FAQ

Who are Chiropractors?

Chiropractors are registered nationally and are regulated healthcare professionals. Chiropractic is a surgery-free, drug-free treatment modality that focuses on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal body system and the prevention of those mechanical disorders.  This includes the effects of musculoskeletal disorders on the functioning of the nervous system and general health. According to the Australian Chiropractic Association website, chiropractors focus on the “detection and correction of aberrant spinal function and its subsequent effect on how the nervous system controls and coordinates the body.”

Australian chiropractors are highly qualified healthcare professionals who graduate from University after study for a minimum of five years. As with other healthcare professions, chiropractors comply with nationally recognised standards of qualification which enable them to practice in Australia. 

Reference: Australian Chiropractor’s Association website

 

What is an Adjustment?

A chiropractor uses a precise technique called an “adjustment” to restore movement to a joint, to release pressure on the spine or joints, and to remove interference caused by spinal joint dysfunction.  The adjustment restores function to the specific spinal joint and enables it to function effectively and reduce muscle tension and spasm. Chiropractic adjustments are gentle and effective.  

Our Chiropractors are trained to use a variety of different ways of performing adjustments – these are tailored to our clients and their needs.  Not all clients have “manual” adjustments (where there may be a popping sound – refer to “What about that Popping Sound?”). The typical chiropractic care of infants and young children involves the use of low-force low-amplitude techniques. 

We also use a simple instrument called an “activator” to apply gentle pressure to joints/spine that achieves the same end result. As reported in the Australian Chiropractor’s Association website, “the typical chiropractic care of children involves the use of low-force low-amplitude techniques in contrast to those used on the adult population that typically involve more high velocity, low-amplitude thrust in combination with a variety of low-force low-amplitude treatment procedures”.

Our Chiros do a thorough exam before adjusting you and will talk to you about your needs! We also consult with other health practitioners when indicated to ensure the most appropriate care and health outcome.

 

What Qualifications Do Chiropractors Have?

A Chiropractor trains for 5 years at University to learn how to identify and correct spinal joint dysfunction.  Our Chiropractors, Gray Moritz, Dr Carla Wood and Dr Louise Christophersen are registered with AHPRA (a body of the Australian Government that monitors all health professionals). 

Our chiropractors are required to regularly attend seminars and workshops to keep up to date with advances in chiropractic and healthcare.

Since the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895, the chiropractic profession has rapidly grown to be the third-largest field of health care behind medicine and dentistry. In fact it is the LARGEST surgery-free, drug-free health profession in the world!

Chiropractors are trained to assess each individual patient and modify the spinal manual therapy to suit the age and presenting condition of their patient.

Chiropractic is considered a low-risk health modality as outlined by the Australian Chiropractor’s Association on their website:  Published studies and reports through the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme show that chiropractic is a low risk health modality. While chiropractic treatment is generally considered safe, occasionally it may cause adverse reactions in some people. Similar techniques by other practitioner groups who have the ability to practise restricted acts as defined by law, also demonstrate low risk and harm. 

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What Causes Spinal Joint Dysfunction?

A number of factors may lead to spinal joint dysfunctions or musculoskeletal disorders:

  • poor posture,
  • trauma (falls, whiplash, bumps & bruises!),
  • birth (including both normal & traumatic births),
  • learning to crawl and walk,
  • work/school environment,
  • sport – impacts, tackles, overuse injuries,
  • certain types of stress – emotional/chemical.
 

What about that Popping Sound?

Gas is sometimes released when your Chiropractor restores movement to the joint (an “adjustment”). This sometimes makes a popping sound and this is completely normal.

The popping sound does not happen with every adjustment and depends on the technique used. There is not usually any pain associated with the popping sound.

Note:  the bones do not actually “crack” – it is just the sound of gas being released between the joints!

Do I Have to Get an Xray?

 Your chiropractor will individually assess your spinal health and based on a thorough health history and physical examination determine whether an xray is required or not.

In many cases an xray is not required but based on your health history sometimes we require further information to either determine the severity of a problem or give us better information to provide the best care possible.

If required we will tell you the reason why and the type of scan required.

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