1. Is chiropractic care safe?
In the words of the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.” Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or drugs.
2. What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
3. What makes us unique?
We practice a form of chiropractic called Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT). Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) is a highly accurate and effective method of assessing and correcting spinal restriction and postural distortion patterns in the human body.
Sacro-Occiptal Technique (SOT) is a holistic approach to chiropractic healthcare which includes detailed analysis and corrections for the spine, pelvis, cranium and extremities. Emphasis is placed on the structural integrity of the human body to allow stability and movement. SOT is an extremely gentle form of chiropractic.
4. Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
In most cases, not at all. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as spinal movement is restored.
We sometimes use a hand held instrument to adjust the spine and commonly pelvic blocks to re-align the body. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique you chiropractor will use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.
5. Do I have to remove my clothes?
No, however we do ask you wear loose fitting clothing, the kind of clothing you would wear for a walk or to the gym.
6. What are the stages of care?
Initial phase - This is primarily a passive phase with the aim of relieving your symptoms and priming your body for better function, during this stage your visits will be more frequent.
Stabilising phase - Visits become less frequent and more active (the patient has to do something to assist in the improvement of their condition). The goal of this phase is to correct the cause of the original symptoms. During this phase, the chiropractor will address the reasons why the symptom showed up in the first place. In this phase, the patient will address their overall lifestyle, like eating habits, physical activity, their stress management and so on.
Maintenance phase - This phase allows the patient to maintain and improve their wellness potential through regular but infrequent visits and applying the chiropractic lifestyle.
How long you decided to benefit from care is always down to you. Some patient may decided they just want symptom relief while others may be ready to explore a wellness lifestyle.