- How does chiropractic work, and what sorts of things would I see a Chiropractor for?
- Can I see a Chiropractor for my Workers Compensation claim?
- Can I get Chiropractic treatment for pregnancy related issues?
- Can I be treated while taking anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxants, or other pain reliving medication?
- Will treatment hurt?
- How is Chiropractic different to Physiotherapy?
- Could my bones break or dislocate?
- The last time I visited a Chiropractor I was in & out in 4 minutes, and was hastily adjusted with little-to-nil warm up.
- Can I get treatment on my knees, shoulders, wrists, elbows, and ankles?
- Can infants, primary-school aged children & teenagers be treated?
- How long will the treatment take?
- Will I need x-rays to be taken?
- What should I wear to an appointment?
- What is the cracking sound?
- Who is Chiropractic NOT suitable for?
Chiropractic is a natural healthcare profession with its basis in the function of the nervous system. Primarily, it is a non-drug therapy intended to treat the source of the pain in an effort to improve mobility – rather than mask symptoms to provide a false sense of recovery.
Specifically, Chiropractors consider the function of your nervous system and how it’s influences the rest of your body. For example, your nervous system has a considerable amount of control over your hormones; thought patterns; and bodily functions – with genetics also playing a significant role. As the nervous system is influenced by the body’s musculoskeletal system, imbalances in your joints, bones or muscles will influence the way you’re nervous system functions, thus having a direct effect on your health.
Chiropractic is often regarded as a ‘pain relieving’ therapy, but it is much more than that. When you consider that pain is the conclusive indicator to bodily disorder (i.e. tooth ache = exposed nerve due resulting from increasing tooth decay) it makes sense to apply therapeutic treatment during the early stages of a condition or better yet, as a means of preventative treatment.
As with many other ancillary health providers, Medicare generally doesn’t apply to Chiropractic. However, here at our practices we have established positive working relationships with a couple of nearby radiological clinics – which enable us to refer patients for x-rays with no up-front cost (100% Medicare bulkbilled).
In certain circumstances however, patients with a chronic conditions (continued for longer than 6-months) can qualify for the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Program – which will require approval from a General Practitioner. Should you qualify; you may be entitled to up-to 5 sessions at a time, at the discretion of your General Practitioner.
Yes, but you will need the pre-approval of your General Practitioner to get it paid for by the insurance company – which will be written on your first medical certificate or your progress medical certificate.
In many cases the General Practitioner managing your claim will direct you to a Physiotherapist in the first instance – for any musculoskeletal conditions (i.e. strains). You may also be able to see a Chiropractor these conditions – if your General Practitioner agrees that it would be beneficial.
If at any time you choose to change to a new General Practitioner during the life of your claim, you will need to re-request approval to have your ongoing Chiropractic treatment covered under your workers compensation claim.
Yes, in fact Chiropractors have been renowned for treating lower back pain in pregnant patients. Most women suffer will experience lower back pain in the final trimester of pregnancy, and immediately post pregnancy. This is due to not only the hormonal changes that affect joint laxity (suppleness), but also because of the shifting weight balance to the front of the body. Any postural problems that were asymptomatic (not noticed) prior to pregnancy, will now have been exacerbated from your body’s altered dynamics.
The techniques used on pregnant patients are gentle, focused and purposeful – and will be different to the techniques used on non-pregnant patients. Contact is mostly done to the tendons & joints at places such as the inner pelvic region – but never to the unborn baby itself – this isn’t necessary. – —– Chiropractic care has been rumoured to assist the unborn baby reach its optimal position – which in addition to an optimally functioning spine, may assist in a less complicated birth.
Pain medications often have their place in the short term/acute management of an injury, for the sake of reducing the immediate/ raw symptoms that follow a traumatic injury. In other cases however, patients can opt to take prescribed medications as the actual treatment itself – which only masks the pain and puts them at risk of further injury if they are unable to judge their body’s limitations.
Prolonged use of pain medications can have an adverse effect on other organs like the liver, kidneys and gastro-intestinal tract – which over time can resulting in more significant long term ailments.
Chiropractors however are realists, and appreciate that some patients will require pain-relieving medications or muscle relaxants – if symptoms are severe, and in that regard, patients do undergo Chiropractic treatment whilst they are taking medications. Admittedly, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant medication may be a necessary in cases where symptoms are severe – just so the patient can tolerate physical contact at all.
For the vast majority of the time – no, treatment will not hurt. The high-velocity/ low amplitude adjustments used are often more pain relieving than anything else. Some post treatment discomfort may be experienced, but mores so just from the after effect of having an already inflamed and painful area treatment by manipulation or pressure point therapy. Essentially, patients will leave a treatment session feeling improved.
Chiropractic healthcare was formulated in the United States by DD Palmer & BJ Palmer, who performed their first ‘adjustment’ on a patient who was experiencing hearing loss. The treatment itself involved the manipulation of the patient’s upper cervical spine, which is reported to have made his hearing spontaneously return.
