Q1. What is Chiropractic and what is the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?
Chiropractors correct the alignment of the spine through gentle and specific joint manipulations called adjustments to improve spinal flexibility, improve nerve function and reduce pain.

Physiotherapists help rehabilitate the body through therapeutic hands on manual therapy, physiotherapeutic modalities and exercise.

Q2. Will the treatment hurt? Will I feel better after a treatment? Is chiropractic care safe?
Generally speaking Chiropractors tend to have very high patient satisfaction rates. Occasionally some patients may experience some adverse reactions to their treatment, but these symptoms usually dissipate within a few days.
Chiropractors malpractice and liability insurance premiums are much lower than for physicians and surgeons, which means that Chiropractic is considered very safe.

Q3. Who can benefit from Chiropractic?
Almost everybody. Although Chiropractic patients are usually in the 40-65 year old age group, more and more children and geriatrics are getting the benefits from Chiropractic care as well.

With today’s unhealthy lifestyle and a generation that spends most of their day using a PC or cell phone, sitting at an office or stuck in traffic and playing little sport or doing little exercise – neck pain, back pain, muscle stiffness and poor posture are on the increase.

Q4. How does Chiropractic work?
This is a good question. The beneficial effects of manipulation are well documented. Manipulative therapy improves mobility and reduces muscle spasm and pain, mostly due to effects of the high velocity, low amplitude thrust that is delivered during the “adjustment”. This impulse blocks pain pathways to the brain, which leads to a reflex reduction of muscle spasm and pain.

Q5. What is an Adjustment?
It’s a high velocity, low amplitude thrust delivered in a particular line of drive, to a joint that has been determined to have restricted movement.

Q6. How do I know I need Chiropractic care?
If you are suffering with any persistent neuromusculoskeletal symptoms, you should see a Chiropractor for advice. The most common people to seek Chiropractors are those suffering with aches, pains and discomfort to their spine and joints. Other symptoms often experienced by people that would benefit from Chiropractic care include: tingling, numbness, weakness, joint swelling and headaches.
Q7. What should I expect during the consultation?
Any initial visit to a primary contact practitioner should involve a detailed history taking, general physical examination and a more detailed physical examination of the area of complaint. As a result of this you may or may not be required to go for some form of imaging (Xray or MRI examination) or even be referred for specific tests (blood or urine tests). This will help your physician establish a diagnosis and treatment plan for your condition, which will be carefully explained to you during your report of findings.

Q8. How many treatments will I need?
The treatment plan will vary according to the specific condition and it’s severity. Most mild conditions should resolve within 6-8 weeks, usually requiring weekly visits (1-3 times per week). More chronic or severe conditions will take longer. Some conditions require prolonged treatment or even maintenance care.

Q9. What if my problem is not chiropractic?
The fact is that a symptom like back pain can be caused by a number of conditions. Pancreas and Kidney disease for example, can also cause back pain. When a Chiropractor establishes that your problem is not coming from the neuromusculoskeletal system, they should refer you to the appropriate specialist immediately.
Q10. Can I have Chiropractic care after back or neck surgery?
Yes, Chiropractors often see post surgical patients for adjustments and rehabilitation. Obviously safe techniques are used to help this type of post surgical patient. Manipulative techniques are not applied to surgically fused segments.

Q11. Can I have Chiropractic care while pregnant?
Yes. There are many safe and gentle techniques that Chiropractors use to help their pregnant patients with back or neck pain.

Q12. Will my insurance pay for Chiropractic care?
This depends on what type of policy you have. Most international insurances do cover Chiropractic care. In Malaysia some insurances are starting to cover Chiropractic but ultimately the amount of cover you have depends on your policy.