An ‘Adjustment’ is the application of a precise force to a specific part of the involved spinal segment, using the hands, instrument, blocks or drop piece, (often accompanied by an audible ‘pop’) to restore optimal joint function leading to improved movement and normal nerve transmission.
Scientific reviews of the literature report that spinal manipulation is one of the safest approaches for spine pain. As there are many technique options for delivering an adjustment, your Chiropractor will choose the appropriate techniques based on your age, size, condition, and preference, allowing safe and effective treatment
Will I have to get X-rays?
Not necessarily. Your Chiropractor 1st assesses your condition which will determine if x-rays are necessary.
The purpose of attaining X-ray images is to help evaluate your structural alignment, assess the degree of longer-term degeneration, and exclude underlying pathology and/or trauma. These images can provide valuable and sometimes necessary information to address your health issues.
If you are pregnant you will not be referred for X-rays. Pediatric patients will not be referred for X-rays unless deemed medically necessary.
X-ray imaging is usually bulk-billed through Medicare. The closest location to get your X-rays is a 3min drive from the practice at QScan.
Your Chiropractor will give you his best and honest recommendation for your presenting condition, however, how you choose to go forward with your spinal care is always up to you!
Your Dr will educate you on the differences between alleviating pain, improving function, to allowing your body to achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being.
Chiropractors treat every joint in the body, but the most important are the ones in the spine as they affect the entire nervous system. This means that it can affect more than just one part of the body and more than just pain!
Just as you would get your teeth checked by a dentist for cavities you didn’t know about, or take your car to the mechanic for a service to keep it functioning at its best, Chiropractors recommend regular maintenance check-ups of your spine to detect joint movement problems before they become painful or cause an interruption to your nervous system. Dysfunction of the spinal joints can happen silently and pain is often the last symptom to appear – so keeping it tuned up helps to prevent this.
Children have spines just like adults! An assessment will determine if the child has any spinal dysfunction which could lead to abnormal movement patterns or neurological stress which may have health implications.
Yes, a modified treatment plan may be required for a pregnant woman, but studies show a large majority of women who receive Chiropractic care enjoy reductions in pain and experience and easier birthing process.
Yes, depending on where the spinal surgery has taken place, a careful assessment must take place to address adjacent segmental dysfunction. Treatment of other areas of the spine will still be important for maintaining the lifespan of the joints. The are of spinal surgery may not be directly treated in some cases.
Yes, Gold and Silver card patients are accepted at the clinic. The white card is region specific which needs to be given so that your care can be claimed from DVA. If you require care for another region, a referral by a GP may be required, however it is important to get assessed to ascertain this information.
No, you may make an appointment with a Chiropractor at any point about any musculoskeletal and some health issues without a referral from your GP. A thorough diagnostic assessment will be performed by your Chiropractor on your 1st visit and relevant care or inter-professional referral may take place thereafter.
It is important to notify your Chiropractor of any injuries including motor vehicle accidents you experience between visits. This is important not only for maintaining optimal care for to you, but for appropriate note taking in the case you need make an insurance claim.
Exercises recommended by any practitioner will always be of benefit to the effectiveness of your care. It may be as simple as walking before sitting again at work or in your car, or a small list of strengthening exercises to compliment your adjustment.