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Chiropractic is a treatment where a practitioner called a chiropractor uses their hands to help relieve problems with the bones, muscles and joints. Chiropractic can mainly help with pain in muscles and joints, such as: back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, pain from osteoarthritis and headaches.
Providing that your treatment is performed by a registered Chiropractor, then Chiropractic care is extremely safe. Your first visit to us will include a thorough examination which is essential for the Chiropractor to diagnose your condition and assess your needs. A Chiropractor will only adjust you if is appropriate to do so. If we believe your case is outside of our scope of practice, we will refer you to the appropriate medical professional. A small number of patients may experience mild side effects from the first adjustments such as stiffness or tiredness which usually pass in just a few days!
Adjustments, as a rule, are not painful. There can sometimes be mild post-treatment soreness, particularly in the first phases of treatment, but this will resolve quickly. Some soft tissue techniques can be uncomfortable at the time, but most people describe this as a ‘good pain’, if there is such a thing!
No, you’re not! Chiropractic procedures are always individualised taking in many factors and this includes the patient’s age. For those who are in their mature years, they too can benefit from regular chiropractic care that will provide them with many health benefits. Through the use of gentle mobilisation and stretching, spinal stress is decreased which in turn minimises degeneration. The patient also benefits from increased flexibility and mobility and this is really important for individuals in their mature years.
Prognosis varies dramatically based on a large number of factors. At Vitality Chiropractic, we pride ourselves on using the best available evidence to get you better as quickly as possible. Often patients experience marked relief right from their first visit.
You don’t need to. As medically trained primary-care practitioners, chiropractors are qualified to assess and diagnose patients without prior referral.
In a word: yes. Many women suffer from back pain during pregnancy. It is easy to adapt treatment positions to allow pregnant women to benefit from chiropractic care.
We are registered with all major health insurers. If you are unsure about your current provider, get in touch for advice! In most cases, payment is made as with any other appointment and your insurer will reimburse you upon production of a receipt.
Loose fitting clothes are fine. We will ask you to perform a series of range of movement tests and postures and its best not to feel too constricted!