What is Chiropractic Adjustment?
Are you suffering from lower back pain or other pain ailments? When should you see a chiropractor? What chiropractic adjustment can treat and what it cannot treat
Here's everything you need to know about chiropractic adjustment.
Dr. Jenny Li, Chiropractor & Founder
Hi, my name is Dr. Jenny Li. I am a fully qualified Doctor of Chiropractic, and I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in the United States. I have practised in Hong Kong and at an established local chiropractic brand for six years before founding Re:Chiro (used to known as Singapore Pain Solutions) to deliver effective chiropractic treatments in Singapore.
Over the years, I realised that many people have misconceptions about what chiropractic can or cannot do. On top of that, some self-proclaimed chiropractors are tainting the industry with poor practices such as hard-sell sales tactics and making bizarre claims about chiropractic treatments.
I created this guide for patients to better understand and appreciate chiropractic. Having the right information to make an informed decision is critical especially when we are talking about issues relating to your health.
Do feel free to drop us a message on our Facebook page or send us an email if you have any further doubts.
What is Chiropractic?
According to the definition by World Health Organisation (WHO):
Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation, with a particular focus on the subluxation.
Spinal manipulation dates back to Hippocrates and the ancient Greek physicians, the discovery of chiropractic is attributed to D.D. Palmer in 1895, with the first school for the training of chiropractors commencing in the United States of America in Davenport, Iowa in 1897.
What can chiropractic treat?
Any chiropractor who claims that chiropractic can treat ailments outside of this list is likely to be one whom you shouldn't trust.
What can't chiropractic treat?
These are just some examples of conditions that chiropractic cannot help.
How are chiropractors qualified?
Chiropractors go through a rigorous education of at least five years, and the syllabus is certified by an independent international body – the Council of Chiropractic Education.
Are there risks involved in chiropractic treatment?
There are risks involved in any healthcare business. Botched procedures in hospitals happen on a daily basis, but they largely go unreported.
Medical Research Shows That Chiropractic Helps
Effect of Chiropractic on Patients with lower back pain (National University of Health Sciences)
In a study conducted by National University of Health Sciences, 112 patients with lower back pain were randomly assigned to receive either chiropractic adjustments, side-posture positioning or two control treatments.
Consider chiropractic first before resorting to surgery (American Medical Association)
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has suggested that patients should seek chiropractic and other conservative back-pain treatment before considering more invasive measures. In the article, it was noted that:
Chiropractic + Medical Care = Better Pain Relief (Medical Journal: Spine)
In a study from the journal Spine, 91 military personnel with lower back pain were tested for the effects of combining chiropractic with standard medical care.
Chiropractic Adjustment @ Re:Chiro
- Our chiropractor will have a chat with you to understand a few things: health history, existing health conditions, drugs, trauma accidents, surgery, family history illness. It’ll be good if you can bring any accompanying documents to show us. Do bring along any special diagnosis images (x-ray, MRI, etc) that were taken within 6-8 months.
- Next, we’ll do chiropractic and orthopaedic examinations, which means we will be looking at your back and legs to identify potential issues.
- After that, we will decide whether or not you need to go for an X-ray before administering any treatment.
- Finally, you’ll receive your first chiropractic adjustment if you need one.
We’re not the cheapest nor the most expensive. Each session can be as low as $45. Click here to look at our rates.
While it will save you money, we advise that you come in for a consultation first. After our consultation, we will advise if you should sign up for a package. Give us a try first. We want you to be fully confident in us before signing on the dotted line.
It is our policy not to do any form of hard-selling to our patients.
If any of our staff, try to hard sell to you our services, please get in touch with me directly.
We work closely with medical partners to offer you solutions in the event there is a need to escalate your case.
Chiropractic adjustments typically involve manipulating the joints. Sometimes, massages and stretching are administered on the soft tissues if needed. Some other techniques include heat or ice application, prescription of rehabilitative exercises and electrical stimulation.
Frequently Asked Questions
We go through at least five years of doctoral education in chiropractic institutions accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education to be qualified chiropractic practitioners. Just like any other professions, there are unqualified people operating a chiropractic business. That is why it is important for you to know how to identify a credible chiropractor.
There is some overlap between these two forms of treatment, but to put it simply, chiropractic deals with the spine and joints, while physiotherapy deals with soft tissues like joints and muscles.
Despite the similarities, a patient can benefit from a combination of both treatments. When it comes to chronic pain management, research has shown that a combination of chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments produce faster and longer lasting results.
Chiropractic is not a life-transforming miracle pill that works on the first try with 100% chance of recovery.
Chiropractic simply facilitates the healing of the body. Healing takes time and requires patience. Every 10-12 visits, we will assess your recovery progress with objective tests.
If you have undergone numerous chiropractic adjustments and still see little results, we will refer you to our healthcare partners for alternative treatments
If by definition of real doctors you mean MD or GP, or OBGYN, you are right, we are definitely not MDs or GPs. Chiropractors don’t prescribe drugs or surgery in our practice. Does it mean we are totally against drug and surgery?
Absolutely not, drugs and surgery have their own place in the medical system. It is up to the right qualified professionals to decide the usage of drugs and surgery. For those seeking pain management thru drugs and surgery instead of focusing on the core problem, then chiropractic is definitely not the right choice for you.
Chiropractors are offering a less invasive method to deal with your pain management and as well as healthy, normal life style. Proper chiropractic training must be obtained usually with 4 years of additional education after graduating from college or university.
Chiropractic as a profession is also registered with the WHO (World Health Organisation) and recognized in many countries.
TCM focuses on the flow of Qi (energy) through the body. It is believed that any blockage of Qi will result in sickness, pain and discomfort. TCM utilises herbal supplement, cupping, tui na, massage and the occasional bone setting to “unblock” the Qi.
Chiropractic is the clinical application of our knowledge of biomechanics and neurology in the human body. We utilise diagnostic tools such as X-rays and MRIs to determine the function of joints and muscle.
Chiropractors focus on finding the root of the problem which causes ache, pain, numbness, and weakness in the muscles. Chiropractors also prescribe home rehabilitation exercises to help you recover faster.
Depending on the severity of your treatment, we will advise you to come more regularly at the start. Once we see significant improvements, we will suggest spacing out the treatments for maintenance.
Of course! Chiropractic is mostly about solving back issues. Your back pain is likely a result of spinal misalignment, or in some cases, rotation in your hip or feet. Come in for a consultation with us. We’ll see if we can help.
Usually, after the first session, you may feel some improvements. But it may take weeks or even months to see significant improvements. It depends on how severe your condition is, how well your body is reacting to the treatment, and most importantly, how regularly you are coming in for treatment. The more consistent you are, the better the results.
As long as you come for treatment regularly, your progress will not be affected. Even if you can’t make it regularly, you should still make time for treatment whenever you can. It’s better than not doing anything about it.
If money is a concern, then there are options available to help. In Singapore, many private health insurance companies are offering more coverage and options for chiropractic treatment. They are affordable and comprehensive.
Not many people know this but as patients, you can find out if your insurance company provides options to cover the health care cost. Send us an email and we will help you to find the solutions.
During the first consultation, the chiropractor will decide whether or not to recommend x-ray. IF x-ray is needed, the service will be conducted by our authorized partner and it will range anywhere from $35-$250 depend on the region of spine.
It will be beneficial to bring along any existing X Rays as long they are taken within 6 to 8 months. And any special diagnosis images within 6-8 months are fine.