Frequently asked questions
Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe?
Yes, Chiropractic care is the gentle manipulation of your joints to help your spine and nervous system function at its optimum. When delivered by a qualified and registered practitioner, there is nothing to worry about. Even the Irish Health Service website lists Chiropractic as a safe and effective treatment for lower back pain.
How many treatments will I need?
Every complaint is different. When visiting our clinic, our practitioners will always do a full examination, take a complete case history and communicate with you about your issue prior to receiving any treatment. The severity of your complaint will dictate the amount of treatment you will require. We always advise our patients to have realistic expectations when looking for results.
Do I need to be in pain to visit a Chiropractor?
No. Chiropractors were the leaders in the, "Wellness Movement", and most Chiropractors have a huge patient base of people who use Chiropractic Treatment as a way to be healthy, stay healthy and improve overall wellbeing and wellness.
Is Chiropractic Care expensive?
Visiting a Chiropractor can be an expensive commitment, however, at Chiropractix we do things a little differently as our aim is to get you better above all. We will work with any patient who is serious about getting the results they need, to ensure that the treatment plan they are advised is manageable and affordable for their lifestyle.
Will treatment be sore?
Receiving Chiropractic Adjustments is for the most part painless. Most research show 5% of patients may have a slight flare off of the complaint after receiveing treatment, however this dissipates within 24 hours, with the majority of patients noticing a vast improvement. We always advise all of our patients to contact the clinic if they are experiencing any post treatment issues, and one of practitioners will speak to them directly and put their mind at ease.
Can I still exercise when receiving treatment?
In the majority of cases, resuming normal daily life and activity is advised, however, if a certain activity is causing aggrevation of your complaint, your practitioner will advise you accordingly.
What is the popping / cracking sound?
When getting a Chiropractic Adjustment, it is normal to hear a, "popping or cracking," sound. Infact this sound is most associated with Chiropractic Treatment and is where the term, "getting my back cracked," comes from. The sound when a chiropractic adjustment is performed, is the, "popping," of gas bubbles built up within the fluid of a joint and is called an, "Audible Release." This isn't always heard or felt when getting a Chiropractic Adjustment, however, that does not mean the action has been performed incorrectly or the release didnt' occur.
What do Chiropractors Study?
Registered Chiropractors study similar subjects as all other Healthcare and Medical Professionals. Chiropractors have the added ability and qualification to take and read X-Rays, and Spinal MRI scan's, as a large portion of their course is Radiology and Radiography. Some of our Chiropractors have studied in University, full-time for up to 7 years, putting their study time in-line with Dentists and General Practitioners (GP's). All of the practitioners at our clinics have a minimum of a 4 year, full-time University degree and study subjects such as: Anatomy, Neurology, Pathology, Orthopaedics, Radiology & Radiography, Neuroanatomy aswell as spending a considerable amount of their course, learning the very percise skills of manual treatment (Chiropractic Adjusting) and all soft tissue treatments such as Active Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Dry Needling.
What is an Adjustment (Manipulation / Mobilisation)
Chiropractors Adjust. As the founders of manually moving your joints into proper alignment, this is what Chiropractors do at the core of their profession. In recent years there has been a noticeable increase in other Healthcare Providers such as Physios, Physical Therapists, and even GP's starting to perform complex and difficult Manipulation / Mobilisation techniques, and in most instances they have completed a very short add-on course to their original qualification (A 6 month Masters qualification or shorter). We would always recommend that if you are having your body adjusted (Manipulated / Mobilised) that you are always safer in the hands of a Registered Chiropractor, who not only has studied these techniques in detail at the core of their qualification (Daily for a minimum of 4 years), but also spends the majority of thier professional career performing them.
Should I use hot or cold when I am sore?
We advise that when someone is experiencing pain, that they initially use a cold pack on the area of pain for between 5 to 15 minutes as this reduces inflammation. Heat can have soothing and comforting feelings, however, it can often aggravate the already inflammed area. It is always best to have your complaint assessed before using any form of hot or cold treatment.