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Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractors

What causes that cracking sound? Are my bones breaking?

No, your bones are not breaking or cracking! Each joint within your body has a capsule in which there is fluid and air. The cracking sound that one hears when you are being adjusted, is just the release of pressure within the joint due to the high speed movement. This is just like opening a can of cold-drink.

Do medical aids pay for Chiropractic Treatment?

Most medical aids these days cover the Allied Health / Alternate Health treatments and Chiropractic treatments would fall under this banner. However, your cover would depend on the plan that you are on. Most practices take payment upfront and then it would be your responsibility to claim back from your medical aid.

What formal training does a Chiropractor get?

In South Africa there are currently 2 Chiropractic Colleges – one in Durban (Durban University of Technology) and one in Johannesburg (University of Johannesburg). The training that a Chiropractor in this country receives spans over a period of minimum 6 years – and finally a Master’s Degree is awarded. The first 2 years include subject in the General Sciences category and include for example: Anatomy, Biology, Microbiology, Physiology, Pathology, Chemistry, Histology; to name but a few.
The next 3 years are dedicated to more Clinical orientated subjects and Chiropractic specific subjects are done.In the 4th and 5th year – each student is required to run a research project/thesis/dissertation over and above attending the normal academic programme.
In the 5th year – the student starts to see patients in the Clinic at the Campus – run by the faculty. Once the student has qualified and received his/her Master’s Degree, they are to follow and internship programme in which they carry out practical applications of their knowledge in public and private sectors.
Training of Chiropractors occurs almost anywhere in the world. USA, Australia, Canada, England, France and New Zealand to name but a few.

When should I see a Chiropractor?

Any condition that is related to a joint in the body could potentially be treated with Chiropractic care, as Chiropractic treatment can help most conditions relating to nerves, muscles and joints. Examples of this are: Back pain, hip pain, leg pain, sciatica, knee pain, foot pain, Neck pain, headaches, migraines, whiplash, shoulder pain, tingling in arms and elbow pain.
Most Chiropractors primarily treat conditions of the spine and look at the functioning thereof, but the functioning and balance between the upper and lower limbs is important too. So if you have any pain in your body as mentioned above, you ought to be seen by a Chiropractor – however many people have Chiropractic treatment as a form of keeping their spinal column healthy and not necessarily because they have pain – and this is in the form of a maintenance treatment programme.