We’ve created a list of the most common questions we get asked about chiropractic, if you can’t find the answer to your query please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Do chiropractors only treat backs?
While low back pain is the most common reason to consult a chiropractor, chiropractors can treat a variety of other conditions such as neck pain, shoulder pain(including frozen shoulder), tennis elbow, headaches (including migraines) and other general joint pains.
Will I be given treatment on my first visit?
If your chiropractor does not require any additional testing (X-ray, MRI, blood tests etc.) then, with your permission, your chiropractor will start treatment at the first visit.
Will treatment hurt?
Not usually, chiropractic treatment is a gentle and effective method of treating a multitude of musculoskeletal aches and pains. Some patients may experience temporary symptoms such as pain or soreness around the area being treated.
What is the ‘popping noise’ when I get adjusted/manipulated?
The ‘pop’ is simply the sound of bubbles of gas popping in the fluid of the joint as the pressure is released.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on a number of factors, such as how long you have had the problem, how old you are, how serious your problem is, your lifestyle/work regime. Generally a more chronic problem will take longer to get better. At Borders Chiropractic we assess your progress at every visit and advise on further treatment on a visit to visit basis.
Is there anything I can do to help myself?
Yes, your chiropractor will give you advice which may consist of stretches and rehabilitative exercises, postural advice, lifestyle advice etc. Following this advice will help speed up your recovery and also often minimises the number of treatment visits you need.
Why do I need to give so much medical history?
Your chiropractor needs to establish an overall picture of your health to ensure that chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition. Therefore you will be asked a great deal of information, not just about the pain or complaint that brought you to the clinic but also about your past health history. It is not unusual to see a patient with back pain and find that there may be other issues that could benefit from chiropractic care.
Will I have to have chiropractic care for the rest of my life?
No. How long you wish to attend is entirely up to you. However your chiropractor will recommend a schedule of care based on your condition. Often, patients respond best to more frequent visits at the start of treatment and then the frequency reduces as you improve. Some patients find a regular visit, every 2 or 3 months for example, beneficial, especially for long standing problems or problems related to ongoing work or sporting activities. These visits are often thought of as similar to seeing your dentist for a check up, to try and deal with a problem before it becomes a major issue.
Do I need to be referred by my GP?
Not usually. Some patients wishing to use private health care policies to cover the cost of chiropractic treatment may need to obtain a GP referral prior to commencing treatment. If you wish to use private health insurance to cover the cost of your treatment please make this known when you book an appointment with us.
What happens if I don’t like being ‘clicked’? Can Chiropractic still help me?
Yes. Adjustments – the movement that can cause a ‘click’ in the joints are just one of the many tools used by chiropractors. Chiropractors at Borders Chiropractic also utilise modalities such as ultrasound, interferential (electrical muscle stimulation), soft tissue techniques, acupuncture/dry needling and massage.
Am I too old for Chiropractic treatment?
People of all ages and from all walks of life may benefit from chiropractic treatment. Treatment is tailored to the individual so that things like your age, overall health and your preference and treatment goals will be taken into account when formulating a treatment plan.
I’ve been told I have arthritis, can chiropractic still help?
Yes, in fact a recent study by Bronfort et al (2009) confirmed that chiropractic can be effective for a variety of general joint pains, including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis.
I am worried about my posture, can chiropractic treatment help?
As chiropractors we have been trained to assess posture and can give advice and exercise protocols to help improve posture to minimise any damage caused by poor posture.