|WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT? Simply put, an adjustment is creating movement in a joint that doesn’t move well. A specific force is applied in a precise direction to a joint that may be “locked” or not moving properly. This is intended to restore normal motion which often relieves pain.
A joint has a capsule that surrounds it. When an adjustment is applied to the joint, the capsule stretches creating a pressure difference in the capsule. It is that pressure difference that creates a “popping” noise. This is similar to the popping noise you would hear from opening a pop can. Nothing is actually popping, it is just the pressure difference that creates that type of noise.
DO I HAVE TO GET AN ADJUSTMENT? Despite common practices elsewhere, Chiropractors at the Adelaide Health Clinic find that joint problems are usually associated with, or caused primarily by muscle problems. Therefore muscle dysfunction is what we primarily address through ART. Although Chiropractic adjustments are a very powerful and effective tool to address joint issues, it is not the only tool we have. A Chiropractic adjustment may be recommended if the doctor feels it will be beneficial for your condition, however it may not be necessary depending on the unique situation of each patient.
IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE? Yes. It is still considered to be one of the safest Health Care professions, contrary to what other people or the media might have you believe. While we recognize that there are risks associated with certain procedures (ie. neck manipulations), statistically it is not even comparable to the risk and side effects associated with its medical counterpart (ie. anti-inflammatory medications). A quick search of many respected medical journals will reinforce this statement. Any procedures that may involve a small risk will be discussed in full detail and will only be administered with informed patient consent.
WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE? Prior to entering Chiropractic College, an undergraduate degree in Science must first be attained. The Doctor of Chiropractic degree takes an additional 4 years to obtain.
The Doctor of Chiropractic requires extensive study of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, radiology and biomechanics combined with an intensive internship program at a Chiropractic College Clinic, where they gain practical diagnosis and treatment skills on patients. Upon completion of the program, a Chiropractor can only be licensed to practice if they pass rigorous National and Provincial Licensing Board examinations.
ONCE I GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR, DO I HAVE TO GO FOREVER? No. Chiropractors have a very broad range of practices, differing in philosophies and treatment protocols. While some Chiropractors often mention regular adjustments as part of a “maintenance plan” or preventative measure, Chiropractors at the Adelaide Health Clinic believe maintenance is achieved through proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle management and not through regular Chiropractic adjustments. Our Chiropractors believe that very little scientific research supports the benefits of adjustments as a maintenance plan, and until more significant data is produced we do not practice this philosophy.
Our goal is to have you out of our office and participating in a healthy and active lifestyle as quickly as possible.