Frequently Asked Questions
Got a question? We have the answers.
Although every patient is unique and their treatment programme compilated in a thought-out and individualised programme, what is common amongst most patients is the questions around Chiropractic – what it is, how it works, and can it help. These are the most Frequently Asked Questions asked in our practice.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is an alternative and complementary form of treatment to many of today’s common health issues. It is a natural, drug and surgery-free method of unlocking, achieving and maintaining your well-being. This is achieved by means of gentle chiropractic techniques using our hands-on joints in your body that are under stress, in pain or not moving well.
What conditions can a Chiropractor treat?
Some of the most common conditions we see in our clinic are:
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder, arm and elbow pain
- Upper back pain
- Lower back pain
- Hip pain
- Knee, ankle and foot pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) (e.g.: Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow)
- Referred pain down the legs and arms
- Pins and needles in the hands and feet
- Sports injuries
- Muscle spasms
- Fibromyalgia (management of symptoms)
- Pregnancy aches and pains
Do I need a referral to come and see a Chiropractor?
Anyone is free to make an appointment to seek Chiropractic care without the need for referral by another medical professional.
Is a Chiropractic adjustment safe?
If delivered by a person who is specially trained and qualified to deliver a Chiropractic adjustment to a specific joint level, then it is extremely safe. A lot of mainstream research has been conducted around this topic to show its safety.
With any medical treatment and procedure, there can be some adverse reactions. This can include, temporary soreness, stiffness and tenderness which normally disappears within 24 – 48 hours. With the restoration of movement to a joint in the proper way, the body will be able to move better and will be able to heal itself of the localised inflammation.
A clinical review of 250 published articles in 2017, examined both serious and benign unfavourable events linked to Chiropractic treatment. The outcome of the researchers’ evaluation showed that 1 in every 2 million spinal adjustments had any serious side effects.
Which treatment techniques are used in your clinic?
Depending on the type of condition you present with and the care programme you have chosen, our techniques are carefully chosen to reach our goals to offer you relief. The primary technique we use is gentle chiropractic adjustments. It may also include when needed:
- Joint Mobilisation
- Dry Needling of Muscular Trigger Points
- Ischaemic Compression of Trigger Points
- Muscular Stretch and Release Techniques
- Ultrasound Therapy
- Interferential Current Therapy
- Equipment assisted Soft Tissue Therapy
How does Chiropractic work?
Let’s set the scene and have a very quick look at the spine.
The spine is made up of boney blocks called vertebra which stack on top of each other like a Lego tower. Between these vertebral levels, there are nerves coming out of either side and, as a network of highways, these nerves travel throughout your body. The purpose of this ‘highway of nerves’ is actually to allow your brain to communicate with the rest of your body and give it instructions. These bits of information stemming from the brain, are sent down to the spinal cord (housed in your vertebral column) and ultimately to your nerves networking around your body.
Your brain controls every aspect of your living. It controls your breathing, your hormonal levels, digestion, movement, repair, growth, immunity and much more.
If your body is not moving correctly, your spine doesn’t move correctly. When your spine doesn’t move correctly, it puts a lot of pressure on the nerves in your body and stops the brain from sending its vital messages out.
When there is pressure on these nerves, your body starts to breakdown a lot of functional processes because it isn’t getting accurate/complete messages. This shows up in many ways and some of these are in the form of pain, headaches, digestive issues, difficulty dealing with stress, slow or difficult movement, decreased mental alertness and many other physical symptoms.
Our main goal as Chiropractors is to take the pressure off the nervous system and allow the brain to communicate freely with the body using gentle Chiropractic techniques at specific joint levels. All body systems can then work at peak performance, movement is easier, and pain is decreased because the body is not in a constant stress mode.
What are some of the benefits of Chiropractic treatment?
- Better joint movement
- Joint pain management
- Improved posture
- Slowing down of joint degeneration
- Increased energy and better sleep
- Enhancing your body’s ability to repair and heal
- Better brain function
- Improved stress management
Are Chiropractors real doctors? What training do they get in South Africa?
After going through vigorous acceptance criteria, interviews and aptitude tests, if successful, students can be accepted into a Chiropractic study programme. These training programmes are offered in only 2 places in South Africa, these being The University of Johannesburg and The Durban Institute of Technology.
Students are put through a 6-year undergraduate Masters’ degree programme wherein they have to be found both competent and pass every subject of the programme. Subjects include human anatomy and full-body dissection, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, diagnostics, biomechanics, psychology studies, orthopaedic and neurology studies, pathology, x-ray and other imaging studies and many more.
In their fifth and sixth years, students study advanced neurology, orthopaedic and diagnostic procedures. They are also required to work in the clinic, treating patients to fulfil a certain number of patient requirements, complete a Master’s dissertation and then finally complete an internship programme. Most students take anywhere from 6 to 8 years to complete this. Upon completion, students qualify with a Master’s Degree in Chiropractic and may begin working.
Get in touch
We service the greater part of Northern and Western Johannesburg; areas include Randpark Ridge, Northcliff, Fairlands, Cresta, Weltevreden Park, Honeydew, North Riding, Sundowner, Eagle Canyon, Little Falls and Radiokop to name but a few.
Anacare Wellness Centre
226 Dale Lace Avenue
(entrance in Rooihout Ave)
Randpark Ridge, Randburg
Republic of South Africa
Mon-Thu 08:00 to 17:00
Fridays: 08:00 to 14:00
Practice: 011 794 3214
Mobile: 079 083 3820