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FAQ & Myths

FAQ & Myths

Does the chiropractic adjustment hurt?

In most cases it will not hurt at all. Gascoyne chiropractic has an experiences chiropractor that is trained in a range of different techniques. We always strive to perform techniques in the most gentle and safe manner. And we have techniques suitable for any age groups, including babies and elderly.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic has an excellent safety record and is among the safest professions in the world. There are some low risk involved, but be reassured that your chiropractor is highly educated and is making all the right steps to ensure safety.

Chiropractic risks:

Cervical spine radiculopathy

1: 139,000

Vascular injury

1: 2.15 million

Aggravation of lumbar disc injury

1: 3.7 million

To put into perspective some other risk:

Hospitalisation from gastrointestinal bleed
from NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory)

1: 250

Deaths from NSAIDs (USA)

3200 per year

Deaths from general anaesthetics

1: 1250

Death from adverse drug reaction

2200 per year

Injury from car accident

1: 9300

Chiropractors have a minimum of a 5 year university degree with extended training in anatomy, physiology, neurology and diagnosis. A chiropractor also has to keep up to date with new knowledge and technology and perform a certain hour of professional development every year.

Chiropractic is unscientific

We now have growing number of evidence and research articles that supports the efficiency and safety of chiropractic care applied by a skilled professional. Check our research section and our links for more info.

Will adjustments make my spine too loose?

No. Chiropractic adjustments are very specific and are only performed where there is restriction of the spinal bones and pelvis.

Do I need a referral from my GP to see a chiropractor?

No, it is not necessary for you to have a referral from your GP. But we do get referrals and work together with our local doctors.

Is back pain normal?

It is very common for people to experience back pain sometime during their life. It has shown that around than 70% of our population will have back pain at some point in their life. Having said that back pain is an indication that something is not right, and should be looked after by someone that is specialised with dealing conditions of the spine. Pain in your body is a signal that a threshold has been reached or that a problem has developed.

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