Frequently Asked Questions
Are you ever too young to be adjusted?
There is no lower age limit to be checked by a Chiropractor. The birth process itself may cause spinal damage and misalignment. If Chiropractic care is recommended for your child, adjusting babies is very gentle! In fact, sometimes babies will be able to sleep right through their adjustment!
Do I need a referral to see a Chiropractor?
No! Doctors of Chiropractic, like medical doctors, are primary health care practitioners. This means that Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to recognize your health needs and can provide appropriate care. In some cases, we also refer you to other allied health practitioners to provide you with the best opportunity for wellbeing. We welcome open communication with your existing healthcare practitioners to tailor your health plan to include the recommendations of your other health team professionals.
Can I receive chiropractic care if I have osteoporosis?
Even people who have osteoporosis may be able to receive the benefits of Chiropractic care. As always, your individual case will be thoroughly assessed for compatibility with Chiropractic care and your health plan will be tailored to suit your needs. We incorporate some very gentle techniques and always use the least force necessary in order to care for delicate spines for a healthy nervous system.
How many years does a chiropractor study for?
To become registered, our Chiropractors have completed a five (5) year University degree including biochemistry, neurology, anatomy, physics, kinesiology, diagnosis, nutrition, radiography, radiology and more! In fact, you may be surprised to learn that on average, your Chiropractor will actually have completed similar hours of university study to your general practitioner of medicine! Whereas medical practitioners often focus on drugs and surgery for healthcare, Chiropractors focus on aiming to improve the function of your entire body, especially your spine and nervous system.
Can Chiropractic help my arthritis?
The first thing your Chiropractor will do is to determine what sort of arthritis you have. The most common form of arthritis is called Osteoarthritis (also known as Degenerative Joint Disease or Subluxation Degeneration). This type of arthritis often develops due to abnormal stress on a joint and/or abnormal movement of a joint. Chiropractic aims to normalize the movement of all joints in your body, particularly the spine, as well as removing abnormal stresses caused by posture, subluxations, or faulty movement. In addition to correcting the abnormal stress and loading associated with subluxation, your Chiropractor will advise you of nutritional strategies that may be effective to help slow or reverse the damaging effects of this often crippling condition.
Does it hurt?
Our Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to suit every individual from babies to seniors and everything in between. Your Chiropractor will work with you to tailor your care to suit your body type and health goals. Being adjusted normally isn’t a painful experience, although infrequently you may feel some temporary discomfort during your adjustment, much like the temporary discomfort you feel during a deep massage. Some people will report some mild soreness following an adjustment during the initial phase of their care like the soreness you feel when exercising for the first time. Before embarking on any form of care, your Chiropractor will inform you of any potential risks as well as the possible benefits of chiropractic care in your case.
Patient education is important to us so please contact us with any questions you may have.
Is Chiropractic supported by research?
Chiropractic is supported by research facilities like the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, see www.spinalresearch.com.au. Chiropractic research is not usually funded by the pharmaceutical industry or institutional investors seeking profit from patent ownership. For this reason, Chiropractic research relies heavily on private and practitioner donations. If you would like to review the current trends in Chiropractic research or make a donation to support Chiropractic research, visit www.spinalresearch.com.au.
Other great resources to explore research into spinal care that includes the scope of Chiropractic include:
Recognised internationally as the leading journal in its field, Spine is an international, peer-reviewed, bi-weekly periodical. www.spinejournal.com
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) is an international, interdisciplinary, and peer-reviewed journal. www.jmptonline.org/