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Chiropractic Care: What to Expect

Chiropractors provide the third largest healthcare group in the world, yet particular in Ireland so little is known and worse a lot of of general assumptions are incorrect founded on misinformation and hearsay. This is detrimental to the treatment and recovery of so many people suffering with back pain, who would benefit from early treatment.

YES- we have some of the highest level neuromusculoskeletal training- 4/5years, regulated by an association (CAI), we can take a read x-ray&mri, safer than taking paracetemol or neurofen, researched & recommended

NO- it doesnt hurt, make people worse, take much time to help or you have to get treated for ever

What to Expect;

Do you suffer from constant pain and discomfort? For most, this is due to an injury. For others, there is no explanation. Pain can easily be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, but relief is short lived. Since pain relievers do have risks, especially with prolonged use, it is important to seek proper medical care. One of your options is chiropractic care.

If you weren’t already aware, chiropractic care is a form of medicine. Some classify it as alternative medicine, as the treatment options are very different. Most notice a difference between the care provided by a chiropractor and a primary care physician. Chiropractors believe in manual therapy. This is a natural therapy with the use of the hands and a promotion of preventative wellness care. Common methods of solving pain problems include manipulation, mobilization and various specialist spinal techniques. For example, neck pain may be treated with a neck adjustment to help correct the alignment.

If you like the sound of chiropractic care, the first step is to schedule an appointment with us. We can be found online with a standard internet search or an online business directory and have over 150 5star patient reviews. There are a few local options but we provide best care with the most affordable price in a friendly personable evidence based setting. Some insurance providers do cover chiropractic care. If covered by insurance, speak to a representative to see if your care qualifies for coverage.

We aim to see most new patients within 24-48hours, so not long after making your appointment, you will arrive for it. As for your first visit, it will be similar to a consultation appointment. Your chiropractor will take a full detailed medical history understanding your complaints and assessing factors that are contributing or aggravating and underlying conditions. From there a full physical examination will be carried out to determine the source of your problems and other compounding physical factors.

Some chiropractors can diagnose a problem by simply looking at or feeling your source of pain. However, additional tests may be needed. These may include an MRI or x-ray. Some chiropractors will begin treatment immediately, usually a few sessions are needed to fully rectify the underlying stresses and damage in the spine. It will depend on the length of your appointment, the type of care needed, and how soon a course of treatment was decided on.

In addition to wondering about chiropractic care visits, many patients are also curious about payment. Not all insurance providers cover chiropractic care. And, not all chiropractors choose to work with insurance providers (we do). If you are uninsured and paying out-of-pocket, this will not be a concern for you. Instead, examine your available payment options. They do vary. We accept accept cash, credit cards, debit cards, and checks, while others only take cash.

Returning back to insurance coverage, do not make any assumptions. Always speak to an insurance provider first. If chiropractic care is covered, determine by how much. Do you need to pay for a percentage of treatment costs.


Chiropractic Care versus Pain Medication

Do you suffer from mild to severe to unbearable pain? Regardless of its cause, you may turn to pain relievers. These are available over-the-counter and by prescription. Did you know they are not your only alternative? In fact, they are one of the worst. A better option is to seek chiropractic care.

As nice as it is to hear that chiropractic care is better than pain pills, you may be wondering why. What proof is there? Continue reading on for a detailed comparison. In the end, you will see why chiropractic care is better.

Fixing the Problem

Pain medication does not fix a problem. Yes, it does provide relief, but only short-term relief. Pain medication only masks the problem. It is still there. As soon as your pain pills wear off, the pain is likely to return. If you suffer from recurring headaches, it may be another day before the next headache returns, but it will.

Chiropractors fix the problem. Yes, they want to treat your pain. They just go about it differently. They don’t want to mask the problem. Instead, they treat it and by going directly to the source. For many, this is the spine and connecting joints. By treating the problem at the source, you will get relief, but that relief should be long-lasting, if not permanent.

