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  • What is Chiropractic?
    Our health profession is concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical problems of the spine and other joints of the body, and the effects these problems have on the function of the nervous system and general health. (Primary Reference – WFC World Federation of Chiropractic, 2001)
  • How does Chiropractic work?
    The beneficial effects of adjustments (manipulation) are well documented. Adjustments (manipulative therapy) improves your mobility and function, mostly due to effects of the adjustment. The effects of the adjustment blocks pain pathways to the brain, which leads to a reflex reduction of muscle spasm and pain.
  • What is an adjustment?
    It’s a gentle measured thrust delivered in a particular way, to a joint that has been determined to have restricted movement.
  • How is Chiropractic done? What is the Activator Method?
    Our Chiropractors mostly rely on the Activator Method Technique. The Activator Method is a chiropractic treatment method and device created by Dr Arlan Fuhr as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine or other joints. The device is categorized as a mechanical force manual assisted (MFMA) instrument which is generally regarded as a softer chiropractic treatment technique. Although our chiropractors use this technique, they are also expertly trained in manual techniques when required or thought approriate.
  • How are pregnant patients treated?
    Pregnant women are treated using the Activator Methods which is regarded as a safe and effective treatment. We have appropriate treatment tables and pillows to help support and care for pregnant women throughout their pregnancy.
  • How are Chiropractors educated?
    Australian chiropractors are university trained, and government registered and regulated healthcare professionals. To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you must have studied an accredited chiropractic program conducted at a University or College in Australia or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractic Regulating Authority. A chiropractor’s education never ends. After entering practice, all chiropractors must complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and stay up-to-date on the latest scientific research. Currently there are four universities and one college in Australia that have chiropractic degree programs.
  • Is Chiropractic safe?
    Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength to conduct specific chiropractic adjustments. Various types of manual therapy and low force interventions are also used where appropriate.Chiropractic care has a very low risk profile, especially when compared with more invasive methods of spinal healthcare.
  • How do I know if I need Chiropractic care?
    If you are suffering with any persistent neuromusculoskeletal symptoms, you should see a Chiropractor for advice. The most common people to seek Chiropractors are those suffering with aches, pains and discomfort to their spine and joints. Other symptoms often experienced by people that would benefit from Chiropractic care include: tingling, numbness, weakness, joint swelling, headaches. Chiropractic is also benifical for maintaining overall wellbeing.
  • How long do I need Chiropractic care?
    The treatment plan will vary according to the specific condition and it’s severity. Most mild conditions should resolve within 6-8 weeks, usually requiring weekly visits (1-3 times per week). More chronic or severe conditions will take longer. Maintenance care can also be benifical for overall wellbeing.
  • Am I too old for Chiropractic care?
    In short, no! There is no age limit on chiropractic care, in fact more and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their later years. In order to deliver the safest, most effective and highest quality care possible, chiropractic techniques are modified appropriately for each person at every age and stage of life.
  • What can I expect during a consultation?
    On your initial visit a detailed history is taken and a detailed physical examination including the area of complaint will be performed. As a result of this you may or may not be required to go for some form of imaging (Xray or MRI examination) or even be referred for specific tests. This will help our Chiropractors establish a diagnosis and treatment plan for your condition, which will be carefully explained to you during your report of findings.
  • Will the treatment hurt and will I feel better after the treatment?
    Generally speaking Chiropractors tend to have very high patient satisfaction rates. Occasionally some patients may experience some adverse reactions to their treatment, but these symptoms usually dissipate within a few days.
  • Who can benefit from Chiropractic?
    Almost everybody. Although Chiropractic patients are usually in the 40-65 year old age group, more and more children and older people are getting the benefits from Chiropractic care as well. With today’s unhealthy lifestyle and a generation that spends most of their day using a PC or cell phone, sitting at an office or stuck in traffic and playing little sport or doing little exercise – neck pain, back pain, muscle stiffness and poor posture are on the increase.
  • Is Chiropractic care covered by my Health Fund?
    This depends on what type of policy you have. Most Medical Health Funds cover Chiropractic care. The amount of cover you have depends on your policy and you will need to check what your fund covers and how much cover your fund provides.
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