Yes indeed, chiropractic can be used for all ages from babies to the elderly.
The chiropractor should examine you and take a good history and explain fully what your problems are and how he or she can help. Usually a treatment plan is presented and you should be given exercises and tips to help yourself. This treatment plan should be reviewed regularly. As a member of The Chiropractic Association (Singapore), our clinic would do this at least every 12 visits, although in reality we do this much more frequently. Our promise to you is the more compliant you are by doing exercises and following advice the quicker you recover!
- Uncomplicated (no disc or neurological involvement) back or neck pain of short duration: 4 – 8 visits/ 4 – 8 weeks
- Uncomplicated (no disc or neurological involvement) back or neck pain of chronic duration: 8 -16 visits/ 8 -16 weeks
- Disc lesion of short duration: 8 – 16 visits / 8 – 16 weeks
- Chronic disc lesion, spinal stenosis, nerve entrapments: 12 – 20 visits / 12 – 20 week
Although a minority of people do experience some discomfort after chiropractic adjustment, applying icepacks after treatment will ease the pain. As part of our approach we apply electrotherapy and ultrasound to avoid the post adjustment soreness.
Results vary from person to person, but generally after a course of treatment lasting up to 3 weeks of treatment provided that you follow all instructions for home and selfcare.
During delivery often times the baby can be in compromising positions and the neck can become twisted and go out to place, causing a stiff neck. Babies with colic that are reluctant to feed on both breasts equally or are unable to turn their heads to one side are excellent candidates for chiropractic treatment.
By adjusting the spine the nerves that connect to the ear and particularly the Eustachian tube of the middle ear – the supporting muscles are better able to relax and dilate so that fluid that accumulation can drain more effectively. Dietary advice and testing may help to eliminate foods that cause fluid accumulation and aggravate the problems.
Studies have shown that patients receiving chiropractic treatment rely less on inhalers than those not receiving such treatment. Adjustments also increase the a-p diameter of the chest by increasing the mobility of the rib cage and thoracic vertebrae.
I heard that Chiropractic treatments are really good during pregnancy and helps with labour, is this true?
Yes it is true. By focusing on the pelvic adjustments in the weeks just prior to delivery it is possible for the patient to have increased pelvic outlet for easier natural delivery to proceed. Together with you body’s production of the hormone relaxin – that promotes loosening of ligaments and tendons, it is possible to facilitate the passage of the baby through the birth canal. Prescribed exercises also help with easing this passage for natural deliveries. Evidence from clinical practice shows that mum’s undergoing treatment were able to have natural deliveries.