Chiropractic Therapy

A chiropractor is a registered health practitioner who treats the musculoskeletal system (muscles, ligaments, bone, and joints).

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors can diagnose, treat and prevent mechanical disorders of Musculoskeletal System and the effects of these disorders on the function of Nervous System and General Health. Chiropractors treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions, such as Back Pain, Whiplash, Neck Pain, Arthritis, Headaches, Migraines, Joint Pain, Etc. Spinal manipulation is the main treatment used by chiropractors. It is a therapy that involves using the hands to move a joint beyond its usual range of motion. Manual pressure is applied to the spine using different techniques, and some movements may give an audible crack or pop.

Are chiropractic treatments effective?

Back pain

Spinal manipulation is very effective for Acute and Chronic low back pain.
Spinal manipulation has been shown to give improvements in pain and function in people with chronic low back pain.
Spinal manipulation is one of several options that include exercise, massage and physical therapy that can provide some relief to low-back pain.

Neck pain and Headaches

Our Chiropractors can help you If you have chronic neck pain, Whiplash, Headaches or Migraine. There is evidence that chiropractic treatments can be as effective as medicines for tension headaches and migraines.

What can you expect during a chiropractic session?

Patients can expect from their chiropractor:

  • An initial consultation to review your complaint, case history, ask questions and review relevant paperwork and available reports. The chiropractor is likely to discuss your current health problem, along with your overall medical history. They may perform an examination and you might be offered spinal manipulation.
  • An explanation and consent to a physical examination and appropriate diagnostic testing.
  • A chiropractic examination, which may include orthopedic, neurological, muscle function, joint function, and radiographic testing.
  • A report of findings, which will include a diagnosis or clinical impression with a complete explanation by the chiropractor of what has been analysed.
  • A referral to another regulated health professional, e.g., Massage Therapist or Physiotherapist when needed.
  • Recommendations for care, which may include a course of chiropractic adjustment or manipulation and/or adjunctive therapies, such as muscle therapy, electrotherapy, lifestyle advice and recommendation of assistive devices.
  • Informed consent to care.
  • A course of care with appropriate re-examinations.

Are chiropractic treatments safe?

  • Spinal manipulation is usually safe, although it can be associated with minor problems and, very rarely, serious side effects.
  • Minor short-lived complaints following spinal manipulation are common.

Should children have chiropractic treatment?

Parents typically seek chiropractic care for their children for musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors may provide treatments to children including:

  • Advice including dietary, ergonomic, and exercise advice
  • Counselling
  • Manual therapies such as massage
  • Manipulation (however, experts are concerned about the risks for babies and children of having spinal manipulation)

Experts agree that there are risks to children including risks from manual therapy, or indirectly from delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.

  • The Chiropractor will discuss their proposed management plan with the child, parent, or guardian
  • The Chiropractor will inform the child, parent, or guardian about the quality of evidence and explain the basis for the proposed treatment
  • The Chiropractor will provide information about the risks and benefits of the proposed treatment and the risks of receiving no treatment
  • The Chiropractor will modify all care and treatment to suit the age, presentation, and development of the patient
It would also be important to let your chiropractor know of any medical condition that may affect your treatment or put you at higher risk of side effects from spinal manipulation. Some of them are listed below.
  • A medical condition that affects your bones and joints, such as Osteoporosis, or hypermobility (extra stretchy joints)
  • Medicines and conditions that weaken the skin