A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually the chiropractor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly-accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant or indirect pressure.
After years of university training and clinical experience, each chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.
Chiropractors are the spinal health experts. Helping to restore proper spinal biomechanics and improved nervous system function begins with a patient’s case history. This gives the chiropractor a background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details affecting your current health. After reviewing your history and discussing your specific problem, a thorough orthopaedic, neurological, and chiropractic examination is performed. X-rays may be taken to uncover structural and functioning problems associated with the spinal column.
These examinations help identify areas of spinal malfunction and resulting nervous system deficit. The findings of these examinations are explained and a plan of chiropractic adjustments may be recommended. Progress is monitored with periodical examinations and follow-up reports.
What is the difference between a chiropractor, osteopath and a physiotherapist? 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".
Osteopathy as described from ‘Osteopathy; The Art of Practice’ “As: When blood and lymphatics flow freely, the tissues can perform their physiologic functions without impedance. With the occurrence of trauma (physical or emotional), the tissues contract, twist, and compress and fluid flow becomes obstructed. Micro-climates of under perfusion result, and are considered to be a significant contributor to the onset of disease. Osteopathic manipulation restores freedom in the tissues, normalizes fluid flow and thus inherent physiologic function (healing) follows”.
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 entire body provides a health care option that can help manage pain as well as assist in achieving optimal well-being.
What will happen on my first chiropractic visit? The aim of your first visit is to collect as much information on you (the patient) as possible.
On your first chiropractic visit, you will be asked to fill in a ‘New Patient’ questionnaire. This questionnaire includes items such as your address, date of birth etc to ensure our records are accurate and complete, as well as questions about your past medical history which the chiropractor will use as part of your health assessment.
Your chiropractor will perform both a case history and a physical examination. Additional tests such as x-rays maybe recommended and taken, and the majority of costs can be claimed on Medicare.
An adjustment may not be given on the first consultation as the chiropractor may need time to evaluate all information before making an assessment on the safest and most beneficial treatment options.
In most cases, not at all! In fact, most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. Generally, all that you may hear is a gentle popping noise as the spinal segments begin to work a little more effectively. Noting that the degree of response will also depend on the state of the client’s health and the severity of the presenting complaint, the sensations will be different for every patient.
A handout will be given to you that explains what will happen after the first treatment. You will also be contacted the next day to also make sure all has gone well with the treatment. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique, Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.
This question is best answered with the classic response: “how long is a piece of string?” Everybody is different and everyone’s body will respond differently to chiropractic treatment. The type and speed of response will depend on such things as your age, level of health, severity of any presenting conditions, predisposing factors (such as arthritis) and regularity of care.
How regular your appointments need to be will vary based on a number of factors, including things like the level of your health and fitness, the severity of any current health complaints and your age.
Your appointments are scheduled in such a way as to maximize the benefit gained from your care. It is very important that you keep your appointments as arranged. Your chiropractor will outline a specific schedule for your care, which will require a certain amount of visits within a certain amount of time. This is vital for spinal and postural corrections to occur. This schedule for appointments will be determined by the findings of the chiropractor from the chiropractic tests and x-rays (if applicable).
To achieve the maximum benefit from Chiropractic, it is essential that you follow your chiropractor’s recommendations, as the benefit from each session accumulates and builds on your last session.Missing or postponing appointments may interfere with your desired health outcomes.
Generally, yes, and it really depends on what goals you wants to achieve from Chiropractic. You may only be interested in getting rid of the pain, or maybe are more focused on making chiropractic part of your own lifestyle.
For those that are wanting to incorporate chiropractic into their lives, the process of chiropractic care takes on a new definition. Chiropractic becomes a service you can utilise to maximize and upkeep your general wellbeing.
This is a commonly asked question. In actual fact, chiropractors are trained and educated to deal with all neuromuscular skeletal problems of the body. This literally translates into nerve, muscle and bone problems.
Beside ‘fixing’ backs and necks, Chiropractors are also involved in the treatment and rehabilitation of all types of joint injuries including feet, ankles, knees, hips, hand, elbow and shoulder complaints.
We are also trained to treat a variety of muscle sprains and strains. At the Mount Street Chiropractic Centre we are equipped with machines that will accelerate the recovery from all types of musculoskeletal problems.
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.
More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.
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 your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results. As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.
Absolutely! As discussed in ‘Do chiropractors only fix backs and necks?’, chiropractors have quite an extensive understanding and knowledge of injuries and trauma that can occur outside of the spinal region. This also incorporates sporting injuries. Sports Chiropractic Australia (SCA) is the premier body of chiropractic sports representation in Australia and is involved with many sporting events Australia wide and also internationally.
Sporting teams from many codes now regard chiropractic both as an essential presence when participating in competitive events and an important service in the rehabilitation of their players. SCA also holds regular
review and education sessions which allow chiropractors to be at the forefront of advancement of sports injury related therapy.
All of Inate Health’s chiropractors are members of SCA.
We believe if you have a spine, then it should be checked by a chiropractor. Chiropractors are trained to assess and evaluate the condition of your spine and in many instances they can detect problems before they become major issues. Pain is not a very good indicator that there is something wrong. It is the first thing to go away when you have treatment and the last thing to appear when you have a problem.
Chiropractors are required to adhere to strict and extensive educational requirements and standards to become registered health professionals in Australia.
Australian chiropractors are five year university trained, and are government registered and government regulated health professionals.
To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you 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.
Currently there are three universities in Australia that have chiropractic degree programs: RMIT University in Melbourne (VIC) offers a Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic) – 3 year undergraduate program, followed by a Master of Clinical Chiropractic – 2 year post-graduate program. Macquarie University in Sydney (NSW) has a three year Bachelor of Chiropractic Science which provides the basis for entry into a two year Master of Chiropractic. Murdoch University in Perth (WA) offers a five year Bachelor of Chiropractic.
Successful completion of the whole program of study is required for professional registration as a chiropractor. The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) maintains an open line of communication with the three educational institutions running chiropractic degree programs.
Members of the profession and the Association’s chief executive attend course advisory committee meetings and regular discussions are held between the universities’ academic staff and the CAA National Board.
A chiropractor’s education never ends. After entering practice, all chiropractors must complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
In the words of the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.” 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.
Spinal problems, 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 to the spine.
Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of 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 stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
If you’re new to Chiropractic care, you’ll want to know what type of result you can expect. Individual experience varies from person to person, but most people can expect some benefits soon after beginning care and for these to consolidate further as therapy continues. Statistically too, research shows that Chiropractic care is more effective and economical and also gives longer lasting results for disorders of the spine than other forms of health care.
Most Chiropractors will take care of people in the clothes they come in with. However any bulky clothing, such as a heavy winter jacket or thick jumper would need to be removed. A small percentage of Chiropractors will require their clients to be gowned.
Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners therefore a referral is not necessary. However more and more GPs are referring to Chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC).