Frequently Asked Questions
Chiropractors are well-trained, university-trained doctors and experts in the field of spinal functioning, injury prevention, posture, exercise and many other areas of sports, health and mental stability. Chiropractors are the only professionals trained in the correct analysis and correction of subluxations/blocks in the spine (misalignment of the spine that puts constant pressure on the vital nerves and disrupts the optimal functioning of the body). These subluxations result in declining health and various physical complaints. The Chiropractor focuses on restoring normal movement of the spine and the correct position of the vertebrae.
During your first appointment the chiropractor will do a thorough intake in which he will discuss your health history and symptoms and he will make the relationship between your symptoms and the possible stress factors in your life. You will have a physical examination in which the emphasis is on functionality and not just on where it is painful. A posture photo of you will be taken to determine your posture and show how this is linked to your health. Take your BSN and health insurance number to the first consultation and put on comfortable clothing.
The number of treatments varies and strongly depends on your age, stress factors, how long the symptoms have been present and your recovery process. Of course this is strongly linked to how well you take care of your body. During the second visit the chiropractor will discuss the treatment plan for your recovery, geared to achieving your goals as soon as possible. After a number of adjustments you will receive a revaluation to determine your progress. If applicable, your chiropractor will work closely with the physiotherapist to help you achieve your health goals.
Similar to the knuckles in your hand, each vertebra of the spine has a joint capsule that surrounds and protects the joint by keeping it lubricated. Within these capsules there is a small amount of gas that escapes and makes a sound as the joint is gently returned to its normal position. Usually this feels like a release of tension and most people enjoy the process and even find it relaxing.
You don’t have to be in pain to visit a chiropractor. The bones of your spine are responsible for protecting your fragile nervous system. Your nervous system is known as the main control system because it regulates and controls all systems, including your circulatory system, organs, breathing, and muscle system to name but a few! Just as it is important to start consulting a dentist as early as possible for our dental care, it is also essential that you have a trained professional look at your spine and nervous system. Everyone with a spine needs a chiropractor.
No, chiropractors can assess and treat a physical complaint without a referral from a (family) doctor. Most health insurances reimburse chiropractic if you are supplementary insured. Usually it falls under the coverage of alternative medicine and the reimbursement varies per package. After each consultation you will receive an invoice from us which you can submit to your health insurance.