In the first of my blogs I thought I would cover a popular topic – common questions that I get asked, both in and out of my clinic.
Here are 21 questions that keep cropping up.
1.What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. Derived from Greek words, the word Chiropractic literally translates as ‘done by hand’.
2. What is the history of chiropractic?
The history of chiropractic began in 1895 when Daniel David Palmer of Iowa performed the first chiropractic adjustment on a partially deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard. While Lillard was working without his shirt on in Palmer’s office, Lillard bent over to empty the trash can. Palmer noticed that Lillard had a vertebra out of position. He asked Lillard what happened, and Lillard replied, “I moved the wrong way, and I heard a ‘pop’ in my back, and that’s when I lost my hearing.”
Palmer, who was also involved in many other natural healing philosophies, had Lillard lie face down on the floor and proceeded with the adjustment. The next day, Lillard told Palmer, “I can hear that rackets on the streets.” This experience led Palmer to open a school of chiropractic two years later. Rev. Samel Weed coined the word “chiropractic” from Greek roots. Chiropractic’s early philosophy was rooted in vitalism, naturalism, magnetism, spiritualism and other constructs that are not amenable to the scientific method, although Palmer tried to merge science and metaphysics. In 1896, Palmer’s first descriptions and underlying philosophy of chiropractic echoed Andrew Still’s principles of osteopathy established a decade earlier. Both described the body as a “machine” whose parts could be manipulated to produce a drugless cure. Both professed the use of spinal manipulation on joint dysfunction/subluxation to improved health.
3. What does a Chiropractor do?
A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine. Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics and other therapies to treat back pain.
4. Is Chiropractic Safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognised as one of the safest nondrug, non-invasive forms of health care available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise.
Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24-48 hours. Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education prepares them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to ensure those patients receive the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral to a medical specialist.
5. Are Chiropractors Doctors?
The “Chiropractor” title is protected by law and chiropractors are regulated by statute. The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is the UK-wide statutory body established by Parliament to regulate the chiropractic profession. Chiropractors are permitted by the GCC to use the courtesy title “Doctor of Chiropractic”, which is sometimes abbreviated to “DC” or “DoC”.
After completing the educational and training requirements, an aspiring chiropractor will sit exams from an accredited Chiropractic School. Once they have obtained the license and certification from the board, they will become a doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractors often receive additional training and certification in a wide variety of specialties, including nutrition, sports medicine, acupuncture, and rehabilitation. So Chiropractors are not physicians or medical doctors but have undergone extensive training in the field of chiropractic to achieve the title, Doctor of Chiropractic.
It is important that chiropractors are not misleading to the public when using the title, and we are governed by strict guidelines when advertising or using this title.
6. Does Chiropractic work?
Yes! (Of course I’m going to say that , but the proof is in the pudding!)
Chiropractic care is a powerful method of care that brings healing to the body through the care of the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and bones. Many of the tenets of chiropractic have been practiced for hundreds of years while others are still being developed. As a result, there are both old and new studies that are evidence of chiropractic’s efficacy in treating many different issues and promoting numerous health benefits.
7. Is Chiropractic just for bad backs?
Chiropractic care has existed since the 1800s and mostly focus on the spinal manipulation when it comes to treatment. This part of the body is the bridge that carries nerves and signals to and from the brain.
So, if Chiropractors spend most of their time working on the spine, can they help other parts of your body? The answer is absolutely. Chiropractic methods can also involve pain management, nervous system re-adjustment, spinal realignment, and assisting in the relief and treatment in many other health issues.
I also pay particular attention to the whole wellness model. This is far more extensive than people generally realise, and reaches into the spaces of social, environmental, financial, physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional health also.
8. Am I too old for chiropractic care?
Despite common belief, getting older does not mean you have to endure aches and pains! People often disregard treatable joint and muscle problems by saying “I’m just getting old”. This is often not the case, and these aches and pains of getting old may be treatable.
Regardless of your age, chiropractic care can help to improve mobility and function of your body. More and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity. Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, and endurance.
Many patients report improvement with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. Chiropractic adjustments can be modified for maximum comfort and results. Even if you suffer from osteoporosis, arthritis and other degenerative conditions, chiropractic can help you feel better.
9. Am I too young for chiropractic care?
Absolutely not! While spinal manipulation may seem too intense for infants, it’s actually quite safe. Chiropractors take special care and precautions with babies, and many believe proper chiropractic care can help infants grow more healthfully and even reduce the likelihood of other conditions such as colic. In fact, chiropractic care is sometimes used to treat colic, as well as pain, sleep problems, and musculoskeletal concerns.
Chiropractic care can also be preventive. As children are very active, there can be a great deal of stress placed on certain parts of the body. Regular chiropractic appointments can help ensure a properly aligned spine as the child grows, resulting in better functioning and less risk of injury.
