Frequently Asked Questions
Should I see a chiropractor/physiotherapy/osteopath?
With evidence based practice being the norm that is taught in universities, you will probably find that there are more similarities than differences between the three health professions. As with any profession, you will find a wide variety of ways to practice under the one term.
Our approach is to take the time to explore the imbalances in the body that may be causing your concerns and pain. Your treatments are tailored specifically for your issue and preferences whether that is to add movement or limit it, reduce inflammation and pain, stimulate circulation or to strengthen and rehabilitate. You are unique and so is our approach.
Why do chiropractors ‘crack’ people?
Our aim as chiropractors is to check your posture and position, namely of the spine. We find imbalances and our therapeutic goal is often to restore movement and function via a small, well controlled quick stretch. This is known as an adjustment. This helps an area to move easier, address underlying older issues and neurologically is similar to pressing the ‘reset’ button on a crashed computer or smartphone. We aim to create new, healthier habits for your body to heal quicker and stay better.
What is that cracking noise?
In physics, this is known as a cavitation. The noise associated with a traditional chiropractic adjustment are gas bubbles in your joint ‘popping’ as a quick stretch happens to the joint. It is simply a confirmation that there was a separation of the joint during the adjustment. The noise is not the therapy and we use several other methods of adjusting that do not result in an audible release.
What if manual adjustments aren’t for me?
As wonderful as manual adjustments are, there are times where a manual adjustment is not suitable. Whether it is personal preference or other, we often change our approach making chiropractic suitable for babies, children, post-surgical, osteoporotic and anybody else to visit our practice.
What will I feel afterwards?
Generally speaking, you should feel that it is easier to move post-adjustments. While those who get regularly adjusted often feel ‘light’ and relaxed, if you are new or have reinjured yourself you may find that it may be heavy and achy in the areas that were worked on. This is known as DOMS (delay onset muscle soreness) that is very similar in feeling to doing something the body is not akin to, perhaps going for a 10km run or doing 100 push-ups or after a heavy massage. It is normal and will pass within a few days. Ice may be of relief in this timeframe.
Do I need a referral?
The vast majority of our clientele have been referred by word of mouth and no referral from the GP is required prior to your initial consultation with us.
** As sessions are individualised, your visits are specific to you and we strongly recommend discussing your health concerns directly with one of our health care professionals.