Do you have questions about chiropractic care? Many people do, and we love sharing insight into this wonderful profession. With that in mind, let’s dive into some of the more common questions.
Could adjustments make my spine loose? Can bones be moved too much?
In short, no! Your spine is an incredible structure. The shape of your vertebrae keeps them connected, like floorboards that “click” together; they’re designed to stay put. Ligaments act like ropes that tie your bones together and muscles and fascia also provide strength. A chiropractic adjustment is a skillfully and carefully placed impulse that creates a slight movement within your body’s normal limits to help restore normal motion and function to the joint.
What is the popping sound- is it bad for my joints?
You might hear a popping sound when you have an adjustment; this is caused by a small pocket of gas being released from the joint. This safe sound is common; however, its presence or absence doesn’t determine the effectiveness of your care.
Should I expect pain relief in the first few treatments - how long will I need chiropractic care?
What great questions! We’re all different; so this will depend on your health and how long you’ve had problems. Different parts of your body repair at different speeds, and certain lifestyle factors, such as poor diet and smoking, can slow healing. Making healthy lifestyle changes can speed up the healing process.
Some people only want pain relief; this may or may not happen in the first few treatments and is not always a sign of progress.
Others wish to improve and maintain their health long term, so these factors can also determine how long you choose to receive chiropractic care.
Why do we use X-rays and other imaging technologies?
While we are thorough in our assessments, we cannot see some things. A lot can hide under your skin and in your joints. X-rays and other scans help us know what’s happening inside your body and rule out what’s not. This assists us in providing better care. The type of scan determines what we can detect. For example, an x-ray is good at seeing bones.
What qualifications does a chiropractor have?
In Australia, chiropractors are some of the most qualified health professionals. We complete at least five years of university study. We must register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. This government organisation has strict requirements and only qualified chiropractors gain registration.
Of course, there are many more questions. Please let us know if you have one buzzing around in your head. We’re happy to help!