Some of our most common questions and their answers can be found listed below. Simply click on each question to reveal the answer. Should you have any further questions or wish to discuss in more detail please call or email us by visiting our contact us page.
All MRI's, CT's and Xrays with their reports. Medicare card where applicable and associated paperwork for example Chronic Care Plan paperwork from the G.P.
Chiropractic care continues to provide effective treatment to millions of people worldwide every year suffering from back pain, neck pain and all other types of joint pain. Chiropractic care has also provided relief from many other musculoskeletal complaints ranging from knee and ankle problems to carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. In fact, if you suffer any musculoskeletal pain or discomfort in any area of the spine or extremities (arms and legs), you are a candidate for safe, natural, non-invasive chiropractic care. If a condition exists which is better suited for treatment by a different medical specialist, chiropractors are fully trained to identify such conditions and make the appropriate referral. However, most patients suffering from musculoskeletal complaints can and are successfully treated by a chiropractor every single day. Common musculoskeletal conditions treated:
All related rotator cuff injuries and bicep tendonitis
Arm pain, weakness, numbness and tingling
Extremities (arms and legs) joint pain and dysfunction
Guyon and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Tennis and golfers elbow
Rehab for knee and hip replacements
Rehab for joint reconstructions
No. You may make an appointment directly with us. If you have a Chronic Care Plan from your G.P. then you will need to bring along the paperwork from your G.P. and your medicare card. Please note we are not a bulk billing clinic. There will always be a gap payment. We charge you the full fee, then we process the medicare rebate for you, which can only be rebated into a savings account via an EFTPOS card.
Often the soft tissue work is where most discomfort is felt when compared to the chiropractic adjustments.
When should I be checked? Chiropractic care aims to reduce pain, free up and improve mobility in joints, strengthen and stabilise injured areas and maintain long term correction through take home physical exercise prescription, but also giving self awareness and mindfulness exercises around your various postures, be it seated, standing, specific work related postures and movements to that individual and how to hold yourself better throughout the day to minimise injuries occurring and re-occurring. The number of treatments required depends entirely on the individuals condition. It's based on how long the problem has been there, the severity of the injury, patient compliance with exercise prescription and adherence and commitment to postural modifications. We do not subscribe to a cookbook/cookie cutter approach. Treatment tends to be more intensive initially in order to free up restricted joints, then we can re-train the compensatory movements, joints, muscles and the nervous system to work correctly through better movement patterns. Almost all patients will see an improvement in their condition within 3 treatments, after which the majority of patients will be seen less frequently as they continue to improve. Once a problem has been corrected most patients will set an interval once every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure long term correction is maintained. There is always room for improvement, how much treatment a patient needs often comes down to their compliance with how well they apply postural awareness prompts they've been given by the chiropractor, adherence to exercise prescription, dietary and lifestyle advice etc. A lot of people are under the belief that it they're not in pain, then everything is ok. Often patient complaints will have been building up over a long period of time and whilst being pain free. It's not until the body experiences a certain threshold of tension or trauma that we're consciously made aware of it through pain. We don't wait for our cars to break down before we get them serviced. We have them serviced at regular intervals to make them more reliable and to prevent them from breaking down on us. Unlike cars, we don't have the luxury of replacing parts so easily and so investing in preventative healthcare is the best way forward.
Chiropractic care can help you and your baby achieve a healthier pregnancy and delivery. It is gentle and safe. In studies conducted by Irvin Hendryson, M.D., a member of the American Medical Association board of trustees, it was shown that women who received chiropractic adjustments in their third trimester of pregnancy were able to carry and deliver children with more comfort. Also, well-known orthopedist Per Freitag, M.D., conducted a hospital study that incorporated chiropractic adjustments during the patient's pregnancy. He found that the need for pain killers during delivery was reduced by half.
During pregnancy many physiological and endocrinological changes take place, all for the purpose of creating an optimal environment for the developing baby. This complex process involves every system of the pregnant woman's body.
The musculoskeletal system is effected by the protruding abdomen, duck-like walk and increased lower back curve. The pelvis changes early in pregnancy due to the release of oestrogen, progesterone and relaxin. These hormones cause the ligaments to relax and soften, which together with increased synovial fluid widens the pelvic joint.
This increased mobility is not restricted to the pelvis only, but may be noticed in other joints and muscles as well. Often this relaxation or softening of the pelvic ligament can contribute to pelvic instability which is the most common cause of lower back pain in pregnant women. Special styles of gentle adjustments are used to safely guide the pelvis and spine into its normal state of balance.
Yes. The cover provided by your private health fund varies depending on which plan you're on within your health fund and also depends on which health fund you're with. For any further questions it's best to consult your health fund. The HICAPS machine is available for on the spot private health fund rebates.
Chiropractic care is appropriate for all ages. After thorough assessment of a child, appropriate and targeted treatment, postural advice and exercises will be given. There's always room for improvement, whether it be simply postural advice and bad habits that can be pointed out by your practitioner which parents can then look out for and hold their children more accountable, whether it is restricted hips due to the bad way they sit which requires soft tissue work to release muscle spasm, mobilise the hip joints, someone might always rest their right elbow on the table and so have an upper body twist which will require the release and mobilisation of potentially the wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck and upper back, point out the bad posture and suggest better postures to hold themselves in, exercises to stop back fatigue and get on top of the problem to prevent recurrences, patients as young as 14 are now presenting with poor posture which creates poor lasting posture, essentially the child is growing crooked which will mean more treatment in their adult life and make them more prone to other related conditions.
A balanced diet and regular exercise will certainly help your condition, but will not necessarily deal with an existing problem in the same way as chiropractic care. While exercise will increase your fitness and core strength, chiropractic can pinpoint problem areas that are reducing your body's efficiency and flexibility.