Frequently asked questions
Can I claim chiropractic treatment from the medical insurance?
Almost all medical insurers include chiropractic in their supplementary packages. The level of reimbursement however varies tremendously. Check with your insurance company about the terms and conditions.
What is the difference between chiropractic and manual therapy?
There are a number of differences that include the following:
Chiropractors have a degree after completing a full-time five year university study. They are permitted to make an independent diagnosis. They are trained to take X-rays and to evaluate them. During the treatment they use short sharp adjustments and a range of other techniques. Chiropractors look at the whole body rather than just treating the problem area. Manual therapists have a four year polytechnic training for physiotherapy, and have followed a part-time study thereafter to become a manual therapist. They may only treat patients who are referred to them by a physician or a specialist. They use pressure adjustments coupled with physiotherapy treatments. Thus, manual therapists specifically treat the area of complaint, while chiropractors examine the whole body.
Do I need a referral by my doctor?
A referral by the doctor is not usually necessary. However, it is advisable to inform your medical insurance company before making an appointment.
Can I undergo treatment if I am pregnant?
Yes, you can undergo treatment from the first to the very last day of pregnancy. Using specific techniques, chiropractors are able to relieve you of unnecessary pain. The treatment of pregnant women and babies is a further specialism within chiropractic.
Is it useful to have the spinal column checked to avoid problems?
Yes. In most cases, problems develop slowly. Complaints occur when the body is no longer able to deal with the problems. While it seems that the complaints arise suddenly, in fact the body is signalling its limits. A preventive check may discover problems at an early stage and put them right, avoiding problems at a later stage. Prevention is better than cure.
Is the treatment painful?
No, the adjustments to the spinal column are not usually painful. The treatment may be unpleasant if the problems are acute. The treatment of the relevant muscles may also be unpleasant. Patients should always tell the chiropractor if they feel pain. The chiropractor may then decide to adjust the treatment.
How many treatments do you need?
The number of treatments required depends on the patient and on various factors such as age, physical fitness, cause of the complaint, and duration of the complaint. In general, a clear change should be felt within the first five treatments. After that, the situation will be reviewed and a recommendation made on how long and how often the treatments should continue. Once there is clear improvement, the treatments are gradually reduced.
Can I do everything as usual after a treatment? And what about sports?
We advise patients to take it easy for about 24 hours after a treatment and to drink plenty of water. The body is processing the treatment and it needs time to do so. It is best to avoid sports, bending, turning and stretching (for example when cleaning the house) and carrying heavy loads such as shopping. Do not hesitate to discuss questions regarding particular movements, sports, hobbies and so on with your chiropractor.
What does chiropractic mean?
The word comes from the Greek words ‘cheir’ and ‘prattein’, which respectively mean ‘hand’ and ‘practice’. Chiropractic thus means ‘implementing by hand’.
What causes the ‘cracking’ sound during treatment?
The ‘cracking’ sound is caused by a difference in pressure in the fluids of the joints when a joint is adjusted. A vacuum is created in the joint. This sometimes occurs spontaneously, for example in the knee joint or in the foot. It is the same phenomenon as when a champagne cork is pulled.