Chiropractic is the third largest primary healthcare profession in the world, behind medicine and dentistry.
Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system, particularly involving the spine and its effects on nervous system.
It is based on the principle that good spinal alignment leads to improved overall health, wellbeing and quality of life. The chiropractor doesn’t just treat the symptoms, but the cause of your pain and discomfort.
The number of sessions needed varies considerably depending on:
•How long you have had the problem: generally, yesterday's injury
will resolve faster than one of 20 years duration.
•Your age: you generally heal more slowly as you get older.
•The nature of the problem: a simple backache will often clear more quickly than a sciatic problem.
During the first appointment, I will advise you of an initial treatment plan which will take into account the nature of the problem, how long you've had the problem, your age and stress levels as well as numerous other considerations. On average, most patients need between two and six sessions, initially at weekly intervals then spaced out over monthly intervals.
Once the problem has been resolved, I recommend regular check-ups every three months to keep your spine and other joints functioning well and to help to prevent future problems.
No, the chiropractic treatment is no painful. The adjustement is quick and accurate. After treatment you can feel physical changes, these may include a brief period of stiffness or tiredness, especially if your problem has been untreated for a long time.
Few advices to reduce discomfort levels:
- drink plenty of water, minimum 4 cups after treatment
- reduce meat intake as this promotes inflammation
- Eat fresh fish, fruits, vegetables and take a vitamin C supplement, these are each anti-inflammatory
- the evening after the 1st treatment, go for a couple a short walks, up to 20 minutes long.
But more often patients report a feeling of wellbeing and relief from stress and pain.
Here are some signs or indicators that parents should look for that may indicate a spinal problem:
-Child’s head is consistently tilted or turned to one side
-Restricted head or neck motion to one side
-Disturbed sleeping patterns
-Feeding difficulties for an infant
-Breastfeeding difficulty with child to a particular side or position
-Bed-wetting (nocturnal enuresis)
-Aches and Pains
A major difference is that pain is not usually a primary
complaint. Sometimes children do not complain if they are uncomfortable. This
can make it more difficult for parents to know when kids need to visit their
chiropractor. There are certain “clues” that we can watch for to gain more
understanding in this area, such as postural changes, only wanting to breast
feed from one side, being off-balance, always tilting their head to one side, running
with a limp or they might just not want to participate in physical activities
and give other excuses.
The treatment for babies and young children is modified using a slight pressure most commonly rather than the manipulative technique used on adults. It is safe, gentle and effective.
few of the major insurance companies now cover chiropractic. It is worth
checking your policy and contacting your insurance company to see if
you need a GP referral in order to make a claim.