FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM CHIROPRACTIC?

Those of any age can enjoy the benefit of chiropractic care. Whether it would be to help posture, relieve pain, reduce stiffness, prevent injuries or limit progressive degenerative changes. Chiropractors can also help breathing issues, upper and lower limb problems (e.g. knees, shoulders, ankles, wrists and elbows…)
Trauma can occur at birth, when a child is learning to walk or ride a bike and through other childhood activities. At the other end of the age scale, restoring better joint function can improve mobility, vitality, endurance and appetite without drugs and their side effects.

WHO ARE CHIROPRACTORS?

Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints of the body.
They are highly qualified and trained professionals who study full time at university for a minimum of five years.
Chiropractors are the superiorly placed spinal health experts with medical equivalence in basic sciences.
Adjustments help relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the joints and supporting muscles and ligaments – so you can enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible.

ARE ALL CHIROPRACTORS TREATING THE SAME WAY?

No, the Chiropractor at Northern Rivers Chiropractic Ballina is a biomechanical based practitioner who uses mainly the “diversified” method of adjusting. He, when necessary, incorporates soft tissue technique in his treatment. He is also from a sporting background and has a great understanding of Human Body Movement.

WHAT IS AN ADJUSTMENT?

The objective of a chiropractic adjustment is to restore, maintain and improve health and wellbeing. Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength to conduct safe, effective adjustments. A force is applied to a fixated or “locked up” joint in a precise direction. This can release a gas bubble within the joint making a popping sound, which people associate with a “crack” sound. And best of all, in most cases, chiropractic adjustments don’t hurt at all and most people find it very relaxing.

ARE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS SAFE?

Yes. A New Zealand government inquiry found that chiropractic care is “remarkably safe”. By using a conservative approach and avoiding drugs and surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. In fact, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.

WHY YOUR BACK HEALTH IS IMPORTANT?

Your nervous system is your body’s information highway and is protected by the spine.
The nervous system travels out between the vertebrae or joints of the spine to carry messages from the brain to every corner of your body.
Stress and strain on the vertebrae can put pressure on the nerves in the affected area. That is why a problem with your spine can have far-reaching effects causing symptoms such as arm or leg pain.

IS CHIROPRACTIC ONLY FOR PEOPLE WITH BACK PAIN?

No, Chiropractors treat problems of the spine and nervous system. Whilst the majority of patients we see in our clinic are treated for back and/or neck pain, tension headaches, migraines, lots of patients report that they can manage better a range of other health conditions when their spine and muscle system is relaxed and working well. This includes better breathing, increase of flexibility, decrease of fatigue, reduction of tingling/numbness and better sleeping habits.

BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE:

There are over 215 000 consultations to Australian chiropractors every week*
Chiropractic treatment is skilled, hands-on health care that relieves pain and helps your body be its best. Here are some of the ways it can help you:

• Improved movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
• Better posture
• Relief from headaches, neck and back pain
• Prevention of work-related muscle and joint injuries
• Enhanced athletic performance
• Improved flexibility
• Relief of pregnancy-related back ache
• Correction of gait and foot problems

Our chiropractors will recommend a course of treatment specific to you that may also include mobilization of the joints, muscle release techniques, muscle stimulation and therapeutic exercises.

WHEN TO CONSIDER CHIROPRACTIC CARE?

If aching joints and muscle pain are affecting your ability to get through the day and keeping you away from your favourite activities, consider chiropractic care.
Work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and back problems.

Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain healthy spine and joint function.

* Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2004-2005). National Health Survey: Summary of Results. (No. 4364.0). Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Information sourced through the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia & Canadian Chiropractic Association

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

The number of treatments required for each person depends on such thing as:

• Injury severity
• Length of time the person had the injury
• Level of degeneration or bone damage in the spine or joints
• Extent or spread of nerve and muscle damage
• If there are different levels of damage
• Level of fitness and age of the person
• Person’s weight and smoking habits
• The person’s body healing rate and sensitivity to any type of treatment (some people tolerate a lot more being done during one visit)

A general guide for people looking for some level of pain relief is about 6-12 visits over a month. If there is absolutely no change to a person’s level of pain or activity after a month, a re-assessment or second opinion is needed. The person might be sent to have more examination done or sent to another specialist.