The role of a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors are one of the many types of manual therapists that exist that tackles musculoskeletal injuries & conditions.

The training and focus of the Chiropractor equip them to be structural specialists of the spinal column. Chiropractors recognize the value of a healthy spinal column and nervous system in enhancing our physical health. From a structural point of view, it is a health requirement for our spinal column to be as symmetrical and well aligned as possible. A healthy posture is a big part of this.

 

What training do Chiropractors have?

Australian Chiropractors are 5-year university trained, are government registered and government regulated health professionals.

Their studies include anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, neurology, orthopaedics, radiology and biomechanics.

 

Are Chiropractors registered?

AHPRA is the governing body for all practitioners practicing in Australia. It is compulsory to be registered with them. You must have the appropriate insurance, level 2 first aid certification, and accrue annual point towards ongoing education to maintain currency.

 

What conditions do Chiropractors treat?

  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Neck pain &/or stiffness
  • Radiating pain, numbness or pins & needles into one or both arms
  • Mid-back / Shoulder blades pain &/or stiffness
  • Low back pain &/or stiffness
  • Radiating pain, numbness or pins & needles into one or both legs (Sciatica)
  • Disc injuries of the neck or low back
  • Fascial pain
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction: jaw pain, locking or clicking
  • Postural problems such as scoliosis, rounded shoulders, sway low back etc
  • Upper & Lower limb problems eg frozen shoulder, wrist pain etc
  • Soft tissue problems
  • Degenerative arthritis

Reasons for Attending?

Symptom Relief:

This is often the initial reason why a patient will contact our office.

If the patient is treated and their symptoms disappear, care is either withdrawn as it is no longer required, or may continue as explained below.

To Rehabilitate or Correct a Longer Term Spinal Problem:

There are patients with underlying structural problems, that require ongoing treatment, well after all the initial symptoms have disappeared.

Postural problems are very prevalent in our community. Not only are they aesthetically unpleasant, they often lead to early spinal degenerative change, or wear and tear. This form of corrective chiropractic care is effective in preventing relapses. Once rehabilitated, care can be withdrawn, or care may continue as explained below.

Proactive Maintenance:

Periodic chiropractic treatment is provided to patients for a wide variety of reasons and differs for each person.

It is often suggested as a form of prevention for those whose spinal health regularly declines after a certain period. If a chiropractic visit is implemented just prior to that anticipated relapse, the patient remains healthy. An appointment may be required perhaps, monthly or quarterly, depending on the case.

Reasons include: a degenerative disc problem, previous orthopaedic surgery, history of serious trauma, ongoing stressful lifestyles, repetition associated with your occupation.

 

What to expect on your initial appointment?

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome.

Our customary ‘patient information form’ needs to be filled in. It’s comprised of your personal details, your medical history, your current general health state, followed by information related to why you are visiting e.g. headache, neck pain or low back pain etc.

Once completed, you’ll be taken into the treatment room. Your information is reviewed. Further questions may be asked to get a clear understanding of the problem.

A physical examination will need to be performed combining a range of chiropractic, orthopaedic and neurological tests. In most cases, there is no need to disrobe.

Once completed, an explanation is provided regarding your specific complaint / problem. You have an opportunity to ask questions and become informed about your case. At times, radiology is required. This could mean an x-ray, ultrasound or MRI etc. The combination of all this information helps determine your diagnosis, whether presumptive or definitive, and the best chiropractic treatment recommendation.

Your proposed chiropractic care plan is discussed which includes treatment techniques, frequency of visits and your specific goals. Treatment alternatives, risks of care and risks of non-care are also discussed.

If it appears that chiropractic care is a good option, then treatment can be provided to you straight away. All treatments vary, but a typical treatment will incorporate some form of manipulative therapy and a range of soft tissue techniques.

Home based advice involving postural, exercise or ergonomic considerations is provided. If chiropractic care is not recommended, then  an alternative recommendation will be suggested.

 

Why choose this clinic?

There is huge diversity in practice styles between one chiropractic clinic and the next. As they are all not the same, it is crucial that you explore the characteristics of the clinic prior to booking in. This will help you avoid some potential disappointment.

Initial consultations are around 45 minutes and include a treatment on the day.

Standard chiropractic consultations last 15-20 minutes.  You are not rushed and will have time to ask questions.

Practitioners pride themself on being on time. They are rarely behind any more than 5 minutes.

Consultations are always one on one, so you will have their complete attention.

Spinal adjustments or manipulation are delivered very gently and skillfully. However, if you don’t feel comfortable receiving them, simply advise the practitioner and an alternative technique can be immediately applied.

Most treatments incorporate soft tissue techniques and stretching procedures.

X-rays of your spine are not routinely taken. They will only be recommended if clinically necessary, and will incur no cost to you, as they are bulk billed using your Medicare card.

You will not be routinely pressured into some embarrassingly long-term program of repeated visits that you don’t need or want (although there are a small number of people who do require some serious work, hence heavy scheduling is warranted). Options will be provided, and you choose which approach is appealing to you.

Periodic maintenance visits are not compulsory. They may be recommended for some people, but not everyone. We are comfortable with patients contacting us on a need’s basis.

Self-management strategies that will enable you to take control of your health problems are emphasized. E.g. Exercise, ergonomic, postural and dietary.

Fees coincide closely with the association fee guidelines. They’re reasonable given the time spent with you in consultation and the quality of the service. The clinic is a ‘pay by the visit’ service. We don’t offer yearly memberships.

 

 

 

 

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