What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?

When we experience back or neck pain it is often due to joints that have locked or fixated and this in turn restricts the normal motion and function.  A chiropractic adjustment uses force in a precise direction which helps move the joints to gradually regain its natural movement.

A Chiropractic adjustment realigns the joints  improving  your spinal function,  your nervous  system function which leads to improved health and well being.

What Education And Regulation Do Chiropractors Have?

Chiropractic training in Australia involves five year University courses. Chiropractors are government regulated and must apply to government established Chiropractic registration boards – whose regulations Chiropractors must strictly adhere to in order to maintain registration to practice – exist in all Australian states and territories to ensure increased public safety for the Australian population. These bodies are responsible for maintaining the highest standards for all practitioners. These University 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, most Chiropractors attend yearly professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Chiropractic has an excellent safety record which is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.

In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Do I Need A Referral To See A Chiropractor?

Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners therefore a referral is not necessary. However more and more GP’s are referring to Chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC).

Can I Claim Chiropractic On My Health Insurance?

Yes, here at Alfred Cove Chiropractic we can process your claim after your visit.  We have access to over 500 health funds.

How much does a Chiropractic session cost?

The first visit will be a consultation and examination and will cost $85.  This will almost in every appointment include an adjustment.  Subsequent visits are $63 if paid on the day, $56 for pensioners and children.  For easy convenience, we can process your private health claim on the day.

Who will benefit from a Chiropractic Adjustment?

In a word: EVERYONE

If you are experiencing back or neck pain.

If you are pregnant.  Chiropractic care can mean a less stressful pregnancy and a more comfortable delivery.  It is safe for both mother and fetus. Spinal adjustments are especially gentle during pregnancy as far less force is required to correct misalignments. Many mothers to be experience back pain and other discomforts during pregnancy as the growth of your baby and hormonal changes can affect the spinal joints and surrounding tissues.

Your newborn and your children – Adjustments to newborns and children’s spines are different from those given to the adult spine and are very gentle, and can greatly improve their health and comfort. Since birth can result in significant trauma to the newborn, especially their delicate necks, many parents are choosing to have their newborns checked by a Chiropractor. Parents struggling with babies with colic, reflux, poor sleep, and poor feeding can have wonderful improvements with chiropractic.  Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems. Many childhood complaints, such as “growing pains”, can be traced back to the spine. Toddlers and children with problems such as continued bed wetting, growing pains, sleeping problems, scoliosis, headaches, susceptibility to colds etc can greatly benefit from chiropractic care. Remember pain is a very poor indicator in children as their pain receptors and nervous system is not fully developed until the age of 18!

The elderly -These days the over 50 community is probably more active than the younger community! So more and more people are seeking the help of a Chiropractor to naturally improve the function and health of their body. Many people report improved mobility, energy and vitality, as well as improvements to some long standing chronic conditions or arthritic problems. Your Chiropractor can modify their adjustments to suit your spine in all phases of your life.

Workers Compensation and Motor Vehicle Insurance  

Research has proven Chiropractic is a very effective approach to managing work related injuries leading to a speedy recovery and full restoration of health. Chiropractic has also been proven to be better than other forms of care but also very cost effective in the treatment of worker’s compensation claims saving not only on medical expenses but also in time spent injured away from the work place.

Chiropractic is fully covered by worker’s compensation insurance and requires approval of your chiropractic care plan by your insurance company. No referral is necessary but it is recommended that you visit your G.P. to document your claim and assist in the process.  Injured workers have the right to choose the type of care they wish to receive so ask for your Doctor’s approval for Chiropractic when you visit their office. If you have any problems with this process please let us know. Chiropractic care is available to those in need after a motor vehicle accident and is covered under most insurance policies. In the event of an accident please notify your insurance company and notify your doctor whether you are injured and especially if you are going to need health assistance. Special paper work will need to be filled out in the chiropractic office for your claim to be processed and approved.

Do Chiropractic Adjustments hurt?

In most cases,  not at all. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing.

With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as spinal movement is restored. Some Chiropractors use a hand held instrument to adjust the spine. Others use pelvic blocks to re-align the body. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique, Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.

What should you bring with you and wear?

Most Chiropractors will take care of people in the clothes they come in with. However any bulky clothing, such as a heavy winter jacket or thick jumper would need to be removed. A small percentage of Chiropractors will require their clients to be gowned.