Who should see a Chiropractor?
Anyone with a spine and nervous system should be checked by a Chiropractor! We see everyone from newborn infants to the elderly.
What type of education do Chiropractors have?
All our Chiropractors have completed at least 6 years of full time tertiary education and are registered with the Allied Health Professionals Council as well as the Chiropractic Association of South Africa
Do I need to see a medical Doctor before I see a Chiropractor?
No. Chiropractors are primary health care providers and a referral is not required.
Does Medical Aid recognize Chiropractic?
Yes the vast majority of medical aids cover Chiropractic treatment. The patient will be required to make payment on the day of the consultation and an invoice will be made out which can be sent to the medical aid for reimbursement.
What does the research say?
The practice of Chiropractic is based on sound scientific principles. The most recent study, called the BEAM trial, recently published in the British Medical Journal (Nov 19, 2004: 1-8), found that Chiropractic treatment produces superior results in terms of SAFETY, EFFECTIVENESS, COST EFFECTIVENESS and PATIENT SATISFACTION. Through Chiropractic care, patients are shown to take fewer days sick leave, spend less time incapacitated, use less medication for pain relief, have less chance of needing back surgery and have less chance of the problem becoming a chronic condition.
Does Chiropractic treat any other problems other than back pain?
The Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) is an effective source of preventative and wellness care. The anatomical focus of the DC on the human spine has created the perception of the DC as just a “back doctor”. Although this perception is not entirely incorrect it is very much incomplete. Doctors of Chiropractic are a highly appropriate resource in matters of work-place safety, sports injuries, stress management, postural correction and nutritional counselling.
Can a person who had back surgery see a Chiropractor?
Yes. Unfortunately many people who have spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or even years later. Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgery. In fact, if Chiropractic care is initially utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
Is it ok to see a Chiropractor when Im pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nervous system. Pregnant mothers find that Chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for the mother and baby. Adjustive techniques are always adapted to the patient size, age, weight and health condition.
Are there risks involved in Chiropractic treatment?
As with any medical intervention Chiropractic does have a set of risks. Fortunately these risks are very rare. Complications from genuine Chiropractic manipulation of the neck are, at worst, 1 in 500000 or 0.0002% this is significantly lower than the risk of serious side effects from ant-inflammatory drugs or even being hit in your home by a crashing plane!
I have heard that once I start Chiropractic care, Ill has to continue with it for the rest of my life. Is this true?
Before we answer that question ask yourself how many times have you visited the dentist? Like most people you’ve probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply to maintain your oral hygiene and prevent your teeth from decaying. Once Chiropractic eliminates your pain and rehabilitates the injured tissues we may recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Like your dentist and like many other of the medical experts are now recognising, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimising new injuries in the future. Maintaining a healthy spine will also enhance your overall health and well-being. The choice is always yours and your Chiropractor will support you whatever you decide.