Frequently Asked Questions
Who can see a chiropractor?
Chiropractors are trained to treat all manner of people, including
pregnant women, new-born babies, children, athletes, the elderly and
frail. A thorough history is taken and physical examination is performed
before any treatment is recommended or given to any new patient.
Everyone's treatment is tailored to their specific needs;
therefore, a baby would not be treated in the same manner as a healthy
Why see a chiropractor?
Headaches, back and neck pain are the most common reasons people visit a
chiropractor; however, chiropractic can help with a whole range of musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractic care can also be an effective way of preventing problems from developing and/or keeping them under control. More and more people are seeking preventative
care as they find they are able to maintain better health and have less down time
from their busy lives.
Some patients may also report weakness or numbness in their hands and feet, or get pain in other joints such as hips, knees shoulders and elbows. All of these symptoms can result from
spinal dysfunction and associated nerve interference. We recommend that
everyone should have their spine checked.
What qualifications are required by chiropractors?
Becoming a chiropractor requires a minimum five year full-time university
education with an emphasis on the biological sciences. Chiropractic education includes detailed Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, Neurology, Radiology, Orthopaedics as well as Systemic Diagnostic subjects. A chiropractic course is offered at three Universities in Australia including Macquarie University (Sydney), Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology (Melbourne) and Murdoch University (Perth). Chiropractors must also undergo continued education courses to be registered in Australia.
How long will it take for me to get better?
Chiropractic results may vary from person to person. While many patients get results quickly others find recovery takes longer to be achieved. Many external factors will affect recovery including a patients age, weight, level of physical activity etc. Children often respond quickly, whilst adults with long-standing
spinal problems heal more slowly.
Once you are experiencing better health, you may choose
ongoing chiropractic care. Like brushing your teeth, eating wholesome
foods and other healthy habits, a regular chiropractic checkup makes
sense. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always
up to you.
What can I do to help your spine?
- Strengthen your spine: Specific exercises may be
recommended by your chiropractor as muscles that support your spine
often need to be retrained to assist recovery.
- Lift with your legs: Keep your back straight and the load close to the body, as you lift with your legs. Improper lifting can invite a relapse.
- Avoid extreme bending: Use caution when bending or working overhead. Avoid sudden twists and turns.
- Get adequate rest: Proper rest is an important
element of the healing process. Use a mattress that offers firm support
and avoid sleeping on your stomach.
- Watch your diet: During the healing process, good nutrition is more important than ever.
- Ask questions: Spinal care is new for most people.
Understanding your condition and the treatment process is important to
assist recovery. We welcome your questions.
- Keep appointments: Those that take responsibility
for their health generally get faster relief and better results. Your
chiropractor has scheduled your care according to your individual needs.
Try to avoid changes to a schedule of care without first discussing
them with your chiropractor.