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Frequently asked questions
Find the answers to common questions about Chiropractic Care.

Common Questions

Below you will find answers to some common questions about Chiropractic.

What causes that "Popping" Sound?

Some chiropractic adjusting techniques cause an audible noise that people refer to as the pop or crack. It is not a cracking or popping of bones. Chiropractors adjust vertebra of the spine. This sound is actually created by the change of pressure within the joint resulting in gas bubbles being released- it's exactly the same as when you "crack" your knuckles. It is not painful.

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Who should see a chiropractor?

Anyone and everyone! Chiropractic care is not limited to anyone. It's important for new-borns, infants/toddlers, mum, dad, brothers, sisters, elderly, athletes, pregnant women, injured workers, labourers, anyone working with computers, professionals, people from any occupation and walk of life. Birth can be traumatic for both the baby and mother.

Pregnancy creates physical changes to the body. Slips and falls of a child learning to walk can change their posture for life. Elderly people endure age related postural changes. Athletes experience injury, stress and strain of their activity. People at work do repetitive tasks all day, every day creating repetitive strain, which alters their body's and posture. These are just some of the many people who need to see a chiropractor.

Anyone can be subjected to stresses to their body and spine via their work, their play or their general life; So everyone should be checked.

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I hear chiropractic is a constant process. Do you ever stop care?

I'd like to say yes, though Chiropractic Health Connexion Windsor believes in making chiropractic a lifestyle choice. Just the same as exercise and proper nutrition, Chiropractic care should be used to prevent future problems involving the spine and nervous system. Periodic checks make this a reality, just as a visit to the dentist or optometrist.

So why would you stop? Something to consider, though it’s always your choice.

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What if I go just once?

Then we applaud you! At least you have taken the measures to inquire about an entity that could be so important in your life. Visit Chiropractic Health Connexion Windsor, even just once and we will answer any question you have regarding chiropractic and your health.

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How do I know if I need to see a Chiropractor?

Like a dental cavity, a misalignment of the spinal joints (subluxation) can be silent. The process can be occurring long before symptoms are displayed. However, sometimes the signs and symptoms are all too clear that a problem is evident. This is why periodic check-ups are so very important. Prevention is the key to avoiding future problems. Getting to a problem before symptoms take place is a much better alternative. It's a good idea to have a spinal check-up.

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What about not going?

Well, if your body has stresses placed upon it, it will continue to adapt in many ways. This can eventually create undue stress on the spinal nerves impairing optimal function of your nervous system and related areas. If not eliminated these problems may continue to stress the body and deprive you of adequate health. However, waiting until you have symptoms can take longer to relieve the symptoms and correct the problem.

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Do Chiropractors Ever Use Drugs in Patient Care?

No drugs or medications are never used, or prescribed, in Chiropractic Care.

Chiropractic recognizes the possible benefits from drugs, though most drugs only temporarily block pain which merely masks or distorts symptoms. Covering up symptoms, in turn, is misleading and may keep you from getting the proper treatments needed to correct the underlying cause of your pain. Turning off a fire alarm doesn't put out the fire!

Chiropractic searches for, finds, and corrects causes. Your Chiropractor understands that only nature heals and will use only natural means to restore health.

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Do Chiropractors Examine and X-Ray?

Yes, Chiropractors, as part of their University training are taught to examine, assess, take a comprehensive history of your medical health as well as take and read x-rays (we are also trained to read other diagnostic studies, such as MRI and CT scans).

X-rays provide vital information to help determine a diagnosis though they are not required in every case.

Your examination will consist of the following:

  • Orthopaedic - To find joints and bones involved
  • Neurological - To find nerve pressures or irritations
  • Physical - To determine general health vitality
  • Kinesiological - To find abnormal muscles holding bones and joints without proper movement which can produce nerve pressures and irritation
  • Spinal - To find specific misalignment or subluxations of spinal bones(vertebrae)
  • Radiological - To evaluate X-rays for spinal wear and assess the biomechanics/ structural stresses of your spine.

The results of the total examination identify the cause(s) of your condition(s) and allow your Chiropractor to determine the appropriate treatment necessary to obtain the fastest relief and the most permanent correction possible.

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How Permanent are the Results?

Chiropractic locates and corrects the nerve interference causing many health problems. When the correction is completed and the nervous system is restored to normal function, the body will heal itself: that's the chiropractic premise. However, you must recognize the possibility that a repetition of the same or similar habits, occupational hazards, falls, accidents, or other traumas can cause a recurrence of the condition.

Chiropractic care is a true partnership of patient and Chiropractor- we both have responsibilities. Your conscientious compliance with your doctor's recommendations, especially between adjustments, and your follow-through with maintenance care and periodic spinal examinations after your initial, concentrated, intensive care is completed, will contribute greatly to the permanence of the correction and your future good health.

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What happens during a treatment?

During your first visit, the chiropractor will want to know about your health history as well as your current complaint. Your home and work life as well as your level of physical activity may also affect your health, so don't be surprised to be asked questions about these.

Although chiropractors use their hands for most treatments, they also use other methods such as specialized adjusting instruments, personalised exercise programs, muscle-testing and balancing. Your chiropractor can also give you information and guidance on how you can stay healthy through proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.

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What kind of education and training do chiropractors have?

Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners (someone who provides both, the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as their continuing care) wth an emphasis on nervous and musculoskeletal system diagnosis and treatment.

Chiropractors are trained to identify non chiropractic problems and to refer to the appropriate health professionals.

Chiropractic education includes biological, health sciences, neurology, human anatomy and radiology, along with specialised training in Chiropractic Science, Philosophy and extensive clinical training.

Becoming a Chiropractor requires a minimum of 5 years of University education. Including no less than 4500 hours of classroom and clinical instruction at an approved institution.

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Is Chiropractic Regulated in the UK?

Yes, Chiropractic in the UK is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC link )

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What results can I expect from treatment?

That depends on your condition. The length of time you have had the problem, your age and your general health all affect how long it takes to get results and the length of your treatment. Your chiropractor will tell you the extent of treatment recommended, and how long you can expect it to last.
One of the main reasons people choose chiropractic is that they often get quick results. Individual cases may vary and chronic conditions obviously need more treatments, but studies done by various governments show,  that people with low back pain get back to work much faster with chiropractic care.

You might also consider the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments even when you feel healthy. Sometimes you won't know you have a disorder of the neuromusculoskeletal system until it becomes acute and painful. So, just as you see your dentist to have your teeth checked, regular visits to your chiropractor can catch related health conditions early, often preventing them from developing into major problems. Remember, your spine is every bit as susceptible to wear as your teeth and your eyes, but it controls so many things within your body!

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What does a Chiropractic treatment involve?

Chiropractic treatment (adjustments) utilizes the highly refined skills developed during five intensive years of chiropractic education. It involves safe, specific force, to the joints of the spine or elsewhere in the body that are ‘fixated’ (not moving properly) or out of alignment in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint functioning.

The adjustment is usually performed by hand, though your Chiropractor can use a number of instruments (activator or chiropractic couch) to do the adjustment or assist it. The Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

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Are Chiropractic Adjustments safe?

Chiropractic adjustments are a drug-free, non-invasive approach to common musculoskeletal conditions such as headache, neck and back pain. As such, it is a low risk therapy. Complications arising from adjustment are rare. Any concerns which may affect your particular condition will be discussed with you thoroughly.

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Is Chiropractic Scientific?

Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in science. Few other health care interventions have been assessed as extensively as chiropractic adjustments, both in terms of safety and effectiveness. There have been at least six formal government inquiries (Canada, U.S.A., New Zealand) into chiropractic worldwide over the last 25 years and all have concluded that contemporary chiropractic care is safe, effective, cost-effective and have recommended public funding for chiropractic services.

In addition, there have been countless scientific clinical studies assessing the appropriateness, effectiveness, and/or cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulation or chiropractic manipulation, most notably for low back pain. Chiropractic treatment has been proven to be effective and safe. (Reference) In May 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on the early management of low back pain within the NHS (CG88) recommended, as one option, a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and massage.

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Do chiropractors treat children?

Chiropractic treatment is based on the basic biological and physiological sciences which apply equally to children as they do to the adults. Chiropractic treatment is as beneficial to children as it is to adults, and children should be seen by chiropractors when appropriate and in a preventive way.

The scientific literature is now demonstrating that low back pain is a very prevalent condition amongst school children. For example a 1992 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that the prevalence of low back pain (LBP) in adolescents up to age 15 is over 36 percent, and thus concluding that LBP in adolescents is a serious public health problem.

As well, children can benefit by periodic spinal examinations where the chiropractor will look for clues to possible postural weaknesses that may predispose children to later problems related to their spine and skeleton. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

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Is every patient's treatment the same?

The treatment a patient receives is related to the specific condition diagnosed by the Chiropractor, and will vary from person to person depending on each person's unique situation. Like GP's, Chiropractors follow generally accepted protocols and guidelines and are held to a high standard of care.

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Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an GP?

No. A patient does not have to be referred by a GP or specialist to see a Chiropractor, this means that you can consult us directly. Though in the UK, some Private Health insurance Companies require a GP referral. If you have private medical insurance please check with your provider.

Chiropractic Health Connexion Windsor is covered by all Health Insurance Providers including AXA PPP and BUPA.

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Is neck adjustment safe?

No health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects and, on rare occasions, manual neck adjustment has been associated with stroke and stroke-like symptoms. A Canadian study, published in 2001, concluded that stroke symptoms associated with neck adjustments are so rare that it is difficult to quantify.

Similarly, a medical review published in 2002 looked at 73 studies of chiropractic care and found no serious complications reported in any of them. By way of comparison, neck adjustment is significantly safer than other common treatments for headache, neck and back pain. Our duty of care is to recommend and use the safest and most appropriate methods.

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Why would neck adjustment have an effect on anything other than neck pain?

Pain or discomfort in one area of the body may be linked functionally to discomfort arising from another area. Consequently, addressing dysfunction in one part of the body may relieve symptoms in another part. If you look at a model of the spine, you can see that the spine is one continuous structure. Adjustment at various points along the structure may be needed to help reduce biomechanical stresses on other parts of the spine and to relieve discomfort when it is clinically necessary.

The spine is also the protective channel that surrounds the spinal cord and tensions on the "dura mater", a membrane that covers the spinal cord, can create torsion and strain on the nerves resulting in pain.

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