FAQS Chiropractic Therapy
The first visit is really about finding out whether the treatment we provide is right for you. The chiropractor will sit with you and get a history of your reasons for visiting and any important previous health history. A thorough examination will then be performed to work out what is going on and to determine if chiropractic is likely to help you. If it is likely to help then treatment can begin. The chiropractor may give you a referral for x-rays or other imaging if required. If the chiropractor feels that a different form of treatment would be more beneficial or that chiropractic treatment is not suitable, you will be advised so that you can move in the right direction to get the results you want.
What Does Treatment Involve?
Treatment involves the use of a number of proven techniques to restore function and get you feeling better as soon as possible. The different techniques are chosen based on the specific issues present, the patient age, pain/levels present, preference of the patient and most importantly what is going to work for that individual. Techniques include chiropractic adjustments (can be traditional manipulation or more recent non-manipulative techniques), muscle release therapy; dry needling and home exercises and rehabilitation advice.
Do I have to get “Cracked”?
No you don’t. Approximately one third of our patients choose non-manipulative (“non-cracking”) chiropractic treatment. There are a number of very effective techniques to correct misalignments without the “crack”. Young children and people into their nineties commonly get these types of chiropractic corrections, as do those who simply don’t like the idea of being cracked. For those of you who love the tried and tested manipulation style chiropractic then we are more than happy to accommodate you as well.
Does it hurt?
Chiropractic treatment itself should not cause pain, rather should decrease pain and have you feeling better. In fact some patients actually experience a rush of euphoria following treatment due to a release of endorphins. It is not uncommon to experience a “good soreness” when the body starts moving and functioning properly again. Like if you haven’t exercised for a while and start again and get a similar “good soreness”.
Is chiropractic treatment supported by GP’s?
A lot of GPs understand the benefits of chiropractic care in treating musculoskeletal conditions. We get many referrals from, and work closely with a number of local GPs.
Do I need a medical referral?
No. You can arrange to see the chiropractor of your choice at any time without the need for a referral. However, if you qualify for treatment under the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program offered by Medicare, you will need a referral from your GP. It will cover up to a maximum of 5 chiropractic visits per year. Likewise, chiropractic care under the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) will also need a medical referral from your GP.
Peter Anderson B.Sc. M. Chiro. (Chiropractor)
Active Wellness Centre 15 Boree St Ulladulla NSW 2539
02 4454 1863