Can I claim on Medicare
No, unfortunately not! Medicare does offer patients up to 5 treatments per year with a Chiropractor under an “Allied Health” initiative; however this must be requested and approved by your GP first. Chiropractic is however covered under most health fund “extras” cover so if you have applicable cover, you can claim your health fund rebate onsite through our Hicaps facility.
Are spinal adjustments dangerous?
No. Spinal adjustments are safe. Each adjustment is performed differently according to the patient and their specific needs. The force applied in an adjustment is kept as gentle as possible and the individual patient’s age, spinal condition and pain levels are always considered when determining the best treatment approach. A study that compared the safety of a course of chiropractic care to a course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), showed chiropractic care to be between 100 and 400 times safer.
What is the noise I hear during an adjustment?
When your vertebrae are adjusted, tiny pockets of gas are released from the joints, making a ‘popping’ noise. It’s the same sound you hear when your knuckles pop. Not all patients hear this noise, and the noise is more of a by-product of the adjustment. The adjustment will achieve the desired joint and nerve effects whether you hear the noise or not.
Is it true that seeing a chiropractor once means you'll have to keep coming back forever?
Some people see a chiropractor because they have specific symptoms and will only want a short period of care (until the symptoms resolve). Others take a proactive approach and use regular chiropractic care as a means of maintaining and improving spinal health and overall wellbeing.
What qualifications does a chiropractor have?
Chiropractors are 5 year University trained and on completion of their degree must complete a board exam to commence practice. Furthermore, Chiropractors must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to legally practice and are required to “stay current” by completing Continuing Professional Development each year through seminars and learning modules to maintain their Chiropractic Registration with the board.
Do adjustments hurt?
For most patients, chiropractic adjustments are painless. Rarely, mild discomfort may be felt if the patient has inflammation, however before your treatment your Chiropractor will discuss the possibility of this and steps to manage this if it does arise.
How often do I need to be adjusted?
Depends on a number of factors such as what the problem is and its chronicity, age of the patient, their state of health and their level of participation in their own program of care. Each schedule of care is individually tailored for that person.
Can I receive Chiropractic care if I’m pregnant?
Definitely yes! Chiropractic is safe and effective during and after pregnancy. We make certain modifications to your adjustments to keep it as comfortable as possible. A lot of our “expecting” patients report much less back and pelvic discomfort through the latter stages of pregnancy by continuing their chiropractic care to full term. We do not X-ray pregnant patients.
Can babies and children have chiropractic care?
Yes. See our section on “Chiro, Kids and the Elderly” under the “Why Chiropractic” tab.
If I have Osteoporosis can I still receive Chiropractic Care?
Yes, definitely, however your adjustment technique will be modified to allow for a reduction in bone density. We have a large number of patients with Osteoporosis under regular care who report less pain, better mobility and improved health through keeping up with their adjustments.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Even as a Chiropractor, I cannot adjust my own spine. It is simple to make a bone “click”, however to move the correct joint in the correct direction is a skill developed over many years of learned knowledge and practice.
Do I need to have a massage before a Chiropractic adjustment?
No, it is not essential. A lot of patients choose to visit our massage therapist on the same day as their Chiropractic treatment as they feel extra benefit by doing so, but it is not compulsory. Massage therapy does however complement Chiropractic fantastically well.