Q: “How do I know if Chiropractic can help me?”
A: The best way is to have a full consultation and health history with a chiropractor. Here at Complete Health Chiropractic our initial consultation is designed to see if chiropractic is the correct option for you. Click here to find out What to Expect
Q: “What causes the sound of an adjustment?”
A: Not all chiropractic techniques produce a sound. When a noise is heard, the ‘pop’ is the result of gas rushing in to the joint to fill a partial vacuum created when the joint is moved. This suction effect can also help draw vital fluids and nutrients into the spinal joints.
Q: “Is it bad when my back makes ‘popping’ noises all by itself?”
A: Provided you are not forcing your spine on purpose into a position to get the release, some noises or releases can occur normally during movement. Often in the early stages of your healing you may notice your spine ‘popping’ more often than it used to. This is a normal stage in spinal alignment correction that occurs as the spinal joints start to move more and regain proper function. However, if you repetitively force your spine to ‘pop’, you can actually make your spinal problems worse by making those areas even more unstable.
Q: “Can I adjust myself?”
A: The desire to ‘pop’ the neck or back is caused by tension from a jammed or subluxated spinal joint. The subluxation causes other parts of the spine to compensate by moving too much. ‘Cracking’ or ‘popping’ your own neck or low back will give you only temporary relief but soon the urge to pop or crack reappears because the subluxation causing the spinal tension has not been corrected. The subluxated joint can only be detected and specifically corrected by a chiropractor so the rest of the spinal column can balance and stop being so movable and noisy.
Q: “Can I tell if I have a subluxation?”
A: No. A subluxation is like a dental cavity- you may have it a long time before symptoms appear that’s why having your spine checked regularly is so important.
Q: “Is chiropractic addictive?”
A: If only it was, there would be a lot less unhealthy people! It is possible however to become accustomed or used to feeling vibrant, energetic, flexible and balanced as a result of your chiropractic adjustments.
Q: “How often should I have an adjustment?”
A: As soon as you get spinal nerve stress. Since spinal nerve stress is often painless regular checks will ensure your nervous system remains stress-free.
Q: “What will happen if I stop having adjustments?”
Nervous system pressure or interference will continue to build-up, but it will not be eliminated. Over time nervous system function and overall health will begin to deteriorate, just the same way that a pot-plant would gradually wither if you stopped watering it!
Q: ”Do I have to go forever?”
A: Ask yourself this question; ‘How long would you like to stay healthy, active and energetic?’ Depending on your answer, you may benefit from at least a monthly chiropractic check-up to keep your spine in top condition for many years to come.
Just as you continue to brush, floss and keep regular dental visits to keep your teeth for a lifetime, taking care of your spine is also a lifelong process of eating well, exercising, getting adequate rest AND regular chiropractic care. When your teeth wear out you can always get dentures, but what will you do when your spine wears out?
Q: “Why is it important to get checked even though I am not in pain?”
A: Pain is often the last symptom to surface when you have a spinal health problem. After just two weeks of misalignment, a subluxated joint begins to degenerate and nerve health is compromised. So regular chiropractic check-ups will ensure that your spinal joints and nerves stay healthy, and prevent further dysfunction and pain.
Q: ”Can adjustments wear out your joints?”
A: Actually, arthritic conditions may benefit from chiropractic, with reflexive muscular function being normalised during spinal manipulation.¹ Spinal degeneration is often caused by long-standing vertebral subluxations. Research shows that chiropractic adjustments can decrease joint pain and normalize function in arthritic joints.¹
- Fiechtner and Brodeur. Manual and manipulation techniques for rheumatic disease. Rheumatology Diseases Clinic of North America 2000 Feb: 26(1): 83-96.
Q: “Is chiropractic safe for myself and my family?
A: Countless research and Government inquiries ²,³ over the years have place Chiropractic to be extremely safe for people of all ages. The safety record of chiropractic care in Australia is exemplary and it is a low risk healthcare profession.Chiropractic care has a very high expressed satisfaction rate with patients.³ Chiropractors are nationally regulated healthcare professionals, university educated with evidence-based and patient-centred approaches to the care of their patients.
2. The Manga report, 1993.
3. NZ Commission of Inquiry – Chiropractic in NZ report, 1979.