Frequently Asked Questions… Answered

FAQS

 

At the Chiropractic Domain we are asked a range of questions daily. Here is a list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). If you cannot find the answer to your question, please do not hesitate to call one of our clinics or email us at enquiries@thechiropracticdomain.com.au

Q. Why is it a good idea to visit a Chiropractor?
A. the best way to manage your health is to prevent health issues arising in the first place. Chiropractic is a safe, proven and effective drug free choice in spainal healthcare. Not only does Chiropractic care assist with pain relief, it corrects dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system and nerve system. Chiropractors can also provide lifestyle health advice on diet, flexibility, exercise and improving you postural fitness.
Q. Do Chiropractic adjustments hurt?
A. Generally, Chiropractic adjustments do not hurt. You may feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint and spinal movement is restored.
Q. What do Chiropractors do?
A. Chiropractors adjust the spine and musculoskeletal system to minimise pain and movement problems caused by vertebral misalignments to optimise overall health.
Q. Do I have to have x-rays taken before I can have treatment?
A. Before adjusting the spine a thorough examination is conducted by your chiropractor. Part of this examination often includes x-rays that can be done in the clinic.It is very important to us to rule out unknown factors behind pain, stiffness or discomfort before adjusting your spine. Read more here.
Q. I am worried that the technique used is too harsh for my child, is the technique different for babies and children?

 A. There are a variety of techniques that are used and are appropriate for children depending on their presentation. For example using hands-on low force adjustments or ‘Activator’ instrument adjusting. Any adjustments performed on a child are first discussed with the parent or guardian before treatment begins.

Q.How long before I will see any results?

 A. Everybody is different. Many patients say that they feel different after just one adjustment! Others find that it take several weeks to the body to respond. Each adjustment builds on the one before and over time the spine is encouraged to make changes and healing begins.  Some of the factors that will influence your response is the length of time you have had the problem, whether there is evidence of previous injury or wear and tear, and the lifestyle you lead. However, what is true for everyone is that if you follow our treatment recommendations and engage yourself in the healing process by doing the exercises, stretches and posture changes we suggest for you, you will get the best response in the shortest possible time.

Q. Do you have the facilities for me to claim my private health rebate at the time of my appointment?

A. Both practices have onsite HICAPS claiming facilities available.  We can claim your private health on the spot with your current card, should you have “extras” covering Chiropractic.
We can also claim medicare bulk billing on the spot if you are an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) patient.
Patients with a Gold or White may be eligible for DVA funded care with a referral from their GP.

Q. How much will this cost?

A. Our fees can be found one our “Fees” page

Q. How long will this take?

A. For your initial consultation you should allow up to 45 minutes to 1 hour
For your Report of Findings (2nd consultation and treatment) you should allow 30-45 minutesAny subsequent appointments take between 5 & 15 minutes, so they are easily slotted into your day.As far as how long it will take for you to be “fixed” that is;
a) dependent on how you approach chiropractic, either as a band-aid for pain or as a wellness journey in the pursuit of health, not cure.
b) your symptoms, age and lifestyle outside of chiropractic

Q. Can I get a massage while I’m getting chiropractic treatment or will this “undo” all your work?

A. We encourage you to try remedial massage alongside Chiropractic care if you feel it will help you. Remedial Massage can compliment the work that your Chiropractor has done. Massage focuses on soft tissue manipulation to relax the muscles and optimise health, chiropractic adjusts misalignments of the spine. This can be easier when the muscles are already relaxed by massage. There is an on-site remedial massage therapist available at both practices.

Q. Do you have Eftpos facilities?

 A. Yes, we do have Eftpos facilities. We accept cash, most major credit cards and cheque.
Please note, we do not accept American Express.

Q. How do you differ from other chiropractors?

A. Chiropractors vary a great deal in the management of problems, some providing quick-fix, ‘band-aid’ types of care or dealing with the presenting issues only. Others look for contributing or underlying factors and work towards a longer term solution, we have the latter approach. Chiropractors also differ in their adjusting techniques and assessment methods. We routinely use neuro–spinal functional measuring technology and employ radiographic analysis of postural spinal x-rays. Chiropractors also differ when it comes to promoting and encouraging healthy lifestyles and well-being and teaching their clients about how they can help themselves. We identify with being “Health Promoting Chiropractors”

Q. Is Chiropractic Safe?

A. The New Zealand Government’s Inquiry found that Chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.” As Chiropractic does not use invasive techniques or addictive drugs it is very safe.1In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of Chiropractic care was250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.2

Q. Am I too old to start Chiropractic?

 A. You are never too old to start anything, especially Chiropractic. Chiropractic is suited to, and safe for all ages. In fact a study on seniors with neck pain using Chiropractic and gentle exercise can be read about here.
“Neck pain affects an estimated 20% of adults over the age of 70. Unfortunately, many elderly patients suffer from coexisting conditions, and because of the possibility of drug interference, cannot use prescription painkillers. Others may wish to use drug-free treatments out of personal preference. This makes conservative treatments like chiropractic care all the more important for the management of neck pain in the elderly.”

Q. What technique do you use?

A. Our primary technique is using manual adjusting using a special “drop-piece” table as well as Diversified and Gonstead. There are some occasions when it is appropriate for us to use gentle techniques such as SOT (sacro-occiptial technique), or NIP (neuro impulse protocol)  in acute cases or with children, infants , pregnancy or frail adults.

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