My symptoms have gone. Do I still need chiropractic care?
How you decide to use and benefit from chiropractic care is always your decision. As your nervous system controls every cell tissue and organ in your body, regular chiropractic adjustments can be an effective preventative method of health care. Once you have experienced the advantages of chiropractic care, we hope you will choose to have regular spinal check-ups rather than wait until your symptoms return.
Spinal joints can jam or “lock” causing irritation to your nervous system from all sorts of physical, mental, emotional and chemical stresses. So unless you plan on moving to an unpolluted desert island, chiropractic check-ups make sense! Regular chiropractic check-ups are like good hygiene for your spine and nervous system.
When will I feel better?
Your healing and return to well being depends on several factors including and not limited to; the nature of your individual problem, your history of injury, your lifestyle and stressors, and your general health. The longer your spinal dysfunction has existed, the greater the chance that muscle weakness and imbalance, soft tissue damage, accumulation of scar tissue and degenerative changes to your spine have occurred. Although your symptoms may have only recently started, your problem may have been years in the making, perhaps stemming back to your childhood.
Results vary between individuals, however most patients experience benefits and improvement soon after commencing chiropractic care. Others with chronic spinal problems are slower to heal. Children often respond quickly. Based on your chiropractic assessment findings we will recommend the appropriate frequency of adjustments for you to get the best results.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-invasive approach to improved health. Chiropractic is recognised as part of mainstream health delivery and the largest non-prescribing primary contact health profession in the world. Chiropractic utilises a natural conservative approach to health. There are more than 200 000 visits to chiropractors in Australia every week. When compared with drugs or surgical intervention for conditions involving the nervous, muscular and/or skeletal systems, studies have shown chiropractic adjustments to be a safer alternative. For neck pain, studies show that chiropractic adjustments are much safer than the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs by as much as a factor of several hundred times.
In rare cases, chiropractic care may be unsuitable. Your initial consultation where we explore your health history and conduct a thorough chiropractic assessment will alert us if chiropractic care is not for you. If necessary we will refer you on to another appropriate health care professional.
If you have any questions or concerns, always discuss these with your chiropractor.
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How do I know if I need to see a Chiropractor?
While spinal pain is one of the most common reasons that patients seek chiropractic care, it is not the only reason.
Often pain is the last thing to present.
Chiropractic care may assist those who prefer to adopt a preventative approach to maintain and improve their health.
Daily activities and stressors can contribute to areas of dysfunction in your spine, interfering with communication pathways in your nervous system.
You may benefit from a chiropractic assessment if one or more of the list below applies to you.
- I work on a computer / I use my mobile phone a lot
- I carry a heavy shoulder bag / briefcase / backpack
- I lift heavy objects
- My posture is bad
- I am always tired and lacking energy
- I care for children
- I play sport
- I sit all day in my job
- I travel long distances to work
- I don’t sleep well
- My immune system is weak
- I have poor balance
- My concentration is poor
- I can’t turn my neck
Are Chiropractors qualified?
Chiropractors educated in Australia undergo 5 years of full-time university training.
Chiropractic education can be undertaken in Universities in Victoria, NSW, Western Australia and Queensland.
These university courses are fully accredited and recognised internationally.
The focus of chiropractic education emphasises the importance of the spine and nervous system to promote better body health and function.
Do adjustments hurt?
We use gentle chiropractic techniques with minimal force and adapt your adjustments according to your age and presenting problem.
Most patients find their adjustments relaxing and very comfortable.
Any discomfort experienced is usually from existing nerve irritation causing swelling, inflamed tissues and muscle spasm around areas of the spine that have been not been functioning correctly for a long time.
Just like starting a new exercise routine, you may notice some changes in your body after your initial adjustments.
This is a positive sign that your body is adapting to improved function.
As your spine and nervous system begins to function better, your healing process is enhanced.