10. How many sessions of chiropractic will I need?
The answer to this questions depends on you and the problem (if you have one) you present with. It also depends on a lot of varying co-factors – does your day to day job aggravate or cause the symptoms? What changes can you imply outside of the chiropractic clinic? Are you able to perform daily exercises to help relieve your symptoms? or is the constant stress on your body unavoidable due to the nature of your work?
The answers to these questions will give you some sort of guidance. I never pre-book patients in for a ‘course’ of treatments as I believe things change on a daily basis, and I reassess each patient each visit to ascertain when the next chiropractic treatment will be most beneficial.
With all new patients, I like to see patients the week after the initial consultation and treatment, as everyone reacts slightly different and at the second visit, after an interview, it becomes more clear how to move forwards.
Life is a moving target. Challenges arise when we expect them and when we don’t expect them to. This is why I believe a more fluid approach to chiropractic care is appropriate. Of course, I have lots of patients whose work is extremely physical and they see me on a fortnightly basis just to stay on top of and to prevent problems. Everyone is different, and at CH Chiropractic, I pride myself on bespoke, individual and tailor made care.
11. Are there any side effects to chiropractic care?
Some people may experience side effects from my treatment. The most common side effects are:
Tiredness, headache, aches and pains and stiffness. However, these side effects are usually mild and pass in a few days. I always ask patients to contact me if they are concerned following a chiropractic treatment.
12. Can chiropractic help with arthritis?
Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve pain caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. Routine chiropractic visits can provide arthritis patients with a non-invasive, all natural, and safe alternative to prescription drugs and pain medications that are commonly prescribed to help manage arthritis pain.
Chiropractic Doctors are highly trained in understanding the joints and musculoskeletal system.
Chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulations are used to reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine along with other joints in the body. These adjustments help to reduce inflammation and improve function of the affected joints and nervous system.
Increasing joint mobility, improving the nervous system function and spinal health will give the body the ability to manage symptoms caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. When the body is in proper alignment, not only is the pressure taken off the nerves, but proper motion between the spinal joints will be restored.
Maintaining proper alignment may help to increase flexibility, improve energy, and increase strength as the joints begin to function optimally.
Routine chiropractic adjustments can provide arthritis patients with decreased inflammation, reduced pain and discomfort, improved flexibility, increased activity and lifestyle and improved range of motion.
If you are suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis, speak with a chiropractor to find out if treatment is right for you.
13. Will a chiropractic treatment hurt?
The answer is no…usually!
Chiropractic adjustments usually do not hurt. Adjustments to certain joints in the spine or extremities may feel slightly uncomfortable or pressure, but once the adjustment is performed you should not feel pain.
In general, patients enjoy being adjusted and like the way that the adjustment feels
As chiropractors we see people in all different levels of pain, ranging from no pain at all to acute flare ups of chronic complaints. Your chiropractor will always strive to make treatment as comfortable as possible – most of our patients love being adjusted and experience no pain at all.
In some cases, particularly when you’re in acute pain, adjustments may be slightly uncomfortable, and you may experience some post-treatment soreness, but this is absolutely normal and all part of the healing process. The most common feeling accompanied with an adjustment is an instant sense of relief and a great feeling as pressure is removed from the nerve and endorphins are released.
At CH Chiropractic, I tailor all of my treatments and techniques to suit you, meaning that whether you’re a builder or boxer, or a new born baby, there’s something I can do to help!
Chiropractors now form the third largest regulated healthcare profession and are specialists in treating musculoskeletal complaints, so if you, or any of your family, are experiencing neck, back or joint pain get booked in to see a chiropractor near you!
14. What happens at the end of a chiropractic treatment?
Toxins in the body can build up because of spinal misalignments. Chiropractic adjustments release these toxins, which is ultimately beneficial for the overall health of your body, but it can have some temporary and strange after-effects.
Don’t be alarmed if you experience any of these things, as they will soon pass and your body will be able to reap the rewards of releasing toxins and improving central nervous system health. These can include nausea, headaches, tiredness and sometimes dizziness.
However, the positives far out-weight the negatives. Here are some benefits which have been reported in the immediate aftermath of a chiropractic treatment: Feeling of relief, less pain, better sleep quality, fewer headaches, exhilaration, greater concentration, increase in mobility and flexibility, more energy and stronger digestion.
15. What problems or conditions does a chiropractor treat?
There is a long list of issues and conditions that may have been helped from chiropractic. This list is not exhaustive so if you have something you are struggling with or is on your mind, then contact me or your clinician directly. I am happy to discuss if chiropractic care is suitable for you.
