What should I do if I need an adjustment and its after hours, weekends or public holidays?
Our Chiropractors offer after hours Chiropractic care please call our phone number and and ask to, speak to a Chiropractor now. Our Chiropractor who is on call can arrange an appointment the same day and often within an hour or so.
What if I miss an appointment?
If you can't make an appointment please call us and let us know, even if it is after hours we have a message bank that will save your voice mail. If you miss an appointment or are running late our team will normally call you and send you a message. Please call us back as we may be able to see you later that day or reschedule your appointment for another day or time.
How do I book an appointment? Can I just walk in?
There are multiple ways of booking an appointment at our practice. Call us 9020 2072, send us an email or book online via our website. We do accept walk in appointments however you may have to wait if the Chiropractor is seeing someone else. It's generally best to call ahead so we can be as prompt as possible for your appointment.
What education or training do Chiropractors receive?
Chiropractic is an intensive 5 year program. With roughly 5000+ hours of university, clinical placement and external learning. Chiropractors dedicate hours studying human physiology, biomechanics and pathophysiology.
What is the popping / cracking sound ?
This is caused by small pockets of air, which is in the fluid that surrounds your joints. When joint tissues are stretched during a chiropractic adjustment, the pockets of air "pop," producing the cracking sound you hear.
What's a chiropractic adjustment?
Chiropractic manual adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints using the doctor's hands. Adjustments can also be done by an instrument called the Activator and/ or a special table called the drop piece table. There are multiple ways to adjust the spine, adapted to suit the treatment to the individual.
Does Chiropractic need referral from a medical doctor ?
No, you don’t need a referral from a medical doctor in order to see a Chiropractor. You can call and book an appointment at a time that suits you. It is possible to request for a referral from a general practitioner however it is not necessity.
Does private health insurance cover chiropractic?
Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans. However it does depend on the cover you have. Therefore the amount covered varies depending on your cover.
How many chiropractic sessions do you need?
The answer to this question depends mainly on the patient, their presentation, the condition they present with and their pain. Therefore there is no definite answer for this question. It is best to ask the Chiropractor at your first visit.
What if i need to see a specialist or some other healthcare professional ?
We have an excellent network base of specialists that we co-manage patients with other healthcare professionals. We are more than happy to refer to a local reputable professional if we feel it will help in improving your health and wellness.
Can I have Chiropractic care if I’ve had back surgery?
False, although we will avoid the areas of your spine that have been modified through surgery. Surgery can often cause instability to the spine above or below the involved areas, so we are able to work with these areas during treatment.
Can I have Chiropractic care if I am elderly and have Osteoporosis.
False. When developing a schedule for patients, a chiropractor will be able to tailor it to the individual needs of patients. There are a wide variety of techniques used that cater for different ages, sizes and conditions.
Does my private health insurance cover Chiropractic?
Most health insurance funds will cover some costs for chiropractic treatment in their extras cover. HICAPS facilities are located at all clinics, so you can make a claim there and only pay the gap fee or remainder.
Are Chiropractic adjustments painful?
Chiropractic adjustments when done properly to an area of dysfunction may cause a burning sensation which is relieved quickly. Things such as inflammation and irritation to a region can play an effect to pain experienced when receiving an adjustment. In the 24 hours after an adjustment, patients may feel sore or tender which can be relieved with ice or stretches.
Are Adjustments safe?
Through thorough exam Chiropractors rule out any adverse effects to patients. Mild soreness and stiffness after an adjustment may occur to some people, as well as other adverse events. Chiropractors must inform you of the risks of treatment before an adjustment
Do adjustments make your spine loose?
Only the spinal joints that aren’t moving freely will receive an adjustment, as identified by the chiropractor. The joints that may have too much movement can be stabilised by muscles and ligament surrounding to provide support.
How long do patients typically undergo care at the Chiropractor?
Depending on the patient's presentation and symptoms depends on healing time. In general, within 3-4 weeks of visiting a chiropractor once or twice a week is what is common place for conservative care of musculoskeletal conditions After this initial phase, treatment can be received less frequently (every fortnight) as stretching, strengthening and exercises at home become more of a priority.
What’s the age limit for chiropractic care?
