What can a Chiro help you with:
- Neck pain and stiffness,
- Upper and lower back pain,
- Pinched nerves,
- Slipped discs,
- Pain, numbness or burning down the arms or legs,
- Pregnancy related back pain,
- Hip/pelvis misalignment,
- Postural correction
- We do also treat babies and children.
How many sessions will I need
This is a question asked by majority of patients and simply: it is dependent on the condition that you present with.
The initial session will be there to establish what the disorder is and if it is a chiropractic case or if referral is required. I will then discuss with the patient what sort of treatment plan will be followed. Most treatment plans are three sessions after initial consult and then a subjective as well as objective reassessment of the patient’s condition and pain. This will determine if the treatment is having an effect on the condition or if the patient needs to seek other treatment that the chiropractor will be able to advise on and refer.
Chiropractors have an extensive knowledge in diagnostics but remain doctors of chiropractic and should use their professional knowledge when determining if a patient needs to be referred on to a specialist in another field of expertise.
What happens during a visit to a chiropractor?
The first visit usually lasts about an hour.
In this session we take a complete health history, including information on past injuries and illnesses, current conditions and medications, lifestyle, diet, sleep habits, exercise, mental stresses, and use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco. During a physical exam, we evaluate your spine and joints and may perform diagnostic tests, such as blood pressure, x-rays, MRIs, and other tests to make a diagnosis. Treatment usually starts on the first visit unless the chiropractor decides that special investigations into the condition need to be carried out before treatment. Patients are typically asked to lie on a specially designed table, where the chiropractor does the spinal manipulations. The most common is manual manipulation, where the chiropractor moves a joint to the end of its range, then applies a low force thrust. The chiropractor may also use other treatments, including massage and heat and ice therapies. You should not feel any pain from the manipulation. Some people have minor aches, stiffness, and tiredness for a few days after the manipulation while their body adjusts to the new alignment.
The Follow up treatment
The follow-up treatment will be approximately 20-30 minutes long and will begin with a discussion on your response to the treatment plan. All the basic paper work would have been done on your first visit.
This will once again be followed by the appropriate treatment specific to you as an individual and your condition, we are all designed differently and live our lives and experiences very differently. Therefore no two patients respond the same way and no two patients are treated in the same way after all we are not robots.
A number of follow-up consultations may be required to achieve the required recovery goals including a reduction in pain and inflammation, improvement in functionality and quality of life however this will be dependent on the nature of your condition and your response to the treatment plan.
Current rates for chiropractic consultation for 2019 are as follows
- First consultation R640.
- Follow ups R580.
Children under the age of 14:
- First consultation R580.
- Follow ups R530.
Please note that this is a cash based practice and you will be require to pay via cash, or card. American express and Diners are also accepted along with Visa and MasterCard credit or debit cards.
Our rates are based on Discovery Medical Scheme healthcare provider rates. And you just need to submit your invoice into your medical aid for reimbursement.
Chiropractic Diversified Technique
This technique is the most commonly used chiropractic technique. Not only is it the most common amongst chiropractors it is also what majority of patients are familiar with. The diversified adjustment is able to be used on most of the human body’s joints in order to treat numerous different syndromes. The technique entails a high velocity, low amplitude thrust that results in joint cavitation. This basically means a quick shallow thrust that causes a “clicking” noise associated with the chiropractic adjustment. The objective in the chiropractic diversified technique is to restore proper movement and alignment of the spine and joint dysfunction.
Spinal manipulation is the base of chiropractic technique. This entails a passive manual maneuver during which the three joint complex is taken past normal range of movement, but not far enough to dislocate or cause damage to the joint. Its defining factor is a dynamic thrust that causes an audiable release and attempts to increase the joints range of motion by ensuring its proper alignment.
Sports Related Syndromes & Injuries
- Muscular facilitation or inhibition
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Lower back pain and strain
- Knee conditions
- Shoulder conditions
- Groin injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-surgical oedema
- Lymphedema after mastectomy
Myofascial Dry Needling
Myofascial dry needling is an invasive technique that involves the insertion of an acupuncture needle into the active trigger point. The aim of dry needling is to break up the trigger point (knot). A trigger point can be defined as a hyperirritable spot in a skeletal muscle that is painful when compressed and can cause a referral of pain, motor dysfunction and autonomic phenomena. Myofascial dry needling is a modern western modality developed in the 1940’s by Janet Travell, MD. It is not related to traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture, therefore it does not involve the body’s meridian or energy channels.
Myofascial dry needling is used in the treatment of numerous conditions such as fibromyalgia, back pain, headaches, joint pain, sport related injuries, inflammatory conditions, post-surgery symptoms as well as acute or chronic trigger point pain due to bad posture or fatigue. The needle is directed to the point of maximum tenderness within the taut band, felt on palpation. When the inserted needle penetrates into the trigger point it disrupts this taut band and may manifest as a local “twitch response” this response will be both visualized and felt. Myofasdcial dry needling helps to establish a painless range of movement during treatment, relaxes the muscles, gives pain relief, improves proprioception
Chronic Musculoskeletal Disorders
The term musculoskeletal disorders encompasses health problems the locomotor apparatus such as: muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and nerves. The causes of musculoskeletal pain varies from damage with the wear and tear of daily activities to trauma on a bigger scale namely: fractures, dislocations, accidents, direct blows to the body etc. Musculoskeletal disorders can extend to those of a more chronic nature such as overuse, bad postural habits, viruses, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, prolonged immobilisation, scoliosis etc. Patients suffering with musculoskeletal disorders complain of pain felt over the entire body with the three main symptoms being pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances. Once these symptoms are experienced for a chronic duration patients often start to present with depression further aggravation their pain and decreasing their quality of life.
Chiropractic is able to play a vital role in the diagnosing of the cause of the symptoms and then also returning the patient to a more functional state through the use of spinal alignment, nerve stimulation and muscle therapy. All in all improving the patient’s quality of life and movement.