Got questions about chiropractic? You’re not alone! Here are the most common questions we hear in our clinic.
Is chiropractic care safe?
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. Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength to conduct safe, effective treatments.
Chiropractic care is a natural approach to better health that is proven, safe and effective.
What type of educational qualifications do chiropractors receive?
Today’s chiropractor is a highly educated professional. Chiropractic training in Australia involves 5 year courses at Sydney’s Macquarie University, Melbourne’s RMIT University or Perth’s Murdoch University.
These 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. Also, chiropractic education involves a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, x-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects.
After entering practice, all CAA chiropractors must complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
This is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up” or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the area to regain more normal motion and function.
The purpose of this procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually the chiropractors hands or a specifically designed instrument delivers the thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant, or indirect pressure.
Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?
Yes, chiropractic care is remarkably safe for children. Many childhood complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” can often be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify these problems and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies. More and more families are choosing to include chiropractic as a normal part of their health care regime.
Is chiropractic care appropriate for the over 50’s?
Absolutely, more and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescriptive drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.
How long will I need chiropractic care?
Spinal problems neglected since early childhood may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in good shape. Those who are active, lead stressful lives, or want to be at their very best, find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health and encouraging wellness.
Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain is unbearable. While this style of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time consuming, chiropractors stand ready to help all patients regardless of their health goals.
Do I need a referral from a GP to see a chiropractor?
Chiropractors are primary contact, primary healthcare practitioners – as such no form of referral is required as a prerequisite to visit a chiropractor.
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