Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to experience pain before visiting the chiropractor?
No. Besides from acute pain, chronic and ongoing persistent pain is largely determined by the brains behavioural output to multiple converging stimuli (both arising from internal body and external environment). Many neuromusculoskeletal ailments do not always present with pain. The World Health Organisation defines pain as an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. Any symptoms that don t represent your true optimal self that limit your functional or movement capacity other than your current fitness level or pain should warrant you to consult with a chiropractor who places special emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis. In fact, a misdiagnosis or lack of a diagnostic work up on behalf of the clinician combined with a client s perpetual and ongoing ignorance towards their internal awareness can lead to both long term damage and chronic pain syndromes.
Can I use my private health fund?
Yes, we do accept private health funds.
How many visits will I need to feel an improvement in symptoms?
This highly depends on the grade and complexity of your diagnosis. Clients may often present with more than just a singular but an overlay of many diagnoses that may explain their symptoms. Recovery between different people is largely variable and the factors that aid in recovery are multifactorial. In addition, different tissues require different healing times. Much of this can be explained after our first consultation.
When can I resume training?
The lack of or absence of pain should not be an indicator to return to sport or activity. We must address pain first as pain changes everything! Research has shown that pain changes the organisation and sequence of how the body moves, including interfering with creating optimal stability and preventing optimal levels of mobility. It is essential not to bring a fitness solution to a health problem. Once pain is addressed we will take you through the Selected functional movement and other related assessments to prioritize and selectively target appropriate rehabilitation interventions to get you back to optimal performance
What is an adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustment involves a clinician applying a high velocity short amplitude thrust through the restrictive barrier of a joints articulation. The effects of an adjustment incudes pain reduction, reduced muscle stiffness/spasm and increased range of motion.
In the instance that providing an adjustment is contraindicated or not necessary, I may consider the use of several alternative techniques.
What is the cracking sound?
The cracking sound heard during an adjustment has nothing to do with bones vibrating or moving against one another. The cracking sound you hear is due to the formation of a gas bubble. This gas bubble remains within the joint for few milliseconds before it disintegrates.
How are Chiropractors trained and regulated?
WFC Dictionary Definition
World Federation of Chiropractic, 2001
In Australia, Chiropractic is an allied health profession registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Chiropractors are primary contact healthcare practitioners who use manual therapies and active care to treat and prevent dysfunction of the Neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractors consider the biopsychosocial aspects of musculoskeletal pain and work collaboratively with other healthcare providers in the promotion of health and optimum Neuromusculoskeletal function.
The 5-year university double degree studied by Chiropractors in Sydney Australia is of similar length to a university medical degree, with special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, radiology with spinal and extremity adjusting techniques. After entering practice, a chiropractor must complete further education each year through registered courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
What is expected during my first visit?
Upon arrival, you will be given a thorough clinical history questionnaire. Added to this information we will discuss your medical history and current symptomatic complaint in further detail.
Your Chiropractor will undertake neurological, orthopaedic, and physical examinations followed by evaluation of the Spine and extremities to formulate a diagnosis and to rule out other conditions.
Your chiropractor will then discuss with you the specific treatment plan for the management of your problem and answer any questions you may have
Treatment, which will include 10-15 minutes of soft tissue massage as well as full course of chiropractic care (see FAQ for alternative treatments provided)
Functional movement assessment and rehabilitation exercise for those athletes or weekend warriors who aim for peak performance