Frequently Asked Questions.
Chiropractic is the third largest healthcare profession in the world following medicine and dentistry.
Chiropractors in South Africa complete their studies over 6 years and are trained to diagnose and treat/manage most conditions of the nerves, muscles and joints. The treatment of these conditions by a chiropractor is done manually without the use of drugs or surgery.
Chiropractors are trained to know when to refer you to a specialist and should work with other healthcare professionals in the management of your problem. They are also trained to give you basic ergonomic, lifestyle or dietary advice.
- Spine-related symptoms such as neck pain, back pain and headaches. These are often associated with symptoms into the limbs such as pain, numbness, tingling etc.
- Other joint/muscle pain such as shoulder pain, knee pain etc.
These types of pains are usually caused by nerves, muscles or joints/discs and are commonly treatable by chiropractic care. If not, you may be referred to a different healthcare professional or specialist.
Children/babies, pregnant ladies, athletes and the elderly are all welcome.
Various combinations of therapies are chosen based on both the findings on the history and examination, as well as what you are comfortable with as a patient. These therapies include the following:
Manipulation/mobilisation for joint-related symptoms
Position/movement-related therapies for nerve- and disc-related symptoms
Trigger point therapy/needling for muscle-related pain
Rehabilitative and therapeutic exercises when appropriate
Additional therapies include taping, stretching, heat, use of a percussive therapy device and manual traction.
Initial consultations for new patients (45 min): R720
Follow-up consultations for existing patients (30 min): R580
McGill biomechanical assessment and coaching for chronic lower back pain (3 hours): R3200
This will largely depend on the nature of your complaint, but I do try to keep the number of visits to the minimum. My preference is to equip you with self-care strategies to get you managing the problem efficiently on your own.
That being said, there will be times where people will find benefit in “maintenance” care or instances in which the problem is more complex and requires a more lengthy treatment solution.