FAQ’s

What makes Total Body Chiropractic different from other chiropractic and health care practices?

At Total Body Chiropractic we treat musculoskeletal dysfunctions from head to toe. We are an integrated health care centre that combines the best examinations and treatment techniques. Our personalised treatment combinations of advanced adjusting, soft tissue techniques, rehabilitative exercises, and patient education will prove to be the fastest, most cost effective way to get back to optimum performance in your daily life activities.

What is an adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that aren’t moving right. Some methods use the doctor’s hands, an instrument, a special table, the force of gravity, or extremely light contacts. There are many ways to adjust the spine, each adapted to an individual’s needs and comfort levels.

Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?

Yes. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe”. By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited. Compare the statistics. Adjustments are safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Who can receive Chiropractic care?

Anyone with a spine! You are never too young or too old. Pregnant mothers, patients with osteoporosis, that have cancer or had back surgery can benefit from chiropractic care. The technique selected will be best suited to your age, size & condition. As spinal damage can occur at birth, children should be checked for subluxations. Paediatric adjustments are safe and very gentle. Depending on their age and size, their adjustments often require no more pressure than you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.

Are all patients adjusted in the same way?

No. Each patient’s spine and care plan is unique. With 24 moving bones in the spine (that can each move in seven different directions!) we see a wide variety of spinal patterns. Each patient’s care is custom tailored for their age, condition and health goals. You are unique and your care should be too.

How many adjustments will I need?

The number of adjustments varies with each patient and their individual health goals. Many patients sense progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits become less often as your spine stabilises. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years.

Why do babies and children get adjusted?

Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine. Preliminary studies suggested that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Paediatric adjustments are gentle. Knowing exactly where to adjust, the doctor applies no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato.
Later, learning to walk, ride a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal problems. While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the unseen damage to the child’s spine is the unique domain of a chiropractic doctor. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” can often be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic check-ups can identify these problems and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and seem healthier than other children.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Some people can make their joints “pop” but that’s not an adjustment! Worse, damage can occur by mobilising a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.

What should I expect on my first visit?

You should plan on arriving 10 minutes before your appointment time to fill out and prepare your new patient paperwork. When you get into the treatment room, your chiropractor will perform a comprehensive examination and take a detailed history of your current complaint. The examination may include a spinal or regional exam, orthopaedic and neurological testing, and functional screening. X-rays may be ordered, although most often these are not necessary. Then, your chiropractor will discuss with you his or her findings and your diagnosis and, if your case is accepted, will discuss the recommended treatment.

Will the treatment hurt?

Most of the time, an adjustment is very comfortable, and if slight discomfort may occur, however, this should last for no more than 24h. Adjustment is used to correct joint dysfunction, which is a condition in which there is a loss of normal movement of a joint. However, at Total Body Chiropractic we use other highly effective methods in case of contraindications, or if that’s your preference.

Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from a GP?

There is no referral required. We are trained to diagnose spine disorders or more serious matter. At Total Body Chiropractic we are ACC registered and we can lodge any claim for you electronically.

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