Common questions about chiropractic
Addressing common misconceptions and questions on chiropractic care.
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ABOUT THE FIRST CHECK-UP
Everyone’s condition is different, and it is critical that we diagnose the severity of misalignments in your spine to develop the best care plan for your condition.
Receiving chiropractic adjustments without being checked is not safe. Your safety is of utmost importance to us.
Your check-up has two sessions. The first session will last around 40 minutes and comprises
- An initial consultation with the Chiropractor to understand your history and pain points; and
- A series of comprehensive spinal tests.
The Chiropractor may require you to take spinal X-rays after the first session depending on your condition. We work with third-party off-site radiology partners for this.
The second session will last around 45 minutes and the Chiropractor will run through results of your tests and X-rays, and recommend if chiropractic care is suitable for your condition.
X-rays are one of the best ways to visually understand and diagnose spinal misalignments. While our Chiropractors can detect misalignments during palpation, X-rays show the severity of degeneration or misalignment.
This will allow our Chiropractors to accurately and safely understand your condition and the adjustments required to correct the issue.
In certain conditions (e.g. pregnancy, very young children) where X-rays are not advisable, our Chiropractors will utilise other tools to understand the degree of spinal misalignment.
For the first check-up, do try to arrive 5 minutes ahead of your appointment to facilitate registration. For ladies, please remember to wear a two-piece outfit (e.g. blouse and pants) to facilitate the scans.
If you need to change your appointment, we will appreciate if you could notify us as soon as possible.
ABOUT CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS
Absolutely. The profession has been around for over 120 years, and we have been serving the community in Singapore for over a decade.
Chiropractic adjustments are only given after a detailed consultation and examination designed to determine the precise and most effective way for our Chiropractors to approach your health problems.
We ensure that our care is safe and effective by doing a comprehensive consultation and examination, often including advanced spinal imaging, before adjustments are given.
It is impossible to adjust you and care for you without a complete check-up to understand the unique state of your health.
No, they should not hurt.
Adjustments to certain joints in the spine or extremities may feel slightly uncomfortable, but once the adjustment is performed, you should not feel pain. In fact, many enjoy being adjusted, and like the way the adjustment feels.
If it is your first time ever being adjusted, you may experience slight soreness or discomfort for 12 – 24 hours following the first adjustment. The adjustment helps restore the alignment of the spine, breaking up adhesions that had previously restricted the joint, and stretching tissues that have previously caused some of the pain and other symptoms.
Chiropractors do not crack bones. That said, it is normal to hear a “popping” or “cracking” sound during an adjustment.
The popping sound is due to a change in pressure, as a joint moves in a specific way. There are small pockets of air or bubbles that surround the joint. During a chiropractic adjustment, the tissues are stretched out, “popping” the air pocket, which then creates the cracking sound.
The sound associated with a chiropractic adjustment is not important; an effective adjustment can be delivered with no audible sound. Instead, we are more concerned with the degree and quality of movement that was achieved with the adjustment.
Motion is life. A flexible, stable, and well-aligned spine is key for your health.
When you crack your neck and back, you are haphazardly manipulating and straining the muscles around your spine to forcefully cause the crack. The greatest risk with this is creating hypermobility of the joints, which could lead to increased pain, and predispose you to increased vulnerability at the joints.
Engaging a non-trained friend to help in the cracking process is even more risky an endeavour. When a non-trained person assists in cracking a friend’s back, they can exert a force that’s too hard, leading to muscle injury (such as a sprain). Stop that habit of asking your friend to stand or walk on your back to crack it!
Conversely, a registered professional, such as a Doctor of Chiropractic, or an Orthopaedic Doctor, can safely address the issues you are having. Prior to conducting a chiropractic adjustment, we do a comprehensive assessment of your medical history, and current issues (via a physical examination, and often imaging) to diagnose your condition, even before conducting an adjustment.
Depending on the type of surgery you had undergone, you may or may not receive chiropractic adjustments as part of your treatment plans.
To answer this question, we will first need to do a comprehensive check-up and examination with one of our Doctors of Chiropractic. Based on the damage done to your spine, as well as other complicating factors, we can then recommend whether 1) chiropractic care is suitable for you, and if so, 2) the proposed frequency and number of adjustments to achieve your goals.