Performance, back & neck pain, joint pain, headaches & migraines, tension, imbalances, pregnancy, digestive issues, musculoskeletal issues, high blood pressure, sleep health, developmental issues in children & young adults, injuries/trauma, sprains, strains, pulls, arthritis.
….And just to feel great!
16. How does a chiropractor treat pain from musculoskeletal issues?
If you have a musculoskeletal disorder, then turning to a chiropractor can help. Chiropractors use natural treatments to safely reduce your pain. With a chiropractor, there will be a variety of applications that will help you feel better.
Here’s how it works:
Chiropractic is highly effective on joint pain because the applications are designed to release tension from a joint.
Full-Body Pain Relief
Part of what makes musculoskeletal disorders tough to treat is that they cause pain all over your body. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments are applicable almost anywhere, including your neck, wrists and knees. No matter where your pain is located, we can help.
Chiropractic lowers inflammation in your body. Inflammation is a term used to describe your body’s immune response. High inflammation is a known cause for pain and is a trigger for several chronic health conditions, so targeting inflammation in turn will reduce the pain you feel.
Chiropractic is effective because it treats pain in the long term. Rather than continuing to take medications or other treatments that may not be working for you, chiropractic is safe and effective. You can depend on its benefits as they impact your entire body. In addition to chiropractic care, I can deliver a range of helpful services that promote healthy living in all areas of your life. Eating nutritious food and getting enough exercise are also effective in reducing chronic pain, which is why visiting a chiropractor is one of the best choices you can make.
17. Can chiropractic help with chronic pain and conditions?
It’s never too late to seek out chiropractic treatment, but it’s also better to get help as soon as possible. Don’t spend years suffering from pain that may very well be treatable.
Whether you have been dealing with chronic pain for years or want to heal a recent injury in order to prevent future problems, chiropractic may be able to help. A general practitioner will often just prescribe medication to help alleviate your pain, chiropractors will work with you to find a long-term solution, and will help you understand your body better so that you can prevent future injuries before they happen.
18. What other conditions can chiropractic help?
There is a long list of conditions where there have been reported improvements in the symptoms which may be due to chiropractic care.
These include the following: Asthma. Attention Deficit Disorder, Bell’s Palsy. Blindness/Visual Disorders, Blood Pressure, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Neck Pain, Colic, Crohn’s Disease, Deafness, Degenerative Joint Disease, Disc Herniation, Epilepsy, Female Issues, Fibromyalgia, Forward Head Posture, Headache, Infertility, Low Back Pain, Maintenance Care and Wellness, Multiple Sclerosis, Non-musculoskeletal Disorders, Otitis Media, Parkinson’s Disease, Pregnancy-related Pain, Radiculopathy, Repetitive Stress, Scoliosis, Spinal Alignment/Cervical Curve, Spinal Pain, Stress Subluxation, Temporomandibular Joint, Vertigo and Balance, Whiplash
19. Can I get Chiropractic care during pregnancy?
There are many hormonal and physical changes you’ll experience during your pregnancy. Some of these will have an impact on your posture and comfort. As your baby becomes heavier, your centre of gravity shifts, and your posture adjusts accordingly.
These physical changes during your pregnancy can lead to restricted or stuck vertebra or joints.
Other uncomfortable changes during pregnancy might include a protruding abdomen resulting in an increased curve of your back; changes to your pelvis as your body begins to prepare for labour; adaptations to your posture.
Regular visits to a chiropractor during your pregnancy can address these issues. Adjustments designed to re-establish balance and alignment to your pelvis and spine will do more than just make you feel better. Chiropractic care can be beneficial for your baby, too.
Chiropractic care is usually a safe, effective practice during pregnancy. Not only can routine chiropractic care help manage pain in your back, hips, and joints, it can also establish pelvic balance. That can provide your baby with as much space as possible over the course of your pregnancy. This may lead to a faster, easier labour and delivery.
20. Can I help myself as well as receiving chiropractic care?
Unfortunately it is not possible to entirely prevent back injuries, as some are simply unavoidable. But there are lots of things you can do to help minimise the risk.
Try doing daily stretches before and after bed and do your best to lift properly when moving heavy objects. Take care, build up strength, maintain healthy lifestyle choices, get enough sleep and drink enough water – all of this contributes to the health of your musculoskeletal system.
A chiropractor can advise you on which exercises are best for your condition and can also offer health and nutrition tips that are specific to your body.
21. How can I find out more and/or book an appointment?
If you would like more information or would like to book an appointment then please get in contact. You can direct message me on any of my social media platforms. Links are below.
You can also drop me an email to email@example.com
I love hearing from people – new connections and already established connections. So please reach out if you would like guidance, help, more information or would like to book an appointment. Chiropractic is for everyone!