Chiropractic is the most effective method of detecting loss of function in the spine and joints, which, if left untreated can interfere with the health of your nervous system.
The central nervous system is formed by the brain and spinal cord which controls the body.
While the brain is encased by the skull, the spinal cord is more vulnerable, protected only by 24 moving vertebrae. When the joints between each vertebrae lose their normal range of motion, they can irritate the delicate nerves that exit from the spinal cord. This disrupts the function of the tissues or organs these nerves control and may affect the body's natural ability to recover from injury, decrease immune system to disease and lower your performance level.
Chiropractic is the science of locating these areas of spinal dysfunction and the art of correcting them to enhance the body's innate healing mechanism. Once the condition is stable, you will be able to return to your normal activities. Regular checkups with your chiropractor will reduce the risk of recurrence and improve your general well being.
During your first appointment with our chiropractor, he/she will ask about your medical history, diet, lifestyle and emotional state. The first appointment will last between 30 minutes to 1 hour as the chiropractor will need to ask a number of questions to get a whole picture of your current health and circumstances. He or she will also examine you.
You may be asked to sit, stand, walk and possibly carry out other movements. Your reflexes may be tested with a reflex hammer. Your chiropractor may also request that you have an X-ray taken to help make a diagnosis.
Once you have agreed on a course of treatment with your chiropractor, each session will last around 30 minutes. The number of sessions you will need and how often you have them will depend on your particular condition.
The most used and key technique employed by all trained chiropractors is manipulation with their hands. This is a manual method where the chiropractor will target the source of the condition with their hands and manoeuvre the joints in a way that the patient would be unable to do him or herself. Sometimes, the movements performed by the chiropractor are quite forceful, known as a ‘dynamic thrust’.
During a dynamic thrust manoeuvre, it is very common to here a popping or snapping sound radiate from the joint being manipulated. This is because in the fluid between the joints, there are small bubbles of gas. When the chiropractor is putting force onto these bubbles, they create the popping sound. This noise sometimes makes the patient concerned that the bones have been damaged or muscles have been torn, but be assured that it is just the bubbles.
Soft tissue treatment
The second key treatment carried out by chiropractors is performed on the soft tissues. These tissues consist primarily of the tendons and muscles. These are prone to tensing, twisting and causing discomfort. In order to relieve any pain or distress, the chiropractor can perform massages or stretching techniques. This treatment, however, is not the key practice of chiropractors.