Why Chiropractic Care?
People ask why they would need the help of a chiropractor. Usually, they would point out that they have perfectly fine backs. Little did they realise that symptoms such as knee or joint pain may be referred pain from the back as a result of an irritated nerve exiting the spinal cord.
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation, although very scientific, is very simple and can be described as a disturbance in spinal joints either through dislocation, misalignment or joint dysfunction. They irritate or aggravate the nerve roots coming from the spinal cords. Pain or muscle changes and organ dysfunctions might be experienced by the patient.
What is an adjustment?
This is the most basic intervention that a chiropractor can do. Basically, physical movements guided by trained chiropractic hands help correct the aberrant movement of the vertebrae or joint. The chiropractor will ensure that you will be guided to the right position which will depend on the specific body part that would need it. In order to un-seize a locked or immovable joint, controlled pressure is applied. The main objective of this procedure is to improve spinal function, nervous system function, remove muscle tension and possibly boost general health. Years of clinical experience and training has lead our chiropractors’ capabilities to deliver the most trusted adjustment methods for your optimum well-being.
What is the loud pop we hear during adjustments?
Contrary to popular belief, popping sounds are caused by the release of air around the joints. The synovial fluid usually creates bubbles as your joints move and functions while the carbon dioxide and nitrogen in the fluid rise up. When these air bubbles are released, this is where the popping sound begins. The fluid then returns to normal after this. It is important, that as a patient, you are made aware that there can be a presence of this sound.
How safe are the chiropractic adjustments?
There might be soreness for a day or two after your first chiropractic adjustment or after the correction of your subluxation. This is a normal body reaction. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive procedure and has very minimal risks. Moreover, this is made safer especially when you have an experienced and highly trained chiropractor.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
Chiropractors tend to personalise the kind of adjustment that is applicable to a specific patient. Age, particular conditions, and specific spinal problems are some that will determine the personalisation. The best example is the chiropractor care given to patients who are children. This age group has more mobile joints and require a much gentler approach so that they receive the appropriate results from the adjustment. A patient’s general condition is the main source of information regarding the treatment that he/she will get. Usually, circumstances such as the degree of adjustment, type of procedure, and the frequency are the items that are modified. The actual quality of care is never compromised, nevertheless; each patient receives the most appropriate care for each individual.
Can the elderly benefit from chiropractic care?
Since chiropractic is non-invasive and rarely uses any form of pharmaceutical intervention, it is ideal for senior patients or those who are already ageing. The main goal of adjustments and treatment is to lessen (if not eliminate) the muscle and body aches because it focuses on the physiological aspect and has minimal side effects.
Should I visit my chiropractor if I’m not in pain?
Yes, a regular check-up to make sure your spine is functioning at its optimum is important to possibly prevent an underlying subluxation from causing problems & subsequent symptoms such as pain, stiffness, tingling and numbness to name just a few.
Will it hurt?
A minor common reaction to spinal manipulation (the Chiropractic adjustment) is aching or soreness in the spinal joints or muscles after a treatment. If this aching or soreness occurs, it is usually within the first few hours post-treatment and generally does not last longer than 24 hours after the chiropractic adjustment.
Does Medicare pay for it?
As part of your Medicare coverage you are entitled to up to five chiropractic visits a year fully paid for by Medicare. This is organised by your GP through a Chronic Disease Management plan (CDM) or Team Care Arrangement (TCA). This coverage can save you over $250 in health care costs. Unfortunately many people who are eligible for this plan don’t even know that it exists. You are eligible if you have a chronic condition and you have a Medicare card. Your GP will create a specific chronic disease management (CDM) plan for you and they can then refer you to a chiropractor on a team care arrangement (TCA) for up to 5 visits.
First you will need to consult your GP about your specific conditions and discuss with them your eligibility for chiropractic care under a CDM plan. If you are eligible your GP will send us your TCA referral and we can then make a time for you to come in for your first visit. There is no cost to you at all. At the time of each visit we bulk bill the cost to Medicare and we guarantee that there won’t be any gap fees or hidden charges to you. This means that Medicare will cover the full cost of each of your visits.
If you have other questions about chiropractic, feel free to contact us or just drop by at our clinic for a consultation.