The profession has since developed to be the second largest means of healthcare sought, with the first being ‘Medicine’. Chiropractic originated from the ideology that an optimally functioning nervous system is key to overall optimal health.
Chiropractic was once considered a therapy primarily focused on bone & joint health – exclusively; but it is much more than that. Chiropractic is best described as a healthcare profession that utilises techniques on both joints and muscle tissue to encourage better performance of the nervous system.
Whilst there may be some overlap with how Physiotherapists and Chiropractors treat; the techniques and philosophy are different. Also, Chiropractors are required to complete a 5-year Double Degree qualification.
Some Physiotherapists may attempt to ‘adjust’ their patients (after 12 months training during their 4-year Undergraduate Degree), but this practice is the speciality of Chiropractors – after 5-years of focuses ‘training’.
No, each joint in the body is capable of being manipulated to some degree (some easier than others). When an ‘adjustment’ is performed, a popping sound will often result which just gas is dissolving in the synovial fluid of a joint – not bone cracking as such. The ‘dissolving’ action sends a signal to the spinal cord telling the joint & muscle to ‘release’. When a joint and muscle release from spasm the pain decreases and nerve function improves (as it is not longer blocked or bottlenecked). Over the long term, maintaining optimal nerve function will assist cartilaginous bone and nervous tissue to be less irritates and inflamed.
Some patients do not require warming up and are quite easily adjusted. Most Chiropractors will however do some stretching or soft tissue therapy to loosen the patient up prior to an adjustment. At our clinics we find soft tissue techniques to be quite useful in relaxing a patient so the adjustment is easier and less forceful.
We acknowledge that every patient responds differently to Chiropractic care, which is why one treatment method will not suit every patient. Every patient responds differently and as such one method will not suit everyone. Chiropractors are trained in numerous techniques and we adapt our treatment to suit the patient’s medical history and tolerance to musculoskeletal therapy.
Absolutely! Similar Chiropractic principals apply to the peripheral joints (arms & legs) as to the spine and neck.
Chiropractors now also specialise in sports-focused chiropractics (for sports injuries that more often occur to the arms & legs) in addition to the classic musculoskeletal approach. In this regard it should be mentioned that the Principal Chiropractor at SAS Allied Healthcare is also a qualified ‘Sports Chiropractor’ and university-educated ‘Exercise Physiologist’. This essentially means that under the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic, a Sports Chiropractic is qualified to treat Olympic athletes.
Patients of any age can benefit from Chiropractic care, especially in these age groups. Often musculoskeletal issues begin early in life, and over time become aggravated by varying lifestyle factors.
For primary school aged children and teenagers; participating in sports, spending hours in-front of a computer or carrying heavy school bags can cause musculoskeletal problems. If these go undetected and un-treated (particularly conductions such as scoliosis) more significant musculoskeletal problems can arise later in life during early adult-hood. To a lesser physical degree (but no less important) the interim/ undetected complications may have a distracting effect on a developing youth.
Infants can be especially benefited from chiropractic care, as births are often traumatic – whether by caesarean section or otherwise. Various spinal, neck and skull issues can result which if left untreated can cause prolonged discomfort to infants. As infants are unable to communicate the presence of a musculoskeletal disorder (and due to their immobility it will be difficult to detect). The signs of a musculoskeletal disorders are varied, and may often include continual crying.
At SAS Allied Healthcare, the initial consultation for adults will last 30 minutes and will involve a thorough review of the patient’s history; a physical examination; and diagnosis. In most instances we will also do some hands-on treatment at the initial consultation (unless of course the seriousness of the condition necessitates x-rays or further investigation).
- Thereafter, consultations will last for approximately 10 – 15 minutes, where a greater proportion of time will be dedicated to hands on treatment.
Whilst x-rays are a useful diagnostic tool, they are not always necessary for hands-on treatment to be undertaken. If your chiropractor orders x-rays they generally have a diagnostic reason for doing so. Again, we will refer you off to one of our 2 providers who can bulk bill trough Medicare. If other diagnostic imaging is required such as an ultrasound or CT Imaging, we will direct your back to your General Practitioner with a written referral. For an MRI Scan we can also refer you to our preferred provider directly – and whilst this will not be bulk-billed on Medicare, it will not require an initial consultation with a General Practitioner.
We do not need to ’gown’ our patients; however we do encourage you to wear loose fitting clothing where possible. Clothing that is skin tight or overly short and revealing (i.e. skin tight jeans or mini-skirts) can make it difficult to perform side-posture adjustment.
Sometimes the removal of clothing will be necessary, occurring only rarely on a case-by-case basis.
The cracking sound is gas dissolving within the synovial fluid of the joint. It is not a joint dislocating or being moved beyond its physical capacity.
No-one… everyone can benefit from Chiropractic care in some way, shape or form.