1. Are referrals necessary to see a chiropractor?

No. Chiropractors don’t require a referral from your GP however you may be eligible for up to 5 Chiropractic visits funded by Medicare with a GP referral if you have a chronic condition. It is recommended you visit your GP for more information. 

2. Are all patients adjusted the same way?

Patients are adjusted based on a number of different factors which include their age, presenting condition, body shape, size, preference. Techniques can be modified accordingly.

3. What subjects do chiropractors study at university?

Chiropractors study a range of science based subjects over their 5 year course which include chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and other chiropractic related subjects. Chiropractic students learn how to stay up to date with the latest research on musculoskeletal conditions to ensure that patients are receiving the best possible care known as evidence based practise.

4. Who can receive chiropractic care?

In Australia there are no restrictions for people to receive chiropractic care. No referrals are required.

5. How regularly should you be adjusted by your Chiropractor?

It depends on numerous factors however many people prefer to be adjusted periodically in an attempt to keep their spine functioning at an optimal level without pain and tension building up throughout certain areas. Many people prefer to be proactive about their health instead of being reactive when they are in pain

6. Is surgery my only option with back/ neck pain?

It depends on your condition. Some conditions don’t require spinal surgery and can be treated with conservative therapies instead such as Chiropractic. It is recommended that there be a trial of conservative treatment before spinal surgery is performed. Chiropractors are trained and qualified to treat some spinal conditions through the use of rehabilitation exercises, adjustments and soft tissue techniques.

7. If I have had back surgery can I still see a chiropractor?

If you have had previous back surgeries it is important that your chiropractor is aware so they can modify their treatment techniques accordingly. Patients who have had back surgeries may not be eligible for a manual adjustment therefore lower force techniques can be utilised such as activator, soft tissue therapies and rehabilitation exercises.

8. How do I know if I have a joint dysfunction?

Chiropractors are adequately trained in assessing for spinal joint dysfunction. Your Chiropractor may be able to inform you if you have areas in your spine that aren’t functioning correctly.

9. What is a chiropractic joint dysfunction?

Chiropractic joint dysfunction can be assessed and treated by a chiropractor. It is classified as a particular joint in the spine or body that isn’t functioning or moving correctly. Symptoms of a chiropractic joint dysfunction may include decreased range of motion, pain/ tenderness or there may be no symptoms associated at all.

10. How long does a spinal adjustment take?

Full spine adjustments typically take 5-10 minutes. Some patients may require more attention than others depending on their condition which can be accurately assessed and diagnosed by your Chiropractor.

11. Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Chiropractors are trained to identify possible risk factors when deciding whether or not somebody is eligible for spinal manipulation. Like most manual therapies and medicines there could be risks associated with treatments however your Chiropractor will inform you of these possibilities prior to treatment.

12. What causes the sound made by a chiropractic adjustment?

When Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation there is often an audible clicking or popping that occurs in the spinal level being manipulated. The noise heard is gas being released from the joint which is contrary to common beliefs that the bone is being popped back into position.

13. What does a chiropractic adjustment involve?

Involves the practitioner taking a contact with their hands over a particular joint that they identify as needing treatment and applying a force that aims to increase range of motion to that region. Techniques can be modified depending on the condition presenting to your Chiropractor. There are techniques that use lower force such as using a spring loaded device such as an activator or a drop piece table to help increase range of motion.

14. What is the role of your nervous system?

Your central Nervous system includes your brain and spinal cord. Your nervous system is protected by the bones in the spine and skull and is an extremely important part of the human body. It allows for messages to be sent between your brain and other body parts such as your heart and other vital organs. Damage to your nervous system can sometimes be irreversible depending on the level of damage which is why it is important to protect and look after your spine.

15. What does your spine do?

Your spine is one of the most important structures in your body because it protects the spinal cord, which controls all your bodily functions. There are 24 small bones known as vertebrae and they are classified into cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), lumar (low back) and coccyx (tailbones). It is normal for your spine to have curves when being viewed from side on and the brain is able to send messages to other parts of the body by utilising the spinal cord to communicate. Your spine is designed so that you can get different types of movement such as rotation, bending forward/ backwards and side to side which allows us to perform everyday activities such as turning our heads in different directions or picking up something from the floor.

16. What does a chiropractor do?

A Chiropractor can assess and treat your spine and other areas of your body that might be experiencing pain or discomfort. Chiropractors are trained to assess your spine, surrounding muscles, test your nerves and they can diagnose a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. If treatment is deemed necessary they can perform a wide range of techniques that involve soft tissue mobilisation and joint manipulations. Rehabilitation exercises that aid with strength and flexibility can also be given by your Chiropractor.

17. What is chiropractic and when was it discovered?

Chiropractic is a form of primary health care that deal with musculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractic was discovered by D.D Palmer over 120 years ago after he performed spinal manipulation on a patient who was experiencing deafness. Chiropractors assess and manage mainly spinal conditions but they can also give advice on a wide range of extremity conditions. Chiropractic may be useful if someone is experiencing back pain, neck pain, or other symptoms such as muscular tension or tightness.

18. Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?

No. Chiropractors are primary care health practitioners and have been given the title as “Doctors of Chiropractic” as they are able to assess and diagnosis patients directly without medical referrals. To make an appointment phone (03) 9021 8684

19. Are you available during normal business hours?

Yes. Our practices are open daily from 8.30am-7pm. Our Chiropractors see hundreds of patients between our practices every week located in central Melbourne, West, North & South-East. Our clinics are in Hawthorn, Carlton, Lilydale, Berwick, Sunbury, Pakenham, Mernda, Narre Warren, Ringwood, Melton, Boronia, Lilydale, Carlton, Cranbourne, Epping, South Morang, Cranbourne, Footscray Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, & Tarneit. Often people who come to our practice originally for an emergency appointment, continue to see us in the weeks/months afterward, during normal hours.

20. Can you follow-up with my regular chiropractor?

Yes. We see many patients who see us on weekends or out-of-hours when their regular chiropractor is not available. As a courtesy we can follow up with your normal chiropractor, when they re-open, about any treatment we provide or tests we perform so everyone is kept in the loop.

21. Is Chiropractic care effective?

Chiropractic care for certain musculoskeletal related issues can be beneficial. This includes neck pain, back pain and muscular tension associated with other conditions

Chiropractic also aims to improve the range of motion through joint mobilisation, soft tissue therapy, stretches and rehabilitation exercises.

22. What should I expect from treatment?

Everybody is unique and therefore it is difficult to provide guidelines on how you will respond to care. However, through scientific knowledge of tissue healing times, we are able to provide approximate timelines for healing and recovering. We recommend you speak to the chiropractor about your situation.

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