1. Is chiropractic care safe?
According to the scientific literature and every independent judicial and/or formal government inquiry ever conducted (New Zealand, Australia, Canada, U.S.A., U.K., Sweden), no other profession is as qualified, as well trained, as evidence-based, or as safe when it comes to restoring and maintaining spinal health, spine-related functional ability, and spine-related quality of life.
After years of university training and clinical experience, each chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches and techniques.
2. What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment 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 joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually, the chiropractor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly-accurate thrust. Some adjusting techniques are quick, whereas others require slow, constant, or indirect pressure.
With some manual adjustments, you may sometimes feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as spinal movement is restored.
3. Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?
Gentle chiropractic care appropriately modified for the developmental age of infants and children has been shown to be both clinically effective and safe.
You may find these 3 Australian Spinal Research Foundation blog posts of interest; Chiropractic, Kids and Quality of Life, Pain Distribution in School Aged Children, and a New study looks at 178 cases of infant shoulder dysfunction
Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults.
4. Am I too old for chiropractic care?
More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their senior years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.
Restoring better spinal function may assist mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many people report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. The adjusting technique used by your chiropractor will be modified for maximum comfort and results.
5. Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
For most people, chiropractic adjustments are painless offering a reduction in pain and a sense of relaxation and comfort. Some people who are new to chiropractic may involuntarily stiffen or resist the adjustment and feel a small amount of discomfort until they are able to relax during treatment. In addition, mild discomfort may be felt if the person has had a recent trauma, such as whiplash, due to inflammation.
Most people feel a reduction in pain and a sense of relaxation and comfort after a visit to a chiropractor.
6. Are there any side effects?
Individual results vary from person to person.
Some people (noted in about 15-20% of patients) experience minor side effects for a few days after a chiropractic adjustment. Side effects may include headaches, fatigue, or pain in the parts of the body that were treated. A temporary headache or fatigue is often known as a toxic release. Those who experience toxic release should not feel discouraged or stressed.
Please reach out to your health care provider should your side effects become more severe.
7. What can I expect at my first initial consultation?
Are you going to a chiropractor for the first time? During your initial consultation, you will meet with one of our highly skilled and caring chiropractors to discuss your health history, concerns, and goals. A thorough evaluation will then be done of your spine, nervous system, and posture proceeded by an adjustment to suit your needs.
Please allow approx. 75 mins.
8. What results can I expect?
Individual results will vary from person to person, and most people can expect some benefits soon after beginning care. It is important to be consistent with your appointments and be proactive with your individualised wellness care plan to achieve the level of optimal health that you are looking for.
9. Approximately how much does a chiropractic session cost?
Caring Hands Chiropractic aims to make chiropractic care affordable and accessible for all while always providing a professional and personable service. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Variations to costing may also include,
HICAPS (Private Health Insurance) claims are available for chiropractic services enabling you to make same-day, instant health fund claims using our onsite HICAPS system.
DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs) A GP referral is required. Conditions apply*
EPC (Enhanced Primary Care) A GP referral is required. Conditions apply*
* Please contact us to discuss.
A copy of our fees, services, and policies is available upon request.
10. Once I start chiropractic care, do I have to keep going back?
You always get to decide whether you want to continue with the benefits of chiropractic care. Many people chose to continue with chiropractic as they enjoy the ongoing benefits of living a pain-free life, as well as maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system. We will always give you our best advice with your care in mind based on your health and wellness goals.