Frequently Asked Questions
What Does A Chiropractor Do?
When treating patients, chiropractors are no different to any other health professional (including GPs). They make an assessment and develop a treatment plan in accordance with the needs of the patient and provide advice on future management strategies.
What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractors focus on increasing joint mobility, reducing pain and tension and improving body function.
How Are Chiropractors Educated?
Australian chiropractors are five-year university trained, they are government registered and regulated healthcare professionals. All chiropractors must continue their professional development to upgrade and improve their skills and stay up-to-date on the latest scientific research.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
When treating patients chiropractors assess the safety of treatment in relation to the presenting complaint, the tests and assessments completed and any current or previous health conditions weather musculoskeletal or systemic.
How long will it take to get better?
There are many variables that will contribute to this. Age, existing health conditions, severity & duration of presenting complaint, and commitment to recommendations from the chiropractor related to stretches, exercise and regularity of care required.
Does an adjustment hurt?
Not in most cases, most people will find a real sense of relief and flexibility after an adjustment, this can also depend on the severity of the presenting condition and complaint. Chiropractors are trained to deliver a safe and easy adjustment to your spine and other articulating joints.
How many times will I have to come in?
This depends on a few things, mainly age, pre-existing health conditions, severity & duration of presenting condition, commitment to advice, exercises and stretches given from the chiropractor.
Recommendations of appointments and schedule are based on the above, it is important to stick to recommendations given to you by the chiropractor as it will help reach your outcomes more efficiently and effectively, each session always builds on the last.
What is the difference between a Chiropractor, Osteopath and a Physiotherapist?
Chiropractic care is focused on the relationship between structure (joints, muscle and nerves) and function (movement and co-ordinated by the nervous system) and how the relationship between the two affects preservation and restoration.
Physiotherapy is described as a therapy that uses techniques to help muscles and joints work to their full potential.
Osteopathy is a practice that focuses on allowing blood and lymphatics to flow freely through our tissues and restore freedom to tissues, normalising fluid flow and function.
Each of us must make our own decisions about what might be the most appropriate method of care for them.
If I have no pain should I still see a chiropractor?
Does a body builder stop going to the gym once they’ve achieved their weight goal?
Pain is often the last presentation to appear when something is wrong, therefore it’s not a good indicator on whether you may need treatment or not.
As long as you have a spine, a chiropractor should be checking it. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and assess your spine, in many instances they can pick up a problem before any major issues start to become a problem in your day-to-day.
Is it true that once you go to a Chiropractor you have to always keep going?
Yes and no, ultimately you as an individual will choose how to utilise the service to what you want to get out of it.
Managing pain and seeking relief through treatment will see most people commit to an ‘initial phase’ of care, for people who wish to maintain and stabilize their overall standard, function and wellbeing over a longer period, this will take on a more ‘maintenance/stabilisation’ approach which may look like long term care….which most people will choose in order to avoid a build up of pain and dysfunction over a period of time that includes ‘no care’ .
Do we accept TAC, Work Cover, NDIS and Medicare (CDSM & TCA) patients?
Do you need a referral from a GP?
It is not necessary to get a referral from a GP for a chiropractor