The term “chiropractic” is derived from the Greek word “chiropraktikos”, meaning “done by hand”.
The World Health Organization defines chiropractic as a health care profession concerned with
the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and
the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care emphasizes the conservative
management of the neuromusculoskeletal system, without the use of medicines and surgery. (World Health Organization (WHO) definition, Guidelines on Chiropractic (2005)).
Simply put, chiropractic care is the conservative management of disorders of the
neuromusculoskeletal system through treatments that require the use of the hands known as
“adjustments”. Treatments also include ergonomic and postural assessments, nutritional, dietary
and lifestyle counselling, cold or heat therapy, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises.
Can I perform chiropractic treatment on myself?
No. While it is possible to turn, bend or twist your body in certain directions to create a “popping” sound, this type of self joint manipulation is usually counterproductive. This type of self joint movement can cause an already unstable or degenerated joint to be more unstable and worsen the condition. Treating the spine is not for amateurs!
Can a person who has had back surgery see a Chiropractor?
Yes. Spinal surgery may not always be effective in helping back conditions in the longterm.
This is termed as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome”. Chiropractic can often help to avoid
repeated back surgery. Surgery may have even been avoided if chiropractic care was sought
initially prior to the surgery. A study published in the journal Spine on low back pain has shown
that compared to those who sought care from medical doctors, chiropractic patients were more
likely to be satisfied with their care, and less likely to seek care from another provider for that
same episode of pain (Carey TS, Evans AT, Hadler NM, Lieberman G, Kalsbeek WD, Jackman
AM, Fryer JG, McNutt RA.; 1996; Spine).
Is there a difference between physiotherapy and chiropractic?
Yes. Chiropractic is a primary health care profession and is the third largest doctoral level health care profession after medicine and dentistry (Meeker, Haldeman; 2002; Annals of Internal Medicine). Doctors of Chiropractic specialise in the holistic diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions that result from problems with joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves of the body and in particular the spine. Chiropractic treatment include manual manipulation with the hands also known as adjustments, ergonomic and postural assessments, nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling, cold or heat therapy, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. The type of treatment used will largely depend on the condition, the severity of the condition and the likely outcomes.
Physiotherapy on the other hand is one of the allied health professions whose focus is on the recovery of functions. This is done through treatments based on ultrasound, strengthening, taping, massaging, stretching and specific exercises to the presented symptomatic area of the body. Physiotherapy has been found to be an integral part of the hospital health care systems in postoperative and general rehabilitation.
Do babies and children need chiropractic care?
Yes. Many parents bring their children and babies in for a checkup. Chiropractic care is a safe method of maintaining spinal health. Many parents start chiropractic care for their children in their infancy as the birthing process can be quite traumatic on a baby’s spine. Naturally, the chiropractic treatment is modified to a baby’s spine.
Many parents also seek chiropractic care for their children for conditions such as poor posture, scoliosis, flat feet, sleep disorders, sports injuries, headaches, poor concentration. Kissun Chiropractic can provide a comprehensive postural, spine and joints assessment to help in the early detection and prevention of health issues that may emerge later in adulthood.
Is it ok to see a Chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Yes. Chiropractic care is safe for the pregnant mother and her baby. Many pregnant women find that chiropractic care helps to improve their pregnancy by keeping the spine, joints and nervous system functioning optimally. They also find that it can help to make the delivery process easier for themselves and the baby.
A lot of the time, the protruding abdomen and increased back curve, pelvic changes and postural adaptations are the cause of the aches and pain for pregnant women. Chiropractic treatment can provide relief from the increased lowback pain brought on by pregnancy. Chiropractic care can be especially appealing to those who are trying to avoid medication in treating their aches and pain. The chiropractic treatment is modified and adapted to the mother’s’ size, age and stage of pregnancy. Kissun Chiropractic can also offer posture, exercise, nutrition, and ergonomic advice to help the mum-to-be enjoy a healthy pregnancy.
Can the elderly receive chiropractic treatment?
Yes. Chiropractic care is important for the elderly because of spinal degeneration such as arthritis/ osteoarthritis/ spondylosis as you age. As you age, spinal discs, ligaments, muscle and other spinal tissues become weaker and less able to withstand normal stresses. As a result, spinal pain from spinal degeneration becomes prominent, tissue injury from relatively benign events occurs, and the time to heal from injuries increases.
Are chiropractic treatments painful?
No. At most, patients may occasionally experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some form of exercise), which usually dissipates in a day or two. Chiropractic is therefore suitable for just about anyone, the elderly, pregnant women, children and babies included.
How many treatment sessions would one require?
Our Doctors are committed to helping our patients achieve long term relief and reach their optimal health potential through providing customised chiropractic care specific to their needs. If more than a treatment session is required, a customised treatment plan will be advised.
Do I need to buy a package to begin treatment?
No. At Kissun Chiropractic we do not hard sell anything! While we have various cost effective treatment packages available, it is entirely the discretion of the patient to either pay per treatment session or purchase a package, some of which can be shared within the family.
Is there any special attire I should wear during treatments?
No. As we are open during lunch hour and after office hours, most of our patients visit us wearing their usual office attire. Patients are treated in their clothing and do not need to gown down.