Frequently Asked Questions
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. Chiropractic comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning œdone by hand.
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the intricate communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If these nervous system pathways are impaired, malfunction of the tissue and organ function throughout the body can result.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutrition and exercise, wellness and healthy lifestyle modifications.
How safe is chiropractic?
According to a New Zealand government inquiry, chiropractic care is remarkably safe. In relation to caring for neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Do I need x-rays?
You may be required to obtain a clear blue print alignment of your spine, x-rays operate via an electronic exposure control therefore exposing you to only the amount of radiation required to generate an image.
How educated is a Chiropractor?
A Doctor of Chiropractic has spent five years at university usually doing a double degree program consisting of a three year bachelor and a two year masters or graduate diploma. This level of education is what gives Chiropractors the title of doctor.
Is it too early for my child to be checked by a chiropractor?
Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal problems.
While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child's spine, skull, pelvis and extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as "growing pains" may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups may be able to identify these problems and may help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Damage can occur when a joint is forced to "pop" with weakened muscles & ligaments. Chiropractors are the only health professionals in the world trained to detect & correct subluxations. Just like you, your Chiropractic Doctor must get adjusted by a colleague.
Why is the spine so important?
Your spine protects your spinal cord & nerves which send messages to the brain & the rest of the body. Improper position of the spine, (subluxation) can interfere with vital signals which may compromise organ & tissue function. Specific Chiropractic adjustments help to improve mind/body communication.
History of Chiropractic
The art of chiropractic is thousands of years old. In 1895, in the US, Dr DD Palmer was searching for the cause of disease and explored many types of healing arts, one day his janitor - who had been partially deaf for many years - allowed Palmer to examine him. No one previously discovered what Palmer did - a lump in his neck from a shifted spinal bone (subluxation). Palmer convinced the janitor to allow him to "adjust" the shifted bone to its normal position using his hands. The janitor's hearing was restored and chiropractic as we know it today was born.