1. What is a chiropractic adjustment?
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 function. The purpose of the adjustment is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function and improved health.
There are many ways to adjust the spine, usually the chiropractors hands or a specifically designed instrument delivers a brief 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.
2.What should I expect after your first chiropractic treatment?
First and foremost your body will feel different!
Some temporary muscle soreness is to be expected. This soreness is similar to what is felt after working out or activity. It is important to understand that healing is a process and although your soreness may have come on suddenly, the problem is usually much older and takes time to stabilize. Rest assured that with your treatment, your body has begun to heal.
3. What type of educational qualifications do chiropractors receive?
Today’s chiropractor is a highly educated professional. Chiropractic training in Australia involves five year courses at Sydney’s Macquarie University, Melbourne’s RMIT University and Perth's Murdoch University. Many Australian chiropractors received similar education in the US, Europe or New Zealand.These courses are of similar length and depth as medical courses, but focus on promoting healthier lifestyles via better body function, rather than on drugs and surgery. Accordingly, chiropractic education involves a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects.A chiropractor’s education never ends. After entering practice, all CAA chiropractors must complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
4.Do I need a referral from a GP to see a chiropractor?
Chiropractors are primary contact, primary healthcare practitioners – as such, no form of referral is required as a prerequisite to visit a chiropractor
5. Do private health funds cover chiropractic?
Chiropractic care is covered by most private health fund providers. (BUPA, NIB, Medibank etc) The amount that you can claim depends on the fund and the type of coer that you have. Please check your policy for further information.
6.For how long will i need chiropractic care?
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 goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
7.Will i need X-Rays?
Depending on what your patient history reveals, you may or may not need x-rays. If your chiropractor recommends an xray, you can be referred to a radiology centre of your choice. Provided that you have a current Medicare card your spinal x-rays can be bulk-billed.
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