Q: Do I need to see a Chiropractor?
Yes! If you suffers from neck pain, headache or lower back pain, or been injured at work or involved in a car accident and are having trouble dealing with pain after taking pain medication for a while and the pain is just not improving much? Are you constantly feeling stiffness in the body and nothing can be done about it? If you answered yes for these questions, then your should visit a Chiropractor!
Q: What will happen during the first consultation?
On your first visit, your Chiropractor will review your health history, to find out information about your current and past medical history, or any events in your past that could contribute to your current health problem. then it will be followed by a thorough neurological, orthopaedic and Chiropractic examination. If necessary you will be asked to take x-rays of the affected area for further investigation.
Q: Do I need to see my GP before seeing a Chiropractor?
No, Chiropractors are primary healthcare providers, which means that a referral from a general practitioner (GP) is not necessary. Having said that, certain insurance policies may require a GP's referral for coverage and you are encouraged to check with your insurance provider beforehand.
Q: Do I need to take X-rays before treatment?
It varies from one case to another. Your Chiropractor will decide whether you need x-rays during the first consultation. If you have recent x-rays, bring them along to your initial visit as these may be beneficial to your Chiropractor in getting a clear understanding of your case.
Q: Is Chiropractic treatment safe? Does it hurt?
It is extremely safe for individual of all ages- from infants to geriatric population. Our treatments are safe because of our natural and non-invasive approach methods of care. Reseach shows that Chiropractic care is among the safest forms of treatment available with few side effects and complications than traditional medical care.
The treatment itself are not painful, however patient may experience some discomfort, soreness or stiffness temporarily after treatment, these symptoms are normally minor and usually resolve on its own after 24-48 days
Q: Are there any scientific evidence regards Chiropractic treatments?
A significant amount of the health-related scientific literature that is available today has been funded by pharmaceutical companies that manufacture drugs. Because Chiropractic is a drug-free treatment approach, the same volume of reseach has not been done in the field. Despite this, scientific research has shown that Chiropractic is particularly effective for treating lower back pain, neck pain and headaches.
Q: Is Chiropractic a legitimate healthcare profession in Hong Kong?
Yes, Hong Kong is the first and only region in Asia that has established statutory legislation of the Chiropractic progession. The other regulated healthcare professions are medicine, dentistry and traditional Chinese medicine. Hong Kong Chiropractors' Council is the regulatory body of practicing Chiropractors in Hong Kong and its committees ensure that public's interests are served.
Q: Do Chiropractor prescribe medicine or perform surgical procedures?
Chiropractors do not prescribe medications or perform surgical procedures. Own approach of care is focus on the nature way of drug-free, non invasive procedure airmed at restoring proper joint function as a way of relieving pain and promoting optimal health. But however if your condition requires medication or surgery, your Chiropractor will discuss ways in which how our treatment care facilitate in the healing process and aid in your recovery, or refer you to other medical profession for further care.
Q: What is vertebral subluxation? How does it affect me?
A subluxation is a term used by Chiropractors to describe the loss of proper joint function in the spine due to a reduction in its normal motion or alignment. Subluxations care affect the musculoskeletal and nervous system, Commonly causing symptoms of pain, numbness and fatigue which can affect your quality of life.
Q: What is a Chiropractic adjustment? What is the "pop" sound?
Chiropractic adjustment (high-velocity, low-amplitude force directed to specific joints) is a skills used by Chiropractors to correct misalignment (subluxation) of the spine, it requires the integration of anatomincal knowledge, biomechanical understanding and a high degree of skills. The popping sound that commonly follows an adjustment is caused by gas that has been released from joint capsule by the temporary opening of the joint space.
Q: How long does it take for me to get better?
Treatment length and frequency varies from person to person, the longer you had the problem usually the longer it will take, due to the fact that the surrounding structure may already been predisposed to significant wear and tear. Newer injuries, if treated approprately and promply, tend to respnd quickly and less chance of reoccuring if it is handled properly.
The best way to determine how long your treatement will take is to schedule for a consultation. It is not recommened to "wait for symptoms to go away" approach, it may work for some cases but it is important to address the underlying issues that are causing yout current symptoms.
Q: Do I need to keep coming back for treatments?
You may have heard that once you visit a Chiropractor you have to keep going back forever. To address this, think about going for a dental appointment. How often do you visit a dentist? how often do you get a checkup? Like dental care, Chiropractic care has 2 goals, First goal is to eliminate pain and rehabilitate injured soft tissues. The second goal is the ultimate way of prevention of further injury, maintenance and to promote wellness. Once the pain is resolved to the minimum, we recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal adjustments to address the daily stresses that will inevitably affect our spine. Like other medical experts are recongnizing, prevention is key to maintaining existing health and boosting our own body's ability to cope with daily stresses in life.
So simply put, the answer to this question is yes, the goal is to have periodic wellness care once the symptoms are subsided, but ultimately, the decision is yours on how far Chiropractic care will take you.