What Is Chiropractic?

It's a safe manipulation of your joints using the doctor's hands or an adjusting tool to restore movement and normal function.

What is Chinese Tuina?

It's traditional treatment from China that eliminates or reduces musculoskeletal pain. It is exactly the same as Chiropractic and utilizes the same techniques as chiropractic.

Do chiropractic or tuina treatments hurt?

No, they don't. You may feel a little discomfort the following day, but that should go by the time you see the doctor again.

Will I have to see a chiropractor forever?

No, you won't. Most patients recover after 4-6 treatments. Quite often, patients decide to have monthly 'maintenance' visits to keep their bodies in good shape.

What are AlgarveChiro's opening hours?

We are open in Lagos and Portimão at various times between Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. We are also open for emergencies on Saturday afternoons and Sundays - and we don't charge extra for emergency appointments! Just call 00351 920290142.

Are chiropractors real doctors?

Yes, they are. Doctors of Chiropractic (also known as chiropractors) are not medical doctors, but they go through a similar education process to become licensed in the field of chiropractic care. In fact, educational requirements for chiropractors are among the most stringent of any health care profession.

What types of pain do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors are known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain, leg pain and headaches. They also treat sports injuries and other disorders involving muscles, ligaments and joints. The benefits of chiropractic care go beyond this and extend into general health, as our core body structure affects overall function and health.

What is a chiropractic or tuina adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific, controlled force in a precise direction that is applied to a spinal joint that may not be moving properly or is “locked up.” The purpose of this natural and safe procedure is to correct structural alignment and eliminate interference in the nervous system. For the patient, this means improved spinal function, reduction in pain, and an overall improvement in health and wellbeing.

Do adjustments hurt?

No, they don't. Chiropractic and Chinese Tuina manipulation are highly controlled procedures that rarely causes any discomfort, because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment. Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after your first visit can help ease any discomfort promote healing.

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of most back and neck problems. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor.

Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?

The noises you hear resembling popping sounds are your joints releasing tiny pockets of air. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of a joint; it affects the connective tissue that holds the joint together.

Are all patients adjusted in the same way?

No. Each patient’s care is unique and therefore customized to meet their specific condition and needs. Your chiropractor will modify adjustments based on your size, weight, age and health condition.

Will a chiropractic adjustment completely remove back pain?

Probably. For many, back pain can become chronic if left untreated. Chiropractic care has been shown to ease and even eliminate back pain for many patients.

Is AlgareChiro and Tuina open at the weekend?

Yes, it is, depending on location - we have clinic sessions in Portimão and Lagos, but may be open at different times at different locations. We are open on Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. We are also open for emergencies on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, so if you need us urgently we are here for you. Who wants to wait till Monday if you're in pain? Just call 00351 920290142.

Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?

Yes, you can. Many pregnant women find that chiropractic adjustments improve the pregnancy experience and make delivery easier. Adjustments are adapted to accommodate the stage of pregnancy and the unique needs of each patient.

Is back pain common?

Absolutely! More than 80 percent of people experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, it is one of the most reported reasons people miss work and is the second most frequent reason patients visit the doctor.

Will I be required to remove my clothing at my appointment?

Some procedures may require you to remove some pieces of clothing, although most do not. If you have any questions or concerns, bring them up immediately with your chiropractor. In any event, always try to wear something loose or comfortable for your appointment.

And finally, who is the BEST chiropractor in the Algarve?

British chiropractor Dr Wen Oates is the best chiropractor in the Algarve! But then we would say that, wouldn't we!

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