Side Effects

Pain relievers are full of side effects. This is particularly true with prescription pain relievers. Takers can experience upset stomachs, drowsiness, nausea, and more. Even the smallest side effects can negatively affect our lives. How can you work if your pain pills make you drowsy? It will be difficult, if not impossible. Pain relief should improve your life, not create a whole new set of problems to deal with.

Chiropractic care is all natural. It involves manual therapy. This is therapy of the hands. Temporary relief is sought with ongoing therapeutic massages. Overtime, they can lead to long-term relief. Another form of long-term relief is chiropractic adjustments or realignments. For example, a patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis can get less pain and improved movement with finger joint adjustments.

Safety

As previously stated, most pain relievers, even over-the-counter pills, have side effects. If it wasn’t bad enough, there are many other additional risks. Certain medications can result in stomach ulcers and bleeding. This is common with continued and prolonged use. Some medications interact with others. Pain medications are risky for children, the elderly, and pregnant or nursing mothers. Still, people use them and doctors prescribe them. That however, does not mean they are safe.

Don’t overide and ride your symptoms and pain with medication…actively addressing the problem is extremely important in the short term for how you feel but more long term to the more lasting damage that may be created to the discs and bones.

Call today on 016444555 or book on http://www.dublincitychiropractic.ie/index.php/patient-area/book-online/


Dublin City Chiropractic Review

Reviews from Around the Web and Chiropractic Education

We are so delighted that some of our past and present patients have been so vocal online sharing their positive experiences about the chiropractic treatment they received in the clinic. It’s really beneficial to spread the message of what we do here and educating people who aren’t aware, have never been exposed or have misconceptions about chiropractic and what we do.

Here a couple of links to some patient reviews;, here and here  and here

 

The importance of the spine cannot be underestimated in its link to health and well being. As chiropractors we are exposed to the power of the body and its natural ability to heal and repair.

We understand that patients who are generally coming into the clinic for the first time are going through a painful inflammatory process and that it can be a scary situation to be in, especially if it’s the first time that it’s happened! That’s why we pay particular attention in explaining to you the current situation, why it’s arisen and what needs to be done to rectify the situation so that you can feel ‘normal’ again.

Using our years of experience and with seeing so many patients with so many different issues, we can take you step by step through the recovery and healing process, as well as giving you an estimated time frame to when you can expect to feel back to your best.

We will also assure all steps are taken to prevent future re-injury, making sure this situation wont present itself again!


August Offer for Existing Patients

Thats right we are giving you two visits for €60 through the month of August! Saving a massive €40!
Has it been a while since you last got your spine thoroughly checked- are you finding that bit of stiffness or soreness returning to your back?….and its not going away!

Also if you have any friends, family or colleagues who you think need some help with their condition, then through until the end of September we will Honor the same deal for them 2 visits for €60 (saving €55)

This is the perfect opportunity to help maintain a healthy back or fix a bad one!

Ring 01644455 or email info@dublincitychiropractic.ie, today to avail of this amazing offer!


In Clinic GP, Sports Medicine & Aesthetic Treatment

We are pleased to announce Dr Natalia Bratu to the team here at Dublin City Chiropractic! Dr Bratu brings a vast knowledge and specialist treatment base to the clinic, offering conventional medical treatment, intervention and referral. Consultations to existing clinic Patients from €40


The Body, Dysfunction & Symptoms

99% of patients attending the clinic for the first time are doing so because they are going through an acutely active inflamed episode of pain. Unless it has been caused by a trauma or serious physical injury then it tends to be an innocuous movement or position. Either way the body is signalling through the negative feeling of pain that there is a serious problem and an inflammatory process in the area-that needs to be protected.
For the innocuous causes of pain flair ups the patient won’t be able to understand how something so simple has caused such a strong reaction as it was a usual movement or position that they are have completed successfully 100s of times before.
Here’s why……….we have to look at the accumulative factors that affect you over time not at that singular one event.
The body is adaptive to the environment that we live and surround ourselves in on a daily basis. Unfortunately with the demands of modern work and living we are becoming more and more sedentary and less physically active.
That is the problem………our backs are becoming excellent at sitting and not moving but then when we call upon it to move and active-it’s unable to do this.
The bodies inability then to complete and carry out what tend to be quite physically easy jobs becomes impeded by the bodies progressive negative changes that effects on it- this negative can take months or even years to reach a level of dysfunction that can now become inflamed and symptomatic.


