FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is a chiropractic adjustment?
2. What is that crack sound?
3. Is the treatment for a child the same as for an adult?
4. How do I become a patient?
5. How does chiropractic improve sports performance?
6. What happens at my first appointment?
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
The Chiropractic adjustment is a recognised and effective form of manipulative therapy. It is a specific and controlled pressure applied to a joint to restore lost motion and is not painful. Adjustments provide a means for drug free relief of symptoms and are used where necessary to treat the cause of a symptom. Based on your diagnosis, your practitioner will determine if you require a stretching or strengthening programme to help you to achieve maximal results from your body.
What is that crack sound?
The “crack” sound is the sound of gas being release from a joint. Fluid is present in most of our joints and its job is to create lubrication to aid movement. When a joint is not moving an adjustment can be applied to restore motion. When the joint is moved, the joint capsule is stretched and the fluid within the capsule is turned to gas which forms bubbles and a “crack” like sound is heard.
Is the treatment for a child the same as for an adult?
No. When a baby is checked extremely gentle pressure (no more than pushing on an eyeball) is applied to joints until optimal movement is restored. Some babies even sleep through the whole treatment.
How do I become a patient?
Most patients come via referral from their general practitioner or specialist, though it is not mandatory. Appointments can be made via telephone on 02 9908 8699, and our receptionists will guide you through the process. If you phone outside of consultation hours (see clinic hours of operation), then please leave a message with your name and telephone number and our staff will contact you as soon as they return.
How does chiropractic improve sports performance?
To get the best out of your body it requires the best training, nutrition, mental preparation and movement. Sports training can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker and joints move less. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. When muscles and joints can move without restriction in a full range of motion, power, speed and agility is maximised.