What is Chiropractic Care?
The word chiropractic comes from the Greek words cheir (hands) and praxis (practice) meaning a therapy delivered by your hands. Chiropractic is a therapy that ultimately treats the health of the spine.
Chiropractic is manipulation of the spine, if the spine is aligned properly, then this in turn will enable a healthy system and allow the body to stay well.
Your First Chiropractic Appointment
At your first appointment we assess and evaluate your condition to determine how we can help you. When you arrive, we ask you to fill in a form that gives us information about your history and previous conditions, so we understand a little about your overall wellbeing.
During this first appointment we will make recommendations about X-rays, examination treatments or we will refer you to another doctor where needed.
Chiropractic adjustment involves slight movements which create a ripple effect on the spine and nervous system. When the spine re-aligns itself, it will support the nervous system to function better, thereby releasing tension and allowing the body to self-correct.
It may take a few adjustments to feel better and this depends on how long you have had your condition.
After Your First Chiropractic Adjustment
The most common effect after the first few adjustments is a feeling of fatigue in the muscles. This sensation is a result of the muscles working in new positions and can be compared with muscle tiredness experienced after heavy exercise. It is more annoying than painful and should only last a day or two.
You may also feel a little off balance which might be a result of adjusting your leg length. If you have been walking with one leg effectively 2cms shorter than the other due to muscle tightness, and this has been alleviated, then this will feel a little odd for a few days as your body gets used to the balance.
Walking after an adjustment will help you feel better, giving your spine an opportunity to move and flex and settle into its new position. We advise avoiding all larger or heavy movements after an adjustment including pushing a shopping trolley, cleaning or gym workouts.