It is important to stick to your chiropractor’s recommendations to achieve the optimal healing and results.
ABOUT CHIROPRACTIC CARE
The duration depends on your goals, severity of your initial condition, and how well your body reacts to chiropractic adjustments.
We have witnessed practice members who found relief from their pain within weeks, and some with more serious conditions, months.
Spinal misalignments (like teeth) typically took years to reach its current condition. Physical misalignments require physical adjustments to correct them, and like braces for teeth, is not an overnight solution.
Just like your car and air-conditioner, your body requires routine servicing. Chiropractic care is applicable for all stages of life, over your whole life.
Chiropractic care is not an overnight solution and healing takes time. Chiropractic focuses on unlocking your body’s innate healing abilities through removing interference in your nervous system caused by spinal misalignments.
Give your body some time to heal. If you feel that your body symptoms are getting worse over the course of care, please flag this up to our Chiropractors so that they can have a consultation and re-assess if your care plan requires change.
As our practice member, if you do require more adjustments, we don’t charge additional once you’re under our care.
Absolutely. Chiropractic can significantly improve the health of both mother and child.
During the pregnancy, the mother experiences a number of physiological changes and it can cause a lot of stress on both the mother and the child.
One significant change is the increased weight the mother has to bear. This can cause postural distortion and increase stress and tension on the mother’s lower back and pelvic region. Possible symptoms are numbness and tingling into her thighs, knees and feet as well as leg cramps.
Her upper back, neck and shoulder region may be affected due to the body’s attempts to compensate the forward shift in her belly.
Our Chiropractors are trained to adjust pregnant women in a safe and effective approach.
All chiropractors are ensured by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower and the Ministry of Health to have valid and qualified degrees from an accredited chiropractic institution.
Doctors of Chiropractic (DC’s) are functional, holistic, wellness-oriented doctors who specialize in improving the health and integrity of the spine and nervous system. A DC is awarded after completion of a 4-year doctorate program, following a 4-year pre-requisite in basic sciences at university level.
A “slipped disc” is a disc that may herniate (‘slip’, bulge) and press against a spinal nerve, due to injury, misuse, or degeneration. This trauma may be associated with pain and reduced mobility. In the majority of cases, the body resolves the swelling and absorbs (covers up) the deeper damage to the joint/disc mechanism.
No noticeable signs of damage occur until years later, and may first show up as a decrease in disc space (degeneration) and progress to osteoarthritis damage to the vertebrae.
If you are dealing with spinal misalignments damaging and weakening your spinal discs, then disc is actually an effect of a deeper problem, not the cause of your pain. Chiropractic care is focused on treating spinal misalignments and addressing the cause.
ABOUT COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS
To answer this question, it is first important to take a step back to understand your goals in the first place.
If you are looking to seek one-off, symptomatic relief, a chiropractic care programme may seem like a hefty investment.
However, if your goal is around improving your spinal health and general well-being, chiropractic care may even be less expensive as compared to other long-term treatment plans that involve medication, surgery, or intensive physical therapy. More importantly, the goal of chiropractic care is preventive in nature, i.e. to improve spinal motion, and in turn, the body’s physical functions. The eventual objective of chiropractic care is to prevent degeneration that eventually require more invasive forms of treatment.
We’ll be honest – there are unfortunately several players in the market who have given the profession a bad name of “selling packages”, using a one-size-fits-all treatment regime for all patients, regardless of condition.
When choosing a chiropractor, it is therefore important to find one who does a comprehensive history taking and check-up, before recommending an appropriate treatment programme for a condition, or whether you are a suitable candidate for chiropractic care in the first place.
Your treatment programme is formulated based on your condition, the results from the various tests, and the Doctor of Chiropractic’s professional experience. The programme is necessary to correct the physiological misalignment in your body, and resolve (rather than just relief) the symptoms you are experiencing.
If you are experiencing pain, it is unlikely that it is a result of a problem that just happened overnight, but rather, more possibly due to an accumulation of bad habits over a course of time. It is therefore unrealistic that it can be easily resolved by one-off treatment.
While a single chiropractic adjustment is likely to give temporary relief, not following through a treatment programme will result in symptoms coming back, because the underlying problem as not been corrected.
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