What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession that focuses on a manual, hands-on approach to the treatment of mechanical disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system. The name ‘Chiropractic’ derives from the Greek word ‘chiropraktikos’ meaning effective treatment by hand. Chiropractic is commonly associated with the treatment of back and neck pain, however chiropractors are also consulted regarding a range of other related conditions.
Will it Hurt?
Chiropractic treatment should not normally hurt however most patients who visit a chiropractor are already suffering from some discomfort or pain. It is very important therefore to inform patients that they may experience some post examination, and/or post treatment soreness.
These symptoms should improve within a day or two, however if anyone has any concerns they should seek advice from their chiropractor to fully investigate.
Can I do anything to help with soreness?
Icing the area that is sore or uncomfortable can help, however the use of ice should be controlled. An ice pack, or ‘bag of peas’, should always be placed inside a thin cover before placing on the skin. Ice should never be placed directly on the skin as it can burn. Ice should only be used for a maximum of 15 – 20 minutes at a time, and it should be used regularly (every few hours). If soreness or discomfort persists, the patient should seek advice from their student clinician or one of the supervising floor tutors.