know if I have a subluxation?
You can have subluxations without being aware of their presence, as only 10-15% of your nerves tell your brain how you feel, the rest control your musculature system and organs such as your stomach, heart and liver. Similar to the early stages of both tooth decay and cancer, subluxations may be present before any warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can identify whether any subluxations are present within your nervous system.
Can subluxations correct on their own?
Our bodies can self-correct subluxations when we bend, stretch and sleep at night. When subluxations don't resolve, you will need to consult a chiropractor, as the profession specialises in detecting and correcting subluxations.
What is an adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments often involve a quick specific movement that stimulates your nervous system to correct the subluxation. There are many ways to go about this, some methods require only a pair of hands, others may require the utilisation of gravity. Your chiropractor will tailor your bespoke adjustment to suit your personal needs. Adjustments can kick start your bodies nervous system and therefore may induce healing effects within your body. This process lasts for hours after you have left the clinic.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes, chiropractic is safe, in fact, a New Zealand government-funded study found that chiropractic adjustments are incredibly safe. Adjustments ay help you avoid drugs and unnecessary surgeries, as such chiropractic has an excellent track record, leading to insurance premiums that are significantly lower than our medical counterparts. When it comes to statistics Adjustments are around 100 times safer than taking over the counter pain relief alone.
Can adjustments damage my spine/make my spine too loose?
No, the sole aim of the adjustment is to restore normal joint motion and aid your bodies ability to adapt and heal, therefore, only the joints that are 'stiff, locked up and restricted' are adjusted, adjusting these areas helps to reduce nerve interference and alters muscle and ligament activation, allowing the joint to stabilise and heal over time.
Can you adjust every bone in my body?
Chiropractors recognise that your body like a battery, has limited healing capacity at any given time because of this adjustments are often more effective when solely focused on your weakest areas, as opposed to dividing your bodies healing efforts across multiple joints.
What makes the sound during my adjustment?
A liquid known as 'synovial fluid' lines the joints within your spine. Some adjusting techniques may produce a sound when the gas and fluid in the joint shift due to pressure changes. Just like opening a bottle of champagne or a can of pop.
Is everyone adjusted the same way?
No, every care plan and adjustment our chiropractors give are specific to your spine, with 24 individual segments in each spine, we see an array of spinal issues. Therefore each adjustment is specifically tailored to your own condition, needs and individual goals.
Can I adjust myself?
No, it is possible to crack and pop your joints in some cases, although this is not an adjustment. Self-manipulation can result in joint injuries over time, as only the most mobile ones will crack in this manner leading to a weakening of the muscles and a laxity of the ligaments. Even Chiropractors need other Chiropractors to adjust themselves, adjustments are extremely specific and take many years to master.
How many adjustments will I need?
It is important to understand that your body requires time to heal. The recommended amount of adjustments varies from one individual to another, just like his/her goals. In certain cases, it is important to receive ongoing care during the initial and supportive phases of your care. As you progress and your spine begins to stabilise your chiropractor will be able to set you up on a less frequent schedule. healing takes time and each adjustment helps to build upon the next.
Can I have chiropractic care after surgery?
Yes, rest assured your chiropractor would avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above and below the involved level, these areas will be the focus of your care.
I have osteoporosis is chiropractic care safe for me?
Yes, when designing your care plan, chiropractors consider any underlying conditions, fortunately, there are many ways to adjust the spine, as such if you have low bone density your chiropractor will choose a more gentle approach suited to your bone structure.
How long until I feel better?
Many factors can affect how fast you heal, such as the chronicity of the problem, keeping to your schedule and getting adequate rest, nutrition and exercise. Some experience rapid relief, while others discover it can take many weeks to months. Alongside how you feel your chiropractor will also take into account how your body is functioning. As structure dictates function, this will ultimately affect how fast you respond to care.
How long will I need chiropractic care for?
After you are feeling better and your spine has the strength and stability it spine needs, you will have a choice to make regarding the future. most individuals choose to continue with a form of maintenance or supportive care. The aim of these adjustments are to help support your body throughout the final stages of healing, they may also help to detect and resolve new issues before you begin to feel the effects. Our job is to offer only the very best care possible and your job is to decide how much of it you want.
Will I receive any medication for your pain?
No, chiropractors choose to rely on your bodies natural ability to heal itself, in certain cases we may advise you to use ice to control painful symptoms during your initial phase of care. When applied appropriately, ice can have an analgesic effect without the side effects of medications.
Why don't medical practitioners get on with chiropractors?
Attitudes are changing in this respect, as years of prejudice and bias are giving way to research, demonstrating the effects of chiropractic care. As such the public demands for alternatives to drugs and surgery are increasingly growing, leading other practitioners to refer their patients to our clinic.
Have a question that remains unanswered?
We recognise that the greater your understanding of your body the more confidence you will have in it and its ability to heal. Chiropractic is a safe, effective and natural alternative to other treatment interventions. Based upon an irrefutable, simple philosophy that is in line with all scientific discoveries.
You can get in touch with us on 01423 855 909.