FAQ

What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is safe, gentle and extremely effective health-care system. The nervous system is known as the “master control system”, it controls everything that happens in your body. Interference to the nervous system caused by misalignments of the spine (known as vertebral subluxations) significantly limits the body of its ability to function at 100%. Realigning the spine allows the body to function free from interference

How do I know whether I need to see a Chiropractor?
Just like we go to the dentist for regular check-ups, everyone should get his/her spine checked. Less than 10% of your nervous system perceives pain, the other 90% is responsible for allowing your body function properly; it is possible to have nerve interference and feel perfectly healthy. How you feel is a poor judge of your health. By the time symptoms appear, many spinal problems are advanced. Chiropractic focuses on correcting the underlying cause of the problem (vertebral subluxations).

What is a vertebral subluxation?
A vertebral subluxation is when the spine shifts out of it’s nice healthy position, placing damaging stress on the nerves, the spinal cord, the discs and the vertebrae, causing dysfunction, and in some cases pain. Left uncorrected, it can lead to degeneration (wear and tear) of the spine and a lifetime of poor health. This is because if there is pressure on the nerves the body cannot function and heal at optimal levels.

What causes a vertebral subluxation?
A physical stress such as a fall, injury, sudden jar, trauma can cause the spine to shift out of its nice healthy position. Other causes include improper sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards, repetitive strain via computer use or TV watching, incorrect lifting practices, obesity, lack of rest and exercise, and stress. Even emotional factors such as stressful relationships or workplaces, and chemical factors such as poor diet or exposure to toxins (such as cigarettes or alcohol) are frequent causes of subluxation. The birth process itself, for both the mum and baby is also common cause of subluxation. Subluxation can occur to any one of any age – this is why it is important to have your entire family checked at King Country Chiropractic.

What are some warning signs of Subluxations?
Symptoms such as headaches, back pain, neck pain and stiffness, pain in your shoulders, arms or legs, numbness in your hands or feet, are the some common signs of subluxations. But like a tooth cavity, most people have a subluxation long before symptoms become apparent..

How is a subluxation corrected?
Chiropractor’s help to restore the spine to its nice healthy position through gentle adjustments, so the nervous system can function and heal at its full potential. We may also prescribe specific exercises to be completed at home to help you get the maximum benefit from your adjustments, and minimize the effects of repetitive activities on the spine and nervous system

Does the adjustment hurt?
An adjustment is a gentle force introduced into the spine intended to return a vertebral segment to its normal motion and/or position there by reducing the vertebral subluxation. Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless, and many patients report relief after their adjustments. In cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation, which usually goes away within 24 hours.

Can’t I do it myself?
No. Your chiropractor has their own chiropractor for regular tune-ups. Each adjustment is specific and localized. Your spine should not be ‘cracked’ by any one that has not had the proper training as you can end up doing long-term damage.

Once I go don’t I have to keep going back forever?
No. As with any other health service the choice of how long you choose to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you. However, we find that once patients understand the relationship between their spine, nervous system and overall health many choose to have regular chiropractic check ups, in the same way they get their teeth checked or their car serviced.

Should my baby or child have their spine checked?
Absolutely. At King Country Chiropractic we check many babies and children to ensure that their spines are growing healthy, straight and strong. Our practice members range from just days old, to those in their nineties. Regardless of age, the vertebrae can become misaligned, and this can disturb the delicate spinal cord and nerves, which control the youngster’s muscles and organs.