FAQs

Why Chiropractic care?

It is a scientific fact that your brain, spinal cord, and the rest of your nerves control every aspect of your body. Your existence depends on the trillions of signals traveling every second between your brain, nerves and body.

 

Your spine ‘houses’ and protects this nervous system.

 

Problems in your spine (we call them subluxations) can cause ‘short circuits’ to this signal transmission affecting your overall health.

 

Optimum health expression is the result of a properly functioning spine, a healthy lifestyle and a positive mental attitude. Families want safe and natural health care solutions.

 

Chiropractors are the spinal health experts.

 


 

What is a Chiropractic adjustment?

An adjustment is what a Chiropractor applies to add motion to a joint, helping the joint(s) to gradually regain more normal movement and function. This then allows nerve transmission to normalise. Simply put it is a small push in the right direction, at the right joint level, at the right time.

 

The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.

 

The Chiropractor is highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting techniques, depending on the needs of the individual person.

 


 

Who needs chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is for all ages. Everyone can benefit from safe, gentle and effective Chiropractic care. In our Centre we utilise many different techniques depending on what is best for the individual, whatever their age and stage of life.

 


 

At what age should chiropractic begin?

In our opinion, all newborn babies should have their spines checked by a Chiropractor especially after a difficult or traumatic birth. This is gentle and painless, with techniques applied specifically for babies.

 


 

Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?

Yes adjustments are safe. In the words of the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry, Chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.”1

 

Chiropractic has an excellent safety record.

 

It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.2

 

Where Chiropractic care is concerned cases of serious injury are practically nonexistent, especially when compared to other medical disciplines.

 

Global risk-aware insurance companies recognise the safety of today's Chiropractic care; the premiums for malpractice insurance paid by Chiropractors are a mere fraction of what medical practitioners must pay - chiropractic care is safe.

 

References:

1 Chiropractic in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry. (1979). Hasselberg PD, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand.

2 Dabbs, V., & Lauretti, W.J. (1995). A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation vs NSAIDs for the Treatment of Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics,18(8), 530-536

 


 

Is Chiropractic care appropriate for children?

Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems. While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child’s spine, skull, pelvis and extremities is the unique domain of a Chiropractor.

 

Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains”may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular Chiropractic check-ups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults.

 

Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies.

 


 

Is Chiropractic safe during pregnancy?

Many women experience back pain during pregnancy due to the added weight placed on and in front of the spine.

 

Studies have shown that by providing a consistent program of Chiropractic care for the expectant mum, the nervous system and spine display healthy benefits before, during and after the birth. These mums seem to require less intervention.

 

Regular Chiropractic care can help to maintain uterine ligament flexibility and balance. When the growing baby is comfortable it can assume the optimal birthing position. When the mother remains supple, the baby can move more easily through the birth canal.

 

Post-natal Chiropractic care has also been found to be beneficial for a return to normal spine and pelvic function.

 


 

I have no pain. Why should I see a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors are uniquely trained to detect potential problems in your spine and nerve system even when you have no symptoms. This is ‘keeping you well’ or preventative health care. In other words, why wait for the ‘wheels to fall off’ before checking the ‘car’.

 

It only takes the weight of a 5 cent piece resting on a nerve to change the information and therefore function of the nervous system up to 60%. So it doesn’t take much!

This change in nerve transmission may not result in symptoms/pain straight away but it may mean that parts of your body are only receiving, say, 40% of their nerve supply. That means that the organ/muscle/soft tissue that the nerve is supplying can’t then work at optimum efficiency. The spine is a window into your health… and that’s something worth caring for!

 


 

Do Chiropractic adjustments hurt?

In most cases, adjustments don’t hurt at all. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing.

 

With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as spinal movement is restored, such as when a wet glass is removed from a table.

 

Some Chiropractors use a hand held instrument to adjust the spine. Others use pelvic blocks to re-align the body. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique, the Chiropractor uses skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.

 


 

How long will I need Chiropractic Care?

Spinal problems, often neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes in the spine.

Most patients, after experiencing how good they can be with Chiropractic care, choose on-going adjustments to maintain this benefit. Our busy, stressful lifestyles, (often also lacking exercise and good nutrition) can act to ‘tighten up’ the spine, so regular adjustments can help counteract these effects and thus help to maintain good health.

 

Some patients seek Chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time consuming, chiropractors are ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from Chiropractic care is always up to you.

 


 

Am I too old for Chiropractic care?

More and more ‘seniors’ are now consulting Chiropractors. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural Chiropractic care is a popular choice.

Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. The adjusting technique used by the Chiropractor will be modified for maximum comfort and results.

 


 

Why do I need Chiropractic for my organisation?

Did you know that back problems are responsible for ONE-THIRD of all Australian work-place injuries?

 

Our backs were not designed to spend long periods of time sitting at desks, or lifting heavy weights - both common features of many work environments. After headaches and colds, back pain is the third most common reason for taking time off work.3

 

Back, neck and spinal problems are also big contributors to lost productivity in the work place, and many Australians suffer at work as a result of incorrect posture, extended computer use and poor ergonomics.

 

Lower back pain is one of the commonest causes of disability among people of working age, and its impact on industry is enormous. The specific work-related physical activities that have been hypothesized to be associated with the onset of low back symptoms include: lifting heavy weights, bending and twisting...[and] working in the same position for long periods of time”4.

 

Chiropractors are the spinal health experts, and study for five years full time at university. Each week, there are approximately 200,000 visits to Australian Chiropractors for a broad range of reasons. Chiropractors are highly qualified and trained to provide specialist advice on issues such as posture, ergonomics, exercise and nutrition - all of which are important aspects for a healthy workplace.

  

3 Lavelle, P. (2005). Fact File: Back pain. Retrieved from www.abc.net.au/health/library/stories/2005/04/24/1829000.htm

4 Macfarlane, G.J., Thomas,E., Papageorgiou, A.C., et al. (1997). Employment and Physical Work Activities as Predictors of Future Low Back Pain. SPINE, 22(10), 1143-1149.

 


 

The difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?

In understanding the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy, we recommend referring to the definition of each practice. Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. 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.

 

Physiotherapy, as described by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, “uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness.

 

Each individual is different and must make their own choice about the most appropriate method of care for them.

 

We believe Chiropractic, with its central focus on the spine, nervous system and their impact on  the entire body provides a health care option that can help manage pain as well as assist in achieving optimal well-being.

 


 

What about Chiropractic research?

Just some examples of where Chiropractic research is heading include its affect on:

  • Asthma

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Colic
  • Headache
  • Sinusitis
  • Inability to sleep
  • Difficulties with pregnancy
  • Ear infections
  • Overall Quality of Life