Who can benefit from Chiropractic Care?

Due to the fact that chiropractic is a non-invasive treatment option, virtually anyone can benefit from chiropractic care. This includes:

  • Babies and Children who suffer from spinal problems, as they grow older and their nervous system adapts.
  • Pregnant women – chiropractors can help ensure an easier delivery and minimise backache.
  • Office workers who often sit in front of a computer for extended periods of time. Computer work often results in back and/or neck problems because of poor posture and very little physical exercise.
  • Factory workers who spend much of their time performing repetitive activities.
  • The elderly who have years of wear and tear on the body which can leave them more susceptible to different spinal problems.
  • Athletes who are constantly striving to improve their performance and who often push their bodies to the limit in order to achieve their goals. Such constant stress on the body can, in time, cause much strain and in later years many neuromusculoskeletal problems can develop.

When should I see a Chiropractor?

Chiropractic care has been known to treat and help almost any condition that is nerve, muscle or joint related. Such neuromusculoskeletal conditions, can range from neck pain, headaches including migraines, whiplash, shoulder pain, arm and elbow pain tingling in arms and hands, all the way to back-pain, hip-pain, leg-pain, sciatica, knee pain and even foot pain. Therefore any condition that is related to any joint in the body can potentially be helped through Chiropractic care

Although most Chiropractors predominantly focus on the spine and how it is functioning, the biomechanics of the upper and lower limbs is also of great importance.

How will the Chiropractor locate my problem?

Your Chiropractic care will start with the taking of a complete health history.  Questions such as what type of pain do you have, where the pain is, how did the pain start and so forth will be asked.  He/she will also ask questions about your past health history, family history, and any other conditions that you might previously have suffered from.
After the case history has been taken, complete physical exam will be performed in order to assess your condition.  It will include analysing your posture, testing your range of motion, testing reflexes and carrying out other neurological and orthopaedic tests.  Together, all these tests will help give your Chiropractor a greater knowledge of what the cause of the problem might be.  X-rays or laboratory tests may be required.  This is not always necessary and your Chiropractor will determine if and when such tests are necessary.

How will the Chiropractor treat my problem?

If your Chiropractor determines that your case can be treated through Chiropractic care, he/she will seek to remove any fixations present. Treatment generally consists of highly specialised manipulative techniques often referred to as adjustments. Such adjustments are performed by hand and consist of a high velocity; low amplitude thrust being applied to a specific vertebra in the spine.

Adjustments are safe and some patients can experience immediate relief as the normal joint motion is restored and the nerve is freed of any restrictive pressure or irritation. However, some patients require a few treatments in order to correct the problem. No two patients are the same, so be patient as your body starts to realign itself and learns to adapt to the changes that are occurring.

Are Chiropractors opposed to medical treatment?

Certainly NOT, Chiropractors recognise that there are many things that can go wrong with the body and frequently either medication or surgery are the only appropriate option. Each Chiropractor is trained to know when they can help and when it is time to refer the patient to another healthcare provider.

What causes the sound of a manipulation/adjustment?

When some adjusting techniques are applied, a popping/cracking sound may be heard. This sound is merely due to the gas and fluid inside the joint shifting around. It’s much like opening a can of coke. However, the sound has nothing to do with the quality of the manipulation/adjustment.

Will my medical aid pay for chiropractic care?

Virtually all medical aids provide reimbursement for Chiropractic care. However, it depends on each person’s payment plan as to the extent to which they are covered. The best option to find out if you are covered to receive Chiropractic care is to contact your medical aid and ask them yourself.

Is Chiropractic care covered by Workman’s Compensation (COIDS)?

Yes, since 1994, Chiropractic care has been covered by Workman’s Compensation (Compensation for Occupational Injury and Disease). Therefore any injury which occurs whilst on duty may be treated by a Chiropractor without referral from another physician. All costs including X-rays, if necessary, will be reimbursed by COIDS.

Second only to the common cold, lower back pain is the most common cause for loss of man hours at work each year. Experience in the USA shows that chiropractic care costs up to 50% less than comparable medical care and requires 50% less sick leave before returning to work.

Are there any risks associated with Chiropractic care?

As with everything in life and every medical intervention; Chiropractic care does have its own set of risks. These can include an aggravation of any inflammatory condition, neuromusculoskeletal sprain/strain, osseous dislocation or fracture and very rarely a vertebral artery syndrome. These potential risks should be considered when making your decision to receive Chiropractic care, however it is important to know that you have greater chance of being struck by lightning (1< 100 000) than suffering from a complication of a spinal manipulation (1>1000 000).