Friday, May 6, 2011

It is not like the movies!

I find the majority of people are afraid to see a chiropractor because they are afraid of the NECK MANIPULATION.  
Frequently patients ask me... “Can you break my neck?” and I always tell them that the movies lie and it is not that easy to ‘break someone’s neck’.
When going to see a chiropractor, a full medical history will be taken, from this the chiropractor will determine whether a neck adjustment would be contra-indicated or not, if there is any doubt x-rays may be done to determine the outcome.
Certain medical conditions are contra-indicated for manipulation in certain areas of the body; the chiropractor will be aware of this and stay clear from such areas.
When getting a neck manipulation the chiropractor doesn’t use brute force to manipulate/click the neck, the manipulation is done by careful placement of the joints in certain positions with a light thrust that moves them into the correct position. The manipulation is not painful and would help restore function and relieve pain.
Neck manipulations are used to treat many conditions such as:
  • Stiffness
  • Whiplash
  • Disc injuries
  • Nerve pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscular weakness
  • Facial pain
  • Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

If the chiropractor believes that a neck adjustment is contra-indicated, often manipulation of other parts of the body can help aid in alleviation of pain and increase the range of motion.

Contact details:
Dr Angela Pasteilledes
96 Brand Road (inside TAP Kruger)
Tel: 031 201 1442
Cell: 083 233 1187

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