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Mt Eden Chiropractic FAQs

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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural approach to health and well-being. It is based on the knowledge that all your bodily functions are ultimately controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down your spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue of your body. Signals are also sent back to the brain in order to ‘sense’ if your body is working correctly. You digest food, heal wounds, fight infections and breathe without having to think about these essential functions.

The nervous system is the communication network which regulates and coordinates the functions of your entire body.

What is a Subluxation?

A vertebral subluxation is the improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine (vertebrae) which interfere with the nerve messages between the brain and the body. The delicate nerves exiting the spine can be irritated, stretched and sometimes compressed or pinched. Even with this nerve irritation most subluxations exist without obvious pain or discomfort. Subluxations affect your muscle balance and the function of your organs to produce important chemicals and hormones.

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a very specific force given to your spine to help your body correct a subluxation. There are many ways to “adjust” the spine. Some methods use the doctor’s hands, an instrument, a special table or the force of gravity.

Are adjustments safe?

Adjustments are “remarkably safe” according to the New Zealand Government’s landmark “Commission of Inquiry into Chiropractic”. In fact, Chiropractic care is safer than having back surgery, driving your car or taking an aspirin.

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What are the benefits of receiving chiropractic care?

The results from chiropractic are different for every person. Many people notice benefits such as:

  • Greater energy and vitality
  • Greater flexibility, strength and muscle coordination
  • Improved posture
  • Greater emotional well being
  • Decreased muscle tension
    • Better concentration
    • Improved sleep
    • Higher productivity and performance
    • Greater ability to cope with stress
    • Reduced spinal degeneration or ‘wear & tear

How do I know if I have a Subluxation?

Most subluxations produce no pain or symptoms at all. The best way to know if you have one is to get your spine checked by a Chiropractor. Postural imbalances such as one ear or shoulder higher than the other can be indicative of a subluxation.

What causes Subluxations?

Subluxations are caused by stresses (or forces) that your body cannot adapt to.

Physical stress — such as injuries, falls, the birth process, lifting children, school bags, car accidents, sports, prolonged abnormal postures or even subtle repetitive movements.

Chemical stress — alcohol, toxins, additives and chemicals in food, tobacco smoke, medication, coffee, and other pollutants in our environment.

Emotional stress — family conflict, arguments, personal traumas, work pressure, life or career changes, grief etc.

Who can receive chiropractic care?

Anyone with a spine! You are never too young or too old. Pregnant mothers, patients with osteoporosis, that have cancer or had back surgery can benefit from chiropractic care. The technique selected will be best suited to your age, size & condition. As spinal damage can occur at birth, children should be checked for subluxations.

Pediatric adjustments are safe and very gentle. Depending on their age and size, their adjustments often require no more pressure than you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.

How many adjustments will I need?

The number of visits varies with each patient and his or her individual health goals. Often frequent visits are recommended initially for maximum benefit. The focus of this primary phase of care is to stabilize and improve the function of your spine and nervous system as quickly as possible. As your spine stabilizes, visits become less often.

A range of tests are performed at your initial consultation. Your chiropractor uses the results of these tests, your health history, your age and any x-ray findings to help determine the level of care required for you to get the best results.

How long until I feel better?

Many factors can affect the healing process. Age, degree of damage to the spine, quality & quantity of rest & exercise, and nutrition are just some of the factors. Some notice changes almost immediately. Others discover it can take many weeks, months or even years, especially in chronic cases. Progress examinations are held at regular intervals to make sure that you are on track.

Many patients choose chiropractic as part of a healthy lifestyle and continue to have regular chiropractic checks, thus maintaining the health of their spine and nervous system. For some a “check-up” is once a week for others once a month.

How can I minimise Subluxations in my body?

There are a number of ways to minimise the severity of subluxations in your body and reduce the likelihood of them occurring. Some avoidable causes of subluxations include poor posture, a soft unsupportive bed, incorrect pillow height, a badly set up work station, high heels, dehydration, poor lifting techniques etc. Ask your chiropractor for tips on these. Exercising, stretching, good nutrition, plenty of rest, positive thoughts, reducing stress are other ways to minimise subluxations.

Unfortunately some forces or stresses the body is unable to avoid, hence why we we recommend regular checkups even when you are not in pain.

Why x-ray?

“To see is to know…not to see is to guess”.

X-rays provide a blueprint of the condition and alignment of your spine, detailing the amount of damage and how long it has been present.

This can make your adjustments more precise. It can also help rule out other conditions which may require help from other health care professionals. Furthermore it can make your adjustments more precise. The amount of radiation received is minimal as we use many techniques that reduce your x-ray exposure.

How much will it cost?

This depends on the amount of damage in your spine and the frequency of care necessary. Several fee options are also available to make chiropractic care more affordable for families.

Is my chiropractor qualified?

Your chiropractor has trained for a minimum of 5 years, studying subjects such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, neurology, and radiology. All are members of the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association and attend regular seminars to continue their professional education.

More questions? We’d love to chat so call our Mt Eden Chiropractic office today.


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