Below are some questions that commonly get asked about chiropractic in general, as well as what to expect from an appointment.
1. What does a chiropractor do?
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.
A good chiropractor should also 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.
2. When should I visit a chiropractor?
- 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.
3. How many treatments will I need?
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.
4. What treatment methods do you use?
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
Dry needling for muscle-related pain
Rehabilitative and therapeutic exercises when appropriate
Additional therapies include manual muscle therapy, taping, stretching, heat, use of a percussive therapy device and manual traction.
If you would like more information on my approach to care, you can find that here.
5. How long are the consultations?
I take 45-60 minutes to complete an initial consultation, and 20-30 minutes for a follow-up consultation. This time is usually reduced for infants.
Please arrive around 10 minutes prior to your appointment time in order to fill in the necessary forms and ensure that this is not taking up precious consultation time. If you would prefer to print and complete the forms at home you are welcome to! These can be accessed here.
6. How much do you charge and do you take Medical Aid?
Details regarding fees and medical aid can be accessed here.
If you have any further questions or concerns about an appointment with me, please feel free to contact me!