Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Will the treatment hurt?

Chiropractic adjustments usually do not hurt – there may be some short-lived discomfort, which quickly passes for most patients.

Do Chiropractors use X-rays?

Any decision to take x-rays will be made at the time of consultation. X-rays are used to firstly ensure the patient no harm, ruling out any contradictions to treatment, and to identify if the condition can be treated effectively by chiropractic. All registered chiropractors are highly trained to take and interpret x-rays ensuring safe effective treatment. Both our Aylesbury and Milton Keynes clinics offer:

• Spinal Structural X-rays (when clinically required) 

• Digital Spinal Structural Photo Analysis 

• 3-D Structural Analysis 

• Neurological and Orthopaedic Testing

• Chiropractic Segmental Spinal Analysis

How long will it take to fix my problem?

All current research states that chiropractic is exceptionally effective if the condition is treated within the first 6 weeks of the injury. The longer you leave the problem, the longer it may take to come to a successful resolution. Your chiropractor will advise you on the management of your condition and how to minimise the chances of it reoccurring.

Do I have a Slipped Disc or a Prolapsed Disc?

Discs are the pivotal axis of movement of each vertebrae. They are composed of 70% of ligament (outer layer) and 30% of a jelly like material (inner core). The discs have roots that attach to the vertebrae above and the vertebrae below. Therefore, the discs do not, and cannot slip, they can actually bulge or protrude. The protruding/bulging discs can affect the spinal cord and or the nerves that are positioned behind and to the side of the discs respectively. As a result of the repeated macro/micro traumas we all experience (wear and tear), the structural elements of the vertebrae/joint weaken predisposing the vertebrae to move in an incorrect biomechanical position.

Due to this misaligned vertebrae, the disc will be under a great degree of stress ultimately promoting the disc to protrude and affect the sensitive nerves causing pain. Your chiropractor utilising the Gonstead method specialises in the treatment of these injuries. 

Difference Between Chiropractic and Osteopathy?

Chiropractors are trained differently and also have different techniques. In general terms chiroprators tend to focus on nerve and joint function. Chiropractors are specially trained to take and interpret X-rays which osteopaths are not. Both professions have statutory regulation.

Spinal Surgery: Back surgery is an invasive procedure and should only be considered as the last option. There are cases in which surgery is required and your Chiropractor will be able to recognise, and refer to the appropriate medical specialist.

Is Chiropractic safe for the Pregnant Patient?

Chiropractic is the treatment of the pregnant patient is safe, and special methods are used in order to assure safety and comfort.

Secondary Condition that may result from a Structural Shift in the spine include:

 • Muscle Spasm/Tightness Low Back Pain
• Acute Whiplash-associated Disorders
• Shoulder pain Frozen Shoulder
• Arm Pain Hip osteoarthritis
• Leg Pain Migraine
• Cervicogenic Headache Cervicogenic Dizziness
• Extremity Joint Conditions
• Neck Pain @ Secondary conditions

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