Chiropractic care usually involves spinal manipulation, a treatment that puts pressure on the joints of your spine. Also known as spinal adjustment, a chiropractor in Paddington uses this type of treatment with the aim of relieving your pain, relaxing your muscles and improving the mobility of your joints.

A chiropractor can perform spinal manipulation in one of two ways: with the hands or with a special device. The careful, controlled forces applied to your joints can range from gentle to forceful, and from fast to slow. Sometimes, a chiropractor will also focus on other joints of your body to help treat your complaint.

Some patients call spinal manipulation “cracking” because of the popping sounds that sometimes emanate from the joints when the manipulation is carried out. However, nothing is actually “cracking” inside of you when these sounds occur.

Spinal manipulation does not normally hurt, but if you are in pain at the time of visiting a chiropractor, you may feel sore after your treatment. This side effect will usually pass quickly and without intervention.

In addition to spinal manipulation, a chiropractor Paddington may use ice, heat, electrical stimulation or ultrasound waves to help relax your muscles and resolve your discomfort.

What to expect from your first visit

If you have never been to see a chiropractor before, you may be a little worried about what will happen at your first visit. Consulting a chiropractor is actually simple and stress free. All you need to do is call us to arrange an appointment.

Your first visit will not be dissimilar to an initial consultation with any new healthcare professional. It will include:

• An assessment of your health

You will need to answer a range of questions about your health, diet and activity level. The information you supply will help a chiropractor to learn more about the cause of the complaint you wish to resolve.

• A physical examination

You will need to agree to a physical examination so that a chiropractor can check your posture and look for things that are abnormal, such as one shoulder that is higher than the other. Your exam may also include imaging tests, such as X-rays and MRI scans, and tests that assess the strength of your muscles.

Following undergoing these initial assessments, you will be able to learn more about your suitability to chiropractic treatment. If a chiropractor in Paddington believes that you may benefit from spinal manipulation, you may receive treatment the same day or at a later appointment.