Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic is recognised as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that if one does get minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation it typically fades within 24 hours.

Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation, when performed by a skilled and well-educated professional such as a chiropractor, is a remarkably safe procedure.

Can chiropractors treat sports injuries?

Chiropractors can treat many conditions that are caused by sports injuries. This will depend on the actual diagnosis. At the initial consultation, we take a full medical history, investigate lifestyle, posture etc, carry out a thorough examination and take x-rays when necessary. Once the diagnosis is made, a treatment plan is prepared. It’s not just tennis and golf which can cause tennis/golfer’s elbow. Other risk factors include prolonged computer use, driving, DIY and sports that require a throwing motion. We work in a wide range of professional sports including football, rugby and athletics, often chiropractors work as members of a multi-disciplinary medical support team. Chiropractors often work at major sporting events.

 Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle. John Radin has treated children with ages ranging from infants through teens.

Can chiropractors treat pregnant women?

A woman’s body changes during pregnancy. Those changes include the softening of ligaments, weight increase and changes to posture. That can lead to additional pressure on joints in various parts of the body, including the spine or pelvis. Chiropractic care in pregnancy is a safe and gentle way to promote comfort and minimise back pain during your pregnancy. Chiropractic may help relieve the stresses and strains on your body during pregnancy and after birth.   Chiropractors are statutorily regulated primary healthcare professionals, who work in the private healthcare sector and NHS settings. Chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women, babies and children. John Radin is trained in a wide variety of techniques to help you deal with the stresses of pregnancy. He will use safe, gentle techniques that are suitable for your condition.

How well trained are chiropractors?

A chiropractic degree involves extensive training in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, with particular emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Chiropractors train full-time for five years where we learn medical diagnosis, radiography and radiology (apart from chiropractic skills), which means that we can diagnose your problem. We are primary care practitioners specialising in nerve, muscle and joint problems. We will refer you to another healthcare professional if necessary.

What can I expect during my first consultation?

After you fill out a patient questionnaire and history, the chiropractor will review this information with you in detail, he may ask other questions that he feels are pertinent to your complaint and health history. Then a detailed exam consisting of standard orthopaedic, neurological tests and chiropractic palpatory and functional tests to localize the nature of your individual problem. He will discuss whether x-rays are necessary. If there is time, he may take the x-rays (if necessary) and discuss the findings and potential treatment plan or this may be scheduled for a later time as every patient is unique and may require more or less time and examination.

John Radin is a chiropractor serving patients with both difficult problems as well as mild conditions from the surrounding areas of New Milton, Highcliffe, Mudeford, Christchurch, Bransgore, Barton on Sea, Milford on Sea, Hordle, Lymington, Brockenhurst, Sway, as well as many others from the New Forest. Patients travel from Bournemouth, Boscombe, Southbourne as well.

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