As chiropractic care gains popularity, more and more people are trying to find out more about it. They have a lot of questions they’re seeking answers to. This is especially true of those who have health issues that may be directly addressed by chiropractic—back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. Following is a chiropractic FAQ that may help answer some of your own questions.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
No. Many people are scared that chiropractic procedures might hurt simply because they’re called spinal adjustments. There are also those who think spinal adjustments hurt because of the weird (and scary) noise sometimes heard during the procedure. FYI, what you (or others who may have told you about their experience) heard isn’t the sound of the patient’s bones cracking. Rather, it is the sound of the pressure that has been built up in your joints being released (finally!). It is, in fact, this release in pressure that makes you feel great after chiropractic treatment.
When should I seek chiropractic treatment?
If you experience pain (back pain, neck pain, wrist pain, etc.) that somehow restricts your activities and disrupts your daily routines, then it is definitely time to consult a healthcare professional, and a chiropractor may be the best person to approach. Note that just like any other doctor, chiropractors are professionals who have earned the title “Doctor” through years of study and hard work.
It is also a good idea to seek chiropractic care if you are a senior who wishes to maintain mobility in your old age. Furthermore, you’d want to seek help from a chiropractor if you just figured in an accident, are suffering from a sports-related injury, or if you simply want to make sure your joints and spine are all in tip-top condition.
How many sessions does it take for me to get better?
It depends. Each case is different, so the chiropractor would naturally take a different approach with each patient. If your condition is mild enough and you only wish to get back to your previously healthy condition, then a single treatment session should do the trick. However, if your condition requires preventive maintenance, you might be required to go for one session every couple of months or once each week, depending on the severity of the case.
Note that there are those who may tell you that chiropractic treatment requires 100 to 150 sessions in order for you to experience significant relief. This claim is far from the truth. While there may be cases that require a hundred sessions or more to complete the treatment, the patient will most likely experience significant relief from the disruptive pain within the first few sessions.
There are various techniques used in chiropractic, and different chiropractors specialize in different techniques. It is therefore wise to talk to several healthcare professionals and conduct your own research on the various techniques so you’ll have an idea which technique is best suited to you. It also helps to talk to family, friends, colleagues, and health professionals as regards which chiropractic clinic they recommend.