Chiropractic & Pregnancy

In the last month, I’ve had three patients who gave birth to their first babies – three healthy baby boys. You may be thinking what the hell’s that to do with Chiropractic treatment?!
These three women have been under chiropractic care for years. Before they got pregnant, they initially had treatment for relief from various aches and pains, and since then for regular maintenance check ups to make sure that their bodies are working at 100%, allowing them to stay fit, active, pain free and healthy.

With having such a optimal neuromuscularskeletal system, their bodies respectively were able to handle and adapt well to the extra stress of child bearing, natural birth, and post partum recovery…….with no aches, pains or complications.

Through research in this area between chiropractic and pregnancy the statistics speak for themselves;
1)Those first time mothers, receiving chiropractic treatment whilst pregnant had 24% labour times. Mothers on the second or third pregnancy had a 39% shorter pregnancy. This is in comparison to mothers not receiving chiropractic care.
2) For mothers receiving chiropractic treatment for back pain during the pregnancy, 84% gained relief from their symptoms. (1)(2)(3)

If you’re pregnant and unsure how chiropractic can help you then please contact the clinic where one of our Chiropractors will happily take time to talk and discuss your concerns and issues with you.
Call today on 016444555 or else email info@dublincitychiropractic.ie

References
1) Berg G, Hammer M et al. Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy. Obstetrics and Gynecology. (1988) 71: 701-775.
2) Diakow P, Gladsby T et al. Back Pain During Pregnancy and Labour. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. (1991) Vol 14: 116-118.
3) Fallon J. The Effect of Chiropractic Treatment on Pregnancy and Labour: A Comprehensive Study. Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic. (1991) 24-31.


Inflammation, Pain and Super Foods

Inflammation can be causes by lots of different things including

  • Burns
  • Chemical & Toxins
  • Exposure to pathogens (virus/bacterium/fungus/prion)
  • Physical Trauma
  • Immune reactions
  • Radiation Exposure
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Alcohol

Here are some natural foods which have anti inflammatory properties don’t be reliant on superficial damaging medications look to natural alternatives.

Here are some super foods what will help;

Olive Oil, Almonds, Wild Salmon, Spinach, Brocolli, Ginger, Chili, Jalapeno


Check List for Back & Neck Pain

If you’re suffering with any aches and pain then go through this easy check list to see if you will need treatment to help you get better.

1) Has it been there for over a week?

2) Is it effecting your sleep? or effecting you getting out of bed?

3) Is it getting worse? or stopped getting any better?

4)Is it radiating down your arm/leg or into your head?

5) Has this happened before?

6) Is it effecting your energy or mood?

 

If you answer YES to any of these then you need to ring 01644455 book into avail of our free 5 minute chat with our chiropractors to see if we can help you.

 

 


Fungal Meningitis linked to Steroid Injections

Today 19 new cases of fungal meningitis have been linked to joint steroid injections in the USA, bringing the total to 233.

Corticosteroid injections are used to help moderate to severe cases of inflammation, and is supposed to mimic the natural anti-inflammatory affects cotisone has when released from the adrenal glands.

However as you may have seen or read it has been linked with the spread of fungal meningitis in America. Everyday this week the numbers of patients effected has been going up and up. It so far has been only been reported in the USA.

However even if this is a one off my one pharmaceutical company or a bad batch of steroid injection. There is more side effects of the steroid injection which you may not be aware of.

1) Destruction of Hyaline Cartilage in the Joint, which with long term steroid use damages this important joint protector and can ultimately cause more damage to inflamed joints.

2) Local infection- with introduction of a bacteria on the needle and puncturing the skin

3)Nerve Damage- particularly with spinal joint injections

 

Its vital that you exhaust all natural treatment options before you consider any injections or surgery, to any joint of your body.