Frequently Asked Questions… Answered



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

Q. Why is it a good idea to visit a Chiropractor?

Chiropractic can care assist with pain relief, it corrects dysfunction in the musculoskeletal 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.
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. 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. 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. 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