CHIROPRACTIC CARE FAQ
Have a question how chiropractic care works? Here’s the most common questions we get about using a chiropractor. If you have any other questions please contact us and we’ll happily answer them for you!
What Conditions Can A Chiropractor Treat?
Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation to achieve proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure. Common conditions treated are:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- Elbow pain
- Shoulder injuries
- Hip pain
- Arthritic pain
- Joint pains
What Happens At My First Visit To The Chiropractors?
During your first visit we’ll establish what your symptoms are (e.g. back pain, neck pain) and what might be causing that pain. Once we’ve established what’s going on, we’ll begin working on a treatment plan for you to help improve the issue so you can begin getting the relief you deserve!
What Are A Chiropractors Qualifications?
Chiropractors are primary healthcare professionals just like your dentist and your GP – except specialising in non-surgical/dreg free pain management. Chiropractors must be registered with the Chiropractic Board of New Zealand and hold a current Annual Practising Certificate. To become a chiropractor in NZ you must complete a 5 year course including a Diploma in Applied Science and then a Bachelors of Chiropractic (BChiro) degree.
Can I Tell If My Spine Is Working Properly Myself?
You need someone to take a look at your spine to be able to tell if it’s working properly. Often, symptoms can be present and be undetected for a long time before they cause pain. Coming in for a consultation is a great place to start if you think something might be going on.
Does It Hurt To Get Adjusted?
Most people find that adjustments are pain free, even if the clicking sometimes gives them a bit of an initial fright! In some causes, you may have mild soreness in the area that’s been adjusted. This is completely normal and is often part of the healing process as your spinal movement improves.
What If Getting My Neck Treated By A Chiropractor Makes Me Nervous?
Talk to us about it! We know that hearing a loud click in your neck can sound and feel uncomfortable, but rest assured it is very safe. Talking to us can help us put your concerns at ease and help us make you feel comfortable during the process. We’ll only use neck adjustments if you’re happy for us to do so.
We don’t include neck adjustments in your treatment if we think it might put you at risk or if it’s unnecessary to what we’re treating. There has to be a solid objective reason for us to use them. There are many techniques that do not involve “manipulation” that we can use to try to correct neck problems, so please don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from seeking treatment to help you.
How Long Until I Feel Better?
Sometimes chiropractors like us tend to answer a question with a 100 questions!
How long have you ignored your pain for? How stressful your job? Are you getting enough sleep? How weak is your core? Are you over training? Do you have flat feet? Do you have any major nutritional defiencies? Do you have any old spinal injuries that weren’t rehabilitated properly? What is you favourite sleeping position? How many hours a day are you at a screen?
It’s very hard to even start making guesses at how long your recovery will take until these questions and many more are answered. Some people get instant relief and for some people it takes one to two weeks before they begin to feel better. Some people cam be rehabilitated by their chiropractors in a few months – for others it can take years.
How Many Adjustments Will I Need From My Chiropractor?
Your chiropractic treatment is tailored to you. This means that the amount of treatments required depends on what you present with when you come in to see us. Some people need to come in for more regular treatments when they first start seeing us, followed by rehabilitation and then maintenance adjustments. For others, a short course of adjustments will get them to where they need to be.
When you first come in and see us, we can give you an idea of how many chiropractic adjustments you need, though this number can change depending on how you respond to your chiropractors treatment over time.
Will I Have To Go To A Chiropractor Forever?
Again, this depends on your lifestyle and how you respond to treatment. Many people choose to have infrequent but ongoing visits to help them feel their best, while others only see us when they’re in pain. During your visits we’ll give you information about the aims of your treatment and how it may help you both short term and long term.
If you sit at a desk clenching your neck for 40 hours a week its likely that you will need more ongoing care from your chiropractor than if you love working as a full-time yoga teacher. If you are an extremely active and accident prone thrill seeker its likely you will need more ongoing chiropractic care than if your hobbies are bush walks and pilates.
We will always try to help you minimise the amount of pain you have and the amount of treatment you need in the long term by helping you to uncover the true causes of your pain so that you can work on them.
Can I Adjust Myself ?
Ahh the frequent self-click… one of life little guilty pleasures. Sadly even your chiropractor can’t adjust themselves effectively – that’s just how specific adjustments are. Some people can make their joints “pop” themselves and although it feels temporarily satisfying, it doesn’t move the specific parts you want to get at and seldom brings any lasting relief.
Come in and see us to make sure you’re not causing yourself more problems by just clicking what “feels good temporarily”.
Can I Have Chiropractic Care After Spinal Surgery?
Absolutely. We have specific types of treatment designed to avoid the surgically modified parts of your spine and correct and maintain spinal function.
Is It OK To See A Chiropractor If I Am Pregnant?
You sure can. Chiropractic care is safe for both mums and babies. Some mums find that chiropractors adjustments during pregnancy help with their back pain and other related musculoskeletal pain. We of course adapt our adjusting methods to ensure that you and your baby are safe at all times.