What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.

There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.

(According to the World Federation of Chiropractic)

Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions can be treated by a chiropractor?

The following conditions can be treated by a Chiropractor:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Leg pain (Sciatica)
  • Headaches
  • Sporting injuries
  • Joint pain
  • Everyone can be treated, from babies to the elderly.

Is Chiropractic truly safe?

Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care. The American Chiropractic Association stated:

“The rare type of stroke – the vertebral artery dissection – has been associated with many common place activities such as talking on the phone, swimming, star-gazeing, overhead work, hair shampooing and even sleeping. Based upon various studies, many experts believe that it is impossible to cause a tear in the vertebral artery unless the artery has a significant pre-existing weakness. The odds of suffering a serious complication from chiropractic neck treatment are about one in 2 million – the same as dying in a commercial airline crash. Even the most conservative conventional medical treatment for neck and back pain, prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, is hundreds of times more likely to cause a serious reaction.”

Are Chiropractors opposed to medical treatment?

Certainly NOT, Chiropractors recognize that there are many things that can go wrong with the body and frequently either medication or surgery are the only appropriate option. Each Chiropractor is trained to know when they can help and when it is time to refer the patient to another health care provider.

What cause the sound of an adjustment?

When some adjusting techniques are applied, a popping/cracking sound may be heard. This sound is merely due to gas and fluid inside the joint shifting around. It’s much like opening a can of coke. However the sound has nothing to do with the quality of the adjustment.

Dr Gert Ferreira