Chiropractic:
General Information & FAQ’s

 

About Chiropractic

spineChiropractic was invented in 1895 and has since spread across the globe becoming the third largest healthcare profession in the western world. Traditionally, chiropractor’s focus on finding and treating areas of dysfunction within the spine, using manipulative therapy.

The common theory is that these dysfunctional areas can negatively impact aspects of your health. The verdict is still out on what is causing this altered function, although researchers have some promising theories.

Signs that a vertebral segment is dysfunctional include joint pain, decreased range of joint motion, spasming and sore muscles attaching to the vertebrae, and altered posture.

If left alone these areas can lead to back pain, headaches, neck pain and can even altered nervous system function.

Recent studies have suggested that treating these dysfunctional areas may improve the way we sense our environment, process information in our brain and control muscles in our arms and legs. Since the nervous system controls nearly every function of the human body, the door is open as to how chiropractic may help the body perform. Many of the world’s top athletes already use chiropractic with the goal to improve their performance and be the best at what they do.

There is great variety within the chiropractic profession due to diverse beliefs. Techniques can range from using light touch, soft tissue manipulation, needles, specialised tables, thrust adjustments, handheld tools, supplementation and even thought analysis. There are over 100 techniques in existence.

At Karori Chiropractic, we base our approach, techniques and advice on the latest scientific knowledge and research. Find out more about us here.

FAQ’s

The name of the disorder that chiropractors treat has been given a variety of names. We prefer to call it spinal dysfunction.

Although chiropractors, researchers, and neuroscientists only have theories on what causes of spinal dysfunction, they know the signs to look for. The vertebral segments that are determined to be dysfunctional often have corresponding muscle tightness, tenderness, and altered joint movement and are known to affect the nervous system in certain ways. The symptoms of pain and stiffness are commonly associated with these areas of dysfunction. Chiropractors are trained to detect these abnormalities and help correct the dysfunction through techniques involving spinal manipulation.

Most adjustments are painless. If you’ve suffered a recent injury, have tender muscles or inflammation around the affected area, you may feel some discomfort when adjusted. We try to avoid this outcome as much as possible and will not adjust an area if we believe it will cause too much discomfort.

Synovial fluid is the lubricating substance between your joints. When the joints are separated it creates a small gas filled cavity within the fluid which can suddenly collapses, causing the cracking sound and allowing the joint to further separate. Studies are yet to discover any detrimental side effects. One doctor even cracked the knuckles of his left hand every day for over 60 years while not performing the same in his right hand. No arthritis or any other ailments formed in either hand.

Read our blog How Does Chiropractic Work? for a more detailed description of what is going on.

There are two overarching goals when performing chiropractic: Make the patient feel better and do it safe manner.

With that in mind we have decided to not provide treatment to the following individuals:

  • Patients 75 years and over.
  • Children under 8 years old.
  • Mums in their 3rd trimester of pregnancy (7 months onwards).

For these people, our preferred method of manual adjusting may become less effective, unsafe, and less appropriate due to weaker/smaller bones and ligaments, and other changes going on within their bodies.

Please call us for a chat if you would like to come in but fall into one of these categories. We sometimes make exceptions and can offer advice on alternative treatment options.

Pregnant mothers in the 1st and 2nd trimesters are welcome to make a booking. Karori Chiropractic’s treatment table is specially designed to assist in the treatment of pregnant women. The chiropractor has experience in treating pregnant patients and will take extra care to ensure your comfort and safety.

A New Zealand Government study determined chiropractic is “remarkably safe,” due to chiropractic’s conservative healthcare approach, avoiding drugs and invasive procedures. However, no health treatment option is completely free of adverse effects.

Estimates of the small risks involved:

  • 1 in 62,000 likelihood of injury to the ligaments or disc in the lumbar spine.
  • 1 in 139,000 likelihood of injury to the ligaments or disc in the cervical spine.
  • 1 in 5,850,000 likelihood of stroke associated with neck adjustments.

Additional statistics to put this in perspective:

  • 1 in 12,000 likelihood of being struck by lightning in the US in one lifetime.
  • 1 in 125,000 likelihood of being killed by lightning in the US in one lifetime.
  • 1 in 3,800,000 likelihood of winning New Zealand’s first division lotto.

No, anybody is able to walk into our clinic to receive care without prior referral.

In most cases they are not required. Taking x-rays may help the chiropractor determine the cause of your issues and whether chiropractic treatment will be safe. Chiropractors are trained in Radiology and x-ray analysis so if you have previous x-ray films or reports please bring them along, they may be useful.

In New Zealand, chiropractors undertake a minimum of 5 years study to acquire a Bachelor of Chiropractic.

The first year is equivalent to Health Science First Year, the same course that medical doctors, physiotherapists and dentists require. However this recently changed to a Diploma of Applied Science. The remaining 4 years are undertaken at Auckland’s NZ College of Chiropractic.

Students receive a comprehensive education in anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, pathology, radiography and a variety of adjusting techniques, in addition to a two year internship. All chiropractors must keep their knowledge up to date by completing the Continued Professional Development requirements.

Yes, we are registered ACC providers. We can submit ACC claims for relevant, recent injuries. Reduced fees are available, see our prices for more information.

Possibly, depending on your insurance cover. Check with your insurance provider for further details.

This is your decision. Karori Chiropractic prefers to assess your situation at each individual visit.

Some conditions can resolve quickly while others may take time or be re-occurring. You may prefer to come regularly with a preventative goal in mind, much like how people go to the gym or the dentist frequently, to maintain their health.

Yes. Our chiropractors are trained on a variety of spinal injuries and surgeries and treatment will only be utilised following an in-depth analysis of the affected area to determine if treatment is safe.