What is Chiropractic?
It is a primary health care profession.Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis,treatment and prevention of conditions that are due to bio mechanical dysfunction of the joints,in particular the spine. Chiropractic treatment is in the form of spinal adjustments which are done by hand and is highly effective,safe and natural.
The most common conditions patients attend a chiropractor for is low back pain,neck pain,arm or leg pain pins and needles and/ or numbness in hands or feet tightness between the shoulders and headaches.
What is an adjustment?It is the realigning of the joints or vertebrae.It allows increased movement in the facets ( joints). The “pop” is when gas is released from the joint into the capsule around the joint.Similar to when you crack your knuckles!
Who can benefit from Chiropractic care?
The whole family!Treatments are tailored according to age from expectant mothers to grandparents! The treatment is tailored for each patient depending on their age and diagnosis.
What happens on your first visit?
A detailed medical history is taken and a range of orthopaedic and neurological tests are carried out.In some cases further investigation are required such as X-rays or MRI scans and Chiropractors are trained to interpret both of these.
A report of findings are given and the diagnosis is explained and a treatment programme is clearly outlined. In some cases a patient will need further investigations and in such instances you will be provided a letter to give to your GP requesting these tests.
At this clinic there is also a great emphasis on not only the adjustment of joints but also on the surrounding musculature.During treatment some massage is necessary to relax the muscle before the adjustment!
All patients are given home stretching programmes along with postural relief techniques and home icing/heat uses.All first time patient receive a Courtesy call two to three days after their first visit.
Will you be sore after treatment?
Some patients experience some tenderness after treatment.Usually this subsides after two to three days.Some patients feel instant relief and others depending on how chronic they are,take time.
Prevention or cure?
Some patients when pain free like to attend on a maintenance basis.This keeps the joints free and muscle supple reducing the reoccurrence of the problem and any further other spinal problems to develop.
As a member of the chiropractic association of Ireland it means that patients who pay for private health insurance may be covered for financial reimbursement dependant on their specific level of cover.