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Frequently asked questions about Chiropractic

Will the treatment hurt?

Usually a Chiropractic treatment will not hurt although there may be some short-term discomfort. You will most likely find that with subsequent treatments and as you improve your treatments will become much more pleasant.

Do Chiropractors use X-rays?

Chiropractors can refer you directly for X-rays if they are required. Your Chiropractor will weigh up the risks and benefits and advise you on what is required.


What is a slipped disc or a prolapsed disc?

The intervertebral discs in your spine are cushions which sit between your vertebrae. The discs cannot ‘slip’ as they are attached to the vertebrae. What can happen is that the gel inside the cushion can start to come out as the disc becomes damaged. This is called a prolapsed disc or a disc bulge. These can result in irritation or compression of the nerves coming out of the spine or even the spinal cord itself.

How long will Chiropractic take to work?

The duration of treatment required it circumstantial and will change from patient to patient. Generally, the longer you have been in pain, the longer it may take to recover.  

Is Chiropractic treatment possible after surgery?

It is most likely that Chiropractic treatment will be possible after surgery although this depends on the type of surgery. It is important to advise your Chiropractor on the fact that you have had a surgery so that they can modify their treatment methods accordingly.


How could lifestyle changes help?

Headaches can often be associated with lifestyle factors as well as a malfunctioning neck. Good results are achieved through addressing contributory lifestyle factors such as stress levels, diet and identifying mineral deficiencies.

What if it’s something serious?

Your Chiropractor will perform a thorough history and examination to identify the cause of your headaches. If you are not an appropriate candidate for Chiropractic care your Chiropractor will refer you to receive the required treatment.


Will wearing a cervical collar help?

In severe cases a cervical collar might be advised. Although in most instances a cervical collar is not required and my lead to muscular deconditioning and worsening pain. Your Chiropractor or other healthcare professional will advise you further.

Is rolling your head bad for your neck?

It is not great. Your neck is designed for single movements. If you want to keep your neck mobile it is best to simply look up, down, left, right and tilting your head side to side.

May 24, 2014