As we age and get older, we experience many changes throughout the spine. Spinal discs, muscles, ligaments and bones become weaker and unable to cope with normal stresses. As chiropractic care is always individualised to suit patients age and varying factors, it is beneficial that people of all ages seek advice when it is needed. Through the use of lower force techniques, older patients are able to reap many benefits and try and help minimise further degeneration. Patients may notice benefits such as increased mobility and flexibility which is important when aging.
Why do children need Chiropractic care?
Just like adults, children also have experience pain. While children undergo a lot of microtraumas with falling and being active outside, their bodies are durable and strong. Sometimes they might need the help of a medical doctor like a GP, or to be examined by the local chiropractor to see if they can offer heal in any way. Injuries like these ones can results in symptoms seen in adults such as; back or neck pain and muscle soreness or discomfort. With saying this, chiropractic care is always changed to suit the individual patient so for children, lower force techniques can be used for younger children.
Is there any way my body can heal faster?
Technically NO. But we can impact the pain. By attending regular appointments with the chiropractor, and being vigilant with any stretches, exercises and rehabilitation activities prescribed you are able to aid in reducing back pain, neck pain or muscular tension associated with your condition. Depending on your condition, if you are constantly missing appointments, not doing exercises and continuing any bad postural habits, chiropractic care may not work as well for you.
Is Chiropractic care safe?
There are very few treatment approaches that are free of adverse events, chiropractic is no exception. Patients may experience discomfort or soreness following a chiropractic treatment. Minor discomfort or soreness following the adjustment is common, however this feeling usually subsides within 24-48 hours. As chiropractors, we do detailed examinations and assessments to rule out the risk of any serious effects treatment may have on patients.
Can I crack/adjust myself?
Sometimes adjusting yourself can do more harm than good. Adjusting yourself too often or incorrectly can cause more pain and damage to the body than one may already be experiencing. Adjusting incorrectly can cause things such as pinched nerves, muscle spasm, hypermobility and other conditions.
What is the “cracking” adjustment I’ve seen Chiropractors do in videos?
An adjustment is a high velocity, low amplitude thrust that is applied to joints within the body. This is done manually by chiropractors, to joints that are found to be stuck and not moving as well as they should. This thrust is an attempt to allow joints to become more movable.
How are Chiropractors regulated?
Chiropractors go through some in depth and detailed study in order to become qualified. A minimum of 5 years study at university allows chiropractors to become registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia. Chiropractic is also one of fourteen government regulated health professionals via the Australian Health Regulation Practitioner Agency (AHPRA).
What is the role and technique of a chiropractor?
Chiropractors specialise in a wide variety of techniques. These include: Manual adjustments - a high velocity low amplitude thrust applied to joints within the body by hand to help improve movement and mobility. Blocking techniques: A low force technique, using 2 padded wedges to help shift patient's pelvis back into an ideal state, allowing the patient's weight and gravity to have an effect. Drop piece technique: Another lower force technique, this involves multiple moveable pieces on the chiropractic table, to help take the load of a manual thrust through joints in the body. Activator technique: Also another lower force technique, but more specific. Involves the use of a hand held tool onto specific joints in the spine to help promote healthy and normal movement and function. Simulates that of a manual adjustment, at a lower force.
What is a slipped disc?
Although slipped discs can occur in any part of your spine, they are most commonly seen in the lower back. The pain experienced may travel from your back through your buttocks and sometimes even into your thighs or lower leg. Discomfort from slipped discs usually worsen with activity, and lessen when resting. Things such as coughing, sneezing and even sitting can aggravate and worsen symptoms. It is recommended to seek medical help and scans to be able to diagnose this condition.
How do I know if I have a “Pinched Nerve”?
Pinched nerve signs and symptoms include: numbness or decreased sensation to a particular area, sharp/aching/burning pain which may radiate, tingling or pins and needles. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms seeking advice and treatment from a healthcare practitioner is recommended.
How does Chiropractic work?
The aim of chiropractic is to help reduce patients presenting pain in a direct and precise manor, while also helping to improve any underlying concerns that may be having an effect on the patient.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a well-established health profession that mainly focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system mainly including the spine.