What is Chiropractic?

chirobabyChiropractic is a primary contact health care profession that is non-invasive and hands-on, focusing on the neuromusculoskeletal system.

Chiropractors provide diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.

We use a combination of treatments, all of which are decided based on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history, orthopaedic, spinal and neurological exam, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment plan, usually involving highly specialised manipulative techniques referred to as adjustments. We may recommend therapeutic exercise and also provide nutritional, ergonomic and lifestyle advice.

Chiropractic care may be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with acute and chronic conditions.

What can I expect during my visit?

We will firstly take a complete history, followed by a spinal and physical examination which will include all the necessary orthopaedic and neurological tests in order to diagnose each patient. We can then develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment plan, usually involving adjustments and soft tissue care. We may recommend therapeutic exercise and also provide nutritional, ergonomic and lifestyle advice. We use a combination of treatments, all of which are decided based on the specific needs of the individual patient. If you have any previous imaging results or other relevant health information, please bring that with you. If we feel the need to have further testing done, appropriate referrals will be made immediately. Patients from Kallangur Chiropractic Clinic who require x-rays can have them bulk-billed.

What exactly is a chiropractic adjustment?

An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. It is high-velocity and low-force and therefore is quite gentle. An adjustment aims to  restore normal movement to a fixated joint in order to optimize function of the joint which then may remove any irritation to spinal nerves. When some joints are adjusted, a gas bubble escapes causing the popping noise you may have heard about. This is the same principle applied as when opening a can of soda. Some techniques, however, do not cause any popping noises and the sound has nothing to do with the quality of the adjustment. Adjustments performed with an instrument known as an activator may also be used in your treatment plan.

Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively, and there are many techniques for a chiropractor to choose to use that are based on the individual patient. Complications are rare and side effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor.

How many times will I have to come?

Every patient will have a different program of care as each person is unique in their circumstances. Once a full assessment is done, we can better provide an accurate prognosis

There are three phases of care:

  • Phase One focuses primarily on symptomatic relief (decreased pain, improved mobility, reduced inflammation)
  • Phase Two corrects long-term causes of your condition
  • Phase Three maintains the benefits achieved and prevents recurring problems

The chiropractor will discuss your health goals and work with you to achieve them.

 

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