Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural health care profession focused on restoring optimal nerve system function with the aim of improving health and quality of life.

What does Chiropractic do – how does it help?

Chiropractic enhances nerve system function to improve health and quality of life. By removing nerve interference, particularly from the spinal cord, this allows the body to function at its optimal level again.

What injuries/conditions does Chiropractic help?

Chiropractic helps with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions from low back and neck pain, to sciatica, to headaches. Research has also shown chiropractic to be affective in the treatment of other health conditions such as asthma and high blood pressure.

What happens in an adjustment?

The process of getting adjusted involves a small gentle force being applied to a specific vertebra of the spine that is misaligned to allow it to regain its normal position. This removes pressure on the nerve to allow the body to function at its optimal level again. We use a hand held instrument, called an Activator, to deliver this small force, thereby taking away the need to use manual ‘twist and crack’ adjustments usually associated with chiropractic care.

Will it Hurt?

No. The process of being adjusted uses low force with high speed, allowing for the procedure to be comfortable and completely pain free for the patient.

Is it safe?

Yes if it is performed by a fully qualified Doctor of Chiropractic who is trained and licensed to deliver chiropractic care.

Why would a newborn need to get adjusted?

Research shows that trauma caused during the birthing process may cause nerve interference in up to 80% of newborns. Chiropractic removes that interference to allow the body to function at its optimal level.

What does an adjustment feel like?

An adjustment is very gentle and comfortable. When delivered using the Activator, it feels no worse than getting a light poke.

Will I have to come for a long time?

This depends entirely on your goals and how long the problem has been there. If you are simply looking for a bit of pain relief, then a few sessions may suffice, however if you want to correct the underlying cause of the problem, then a longer program of care may be required.

What can I expect on the first visit?

The first visit is designed to see if you are a candidate for chiropractic care. It is for you to let us know what goals you wish to reach and for me to determine how well your spine is working and how much damage is present.

and…Second Visit?

This visit allows us to go through your treatment program. We will let you know how much damage you have, where the problems are, how much treatment you will require and how much this will cost. At which point you will be able to decide if you wish to proceed with treatment. Time will be set aside for your first treatment on this visit if you wish to commence.

Gentle adjustments – what are those & how are they different?

This type of adjustment is delivered using a small hand held instrument called an Activator instead of using traditional ‘twist and crack’ type adjustments usually associated with chiropractic care. They are very gentle and relaxing.

I have osteoporosis can I get Chiropractic?

Yes. Once you let us know about the underlying condition we will tailor a care plan based on your needs. This may also include using a much gentler technique to avoid any potential damage to your spine.

I’ve had back surgery, can I get adjusted?

Yes. We look after and have helped numerous patients who have already had spinal surgery. While the progress is usually faster when patients have not had surgery, we still help a lot of people who have had failed surgical procedures.

Is some back pain considered normal?

No. Pain is a warning system. It is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. You should always address it immediately to correct the problem.

What do you mean when you say you look at the problem holistically?

We look for the cause of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. Getting people out of pain is all good and well but we always recommend to focus on correcting the cause so that it does not return again.

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