Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions | Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is chiropractic a medical specialty?
No. Chiropractic is an alternative health profession distinct from the western medical profession. It is studied in chiropractic universities. The required hours of study to obtain a doctorate in Chiropractic are similar to those for the medical profession, often containing many of the same subjects.
In the field of chiropractic, neither Pharmacology nor Surgery are studied, but the study of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Diagnosis, Nutrition, Radiology and specific chiropractic manual techniques are studied in greater depth.

Chiropractors must also complete an annual Continual Professional Development course to remain up-to-date with their skills and knowledge.

What are chiropractic treatments? Are they massages?
No, absolutely not. The chiropractor will perform specific chiropractic adjustments to the vertebrae and other joints in order to re-establish normal movement and function, and to remove any nervous system interference.
The adjustments are done by hand, generally quick and very effective, and require a high level of skill acquired after years of study. It has nothing to do with any of the techniques/movements used on the skin and muscles by massage.
How many treatments will I need?
It depends. The number of treatments varies from patient to patient. This all depends on your present complaint, your health, your lifestyle habits, and how well you have looked after yourself over the course of your life.
Some people come to chiropractic to help them get out of pain quickly (Relief Care). However, a lot of people use chiropractic in another way: they choose to have on-going Wellness Care to enhance their health and prevent future damage. It is much easier and more beneficial for the body to maintain wellbeing rather than to try and fix it when something goes wrong. The chiropractor will give you a schedule of recommended care but it is always your decision as to how long you wish to benefit from chiropractic care.
What is the "cracking" sound? Is it normal, painful or helpful?
The cracking sound is not dangerous. It is the release of inoffensive gases that have accumulated due to the lack of movement in the specific articulation. Chiropractic is not an aggressive therapy. Unlike prescription medication, which use chemical and biological substances to invade the body with the attempt to cure from outside to in, chiropractic is non-invasive, and does not use any foreign agents to heal the body. Chiropractic works directly with the nervous system in order to increase the capacity for the body to self-recover and self-maintain, allowing the body to heal itself without the use of external substances.
During this process of returning the body to its own normal, healthy state, the patient may experience physiological changes. Some patients may note varying degrees of symptoms throughout the healing process (e.g. tiredness, soreness, excess energy, etc.), while others may note immediate results without passing through the previously mentioned phases. The chiropractor will work on each patient according to what their nervous system specifically needs each day.
Is chiropractic safe? Or a dangerous therapy?
Chiropractic is a health profession that is recognized by the World Health Organization, that deals with disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on health in general. Scientific studies place chiropractic care as one of the safest and most effective health procedures for treating these disorders. The chiropractic professional receives a minimum of 5 years of higher education that guarantees the quality and safety of the service provided.
Given that in Luxembourg, this new profession has not yet been approved, it is very important to go to a properly qualified, internationally accredited chiropractor, because there are people who take advantage of this legal vacuum to perform manipulations of the spine without legitimate higher studies in chiropractic. Therefore, if you are looking for a chiropractor, we recommend that you consult the Chiropractic President of the Luxembourg Chiropractic Association for professionals who do have the corresponding degree.
Can the elderly, children and/or expecting mothers receive chiropractic care?
Not only can they receive chiropractic care, they all should! These particular groups have important needs in order to maintain an optimal level of health. Chiropractic care is highly recommended and beneficial for the elderly, children and expecting mothers.
If I am taking medication under chiropractic care, will I have to stop taking my medication?
Chiropractic care has zero incompatibility with other therapies. However, it is necessary to mention to your chiropractor other treatments you are using.
Chiropractic in Luxembourg: Are chiropractors part of a professional governmental association?
No, at this moment the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic has not yet been approved by the Luxembourg government.
However, the ECU (European Chiropractors Union) founded in 1932
represents the national associations of 23 European nations, promoting the health benefits of chiropractic, high standards of education, and excellence in conduct and practice. The ECU also represents the interests of the profession at a European level, advocating the inclusion of chiropractic within health policies and health programmes. It is the only way to verify the validity and authenticity of a chiropractic degree
Why is chiropractic relatively unknown in Luxembourg?
This is the exact question the chiropractors in Luxembourg have been, and continue to ask to the Luxembourg government.
The chiropractic profession is regulated in neighbouring countries and found throughout all of Europe. It is recognized by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, by the World Health Organization, and continues to expand globally each year.
There are more than 120,000 chiropractors world-wide, mainly found in advanced countries (Western Europe, North America, Australia, etc.). Research has shown that in many of these countries, chiropractic care had significant results in cost-effectiveness, safety and superior satisfaction from the many benefits obtained from chiropractic adjustments, leading to its integration into many countries’ primary health care systems.
What is the difference between chiropractic and other health professions?
Chiropractic emphasizes in optimizing the nervous system, offering numerous benefits to all those who wish to improve their quality of life, and who do not present a specific symptomatology.