Chiropractic frequently asked questions
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “done by hand.”
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
What is the “crack” noise?
It is gas being released from the joint due to a pressure change that occurs during an adjustment. It is not the bones rubbing against each other.
Do I have to hear the “crack” noise?
No, we utilise a variety of techniques many of which do not make this noise.
How long will it take?
That depends on the type of problem and how long it has been there. We tailor everyone's treatment and schedule individually to help them achieve the best results possible.
Do I need a program of care?
It depends on what is causing your discomfort. Many problems do not resolve overnight therefore they do require a treatment schedule as it takes time to restore correct joint position and movement as well as for muscles and ligaments to heal.
Will it hurt?
Chiropractic is virtually pain-free, however you may find certain adjustments uncomfortable momentarily. Following treatment, certain people may experience some minor discomfort which is perfectly normal. To minimise this it is best to maintain good spinal posture and avoid heavy exercise or lifting immediately after your appointment. If you are unsure about any activities please ask your chiropractor.
Can I use my private health insurance?
Yes, we have a HICAPS machine and you just pay the gap.
Do I need to see a GP first?
No. Just come in! Bring along any recent x-rays to speed up your treatment. If you don't have x-rays, don't worry. We can take them on site with our digital x-ray equipment.
Is it safe for pregnant women and children?
Yes, techniques are modified to accommodate for pregnancy, baby's and children's spines. Your chiropractor has been specifically trained in this area. Research has shown that women who experience pregnancy related back pain can benefit from chiropractic care and that it is safe. Chiropractic care may help to reduce labour time as it allows the pelvis to be in its correct neutral position allowing maximum room for the baby to birth, (Fallon J. International Chiropractic Association. 1994 - Arlington, Virginia).
Research has shown that chiropractic is safe for baby's and children. For further information click here.
A study by Guttmann, showed that of the more than one thousand infants examined, it was concluded that approximately 80% of all newborns had some form of nerve dysfunction. Our nervous system plays an extremely important part in the functioning of our bodies so chiropractic may help with colic, breastfeeding and attachment issues, recurrent ear aches, just to name a few. It can also be extremely beneficial to have babies and children checked to ensure that they have a healthy spine even if they have no symptoms.
For further information on chiropractic paediatrics please click here.
Can this help my back at work?
Of course. By having correct spinal alignment and more relaxed muscles this can help to make you feel more comfortable. We will also discuss with you correct ergonomics and provide strategies to help minimise pain from occurring.
Do chiropractors deal with sports injuries?
Absolutely. We can help to restore the correct movement and function to a joint, tendon, ligament and muscle as well as help to correctly realign scar formation making the tissue stronger and healthier through the use of manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue work and stretches.
Research has shown that conservative manual therapy is the ideal treatment for shoulder injuries from repetitive throwing during sports. Chiropractors’ have a thorough understanding of how the joints in the body work and how to treat muscular imbalances that may arise. This is demonstrated in another article where chiropractic treatment and patient home management helped to alleviate low back pain in recreational runners.
In up to 25% of amateur golfers surveyed, lower back injuries seemed to prevail particularly in the follow through phase of the golf swing and 40% of these visit a chiropractor to alleviate their discomfort. It is mainly due to the repetitive nature of the golfing swing.
Can chiropractic help with arthritis?
Yes, research shows that manual therapy such as chiropractic is more effective than a joint arthroscopy.
Is it safe for the elderly?
Yes, as techniques are modified for those with arthritis and osteoporosis. Research has shown that it is safe and beneficial. It may also help to prevent falls as arthritic joints are one of the causative factors.
Yes. In recent research it was shown that 44% of those receiving chiropractic care reported having arthritis compared with 66% in the non-chiropractic care group. Following up these groups 3 years later, less than 5% of those who used chiropractic care were in a nursing home, while a staggering 48% of those who did not use chiropractic care had been admitted to a nursing home.
What sort of training do chiropractors receive?
One must have studied an accredited 5-year chiropractic program conducted at a University within Australia, or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractic Regulating authority. Upon completion of tertiary studies a practitioner must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.