Frequently Asked Questions
A lot of people do not fully know what chiropractic treatment is and how it can help them gain better health. That is why we have compiled this collection of frequently asked questions for your benefit.
If you have a question that is not present here, or do not fully understand our answers, then please feel free to contact us for further assistance. We are always keen help you gain better health.
- What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health.
To achieve this emphasis is placed on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft tissue manipulation.
- What should I expect during the consultation?
On your first visit, you will first be asked to fill out an intake form with your personal details (name, address, etc.) and few questions about your problem.
You will then enter the consulting room where the chiropractor will take a history of your problem(s). The chiropractor may also ask about past health problems or illnesses. Even though this past history might seem irrelevant, it is important as it may alter the type of treatment provided.
It is only at this stage, and with your full approval, that the chiropractor will perform any required treatment.
- How many treatments will I need?
Normally, a minimum of 3 appointments are recommended, however this is entirely dependent on your individual case and how well you respond to the treatment.
Other factors to consider are the nature of your problem, what caused it, how long you have had it, your age, lifestyle and stress levels. Your medical history and initial examination also helps to establish this number.
- Will the treatment hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is usually painless unless an area is inflamed (in which case the treatment will be modified to reduce any possible pain).
While your joints are being adjusted, you may hear a “click”, which is nothing to worry about. The sound is being generated from a gas bubble being released from the joint.
Chiropractic adjustments are gentle yet effective. As an example, when you allow the vertebrae in your spine to return to their proper position, you will notice much less stress and tension affecting the painful area.
- Will I feel better after a treatment?
Normally you should feel more energetic after a treatment, although you might experience some reaction to the treatment, which may include increased discomfort or stiffness for a day or so. We will normally try to explain any side-effects to you, although these are generally minimal.
- Is chiropractic care safe?
Yes. A New Zealand government survey found that chiropractic adjustments are very safe and boast a remarkably safe track record. Statistics also suggest that chiropractic adjustments are 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. It is one of the safest types of health care in the world.
- What if my problem is not chiropractic?
If the history and initial examination suggest your problem is not a chiropractic case, then the chiropractor will make recommendations or the necessary referral to get you the appropriate care.
The chiropractor may also suggest a combined treatment with chiropractic and some other health practitioner.
- Who can benefit from Chiropractic?
Almost everyone. Many people have conditions which result from a less than perfectly functioning spine and nervous system. Chiropractic deals with the elimination of these which includes treatment for back, arm, or leg pain, as well as headaches, trapped nerves and sports injuries.
- How does Chiropractic work?
A number of adjustment techniques are used on the spine and other joints of the body to restore normal joint movement and relieve pain. These adjustments promote optimal function of the spine and spinal nerves restoring health.
- What is an Adjustment?
An adjustment generally involves a quick thrust to a joint in a specific direction to restore proper movement. Most methods are done through the use of hands, a hand-held instrument or a device on our table. There are various ways to adjust the spine and the technique used will be specific to each patient (these include very gentle procedures for elderly people and children).
- How do I know I need Chiropractic care?
Pain is the most common reason why someone seeks chiropractic care. However, if a condition is caught early the treatments required are greatly reduced, and the pain may be avoided. Conditions such as twinges, stiffness, pins and needles, headaches and poor posture can indicate a possible problem within the spine.
A great way to prevent small problems becoming bigger and more serious, is to have your spine checked on a regular basis every year.
- Can I have Chiropractic care after back or neck surgery?
In general, yes. It is fairly common to find problems above or below the affected area after surgery. To aid with these problems, the chiropractor will alter the treatment to ensure no stress is placed on a vulnerable part of your spine. With the rest of the spine functioning optimally due to treatment, less stress will be put on the vulnerable segments.
- Can I have Chiropractic care while pregnant?
Yes, many pregnant women benefit from chiropractic care. Since your body changes rapidly, altering your centre of gravity and your walk, which in turn stresses your spine and other joints. With chiropractic care these areas can be balanced, decreasing your levels of discomfort.
- How is Chiropractic care structured?
You can generally say Chiropractic care is split into three parts, which are:
Initial Intensive Care
Initial relief of your symptoms, such as muscle inflammation, muscle spasm or irritation of pain fibres in joints, muscles and tendons. Chiropractic adjustments help to reduce all of these, making you feel better. Treatments are often more frequent during this phase to help get you out of pain quicker and start the healing process. The chiropractor will often give you a set of ‘dos and don’ts’ to assist in making you as comfortable as possible.
The healing process which is bringing your body towards optimal health. Once the body has cleared what was causing the symptoms (inflammation, muscle spasm etc.) it can then focus on correcting what lead to the symptomatic state in the first place, i.e. neurologic and biomechanical dysfunction. The chiropractor will continue to give chiropractic adjustments to help bring your body to its best possible function. Treatment frequency will usually decrease, but this phase may take some time. Much like going to the gym, your body does not strengthen and stabilize overnight. As your body begins to function better, you will be given exercise to promote flexibility, strength and stabilization of you body in the proper functional state.
Maintaining optimal function, through continued chiropractic care, which can help detect the build up of daily stress and correct it before it leads to further problems. The frequency of these ‘tune-ups’ are entirely dependent upon the individual patients needs and requirements.
- Will my insurance pay for Chiropractic care?
Currently in Malaysia most insurance companies does not cover chiropractic care.
However, most expats are covered by their companies.
- What questions are missing?
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