• What to Expect

    front_doorOn your initial consultation we ask you to fill out some paperwork, responding to questions regarding your health history, lifestyle factors such as leisure activities, occupation etc. The chiropractor will then have a detailed discussion with you about your presenting condition and health history.

    The chiropractor then conducts a structural analysis which includes looking at your posture, muscle balance and assessing for areas of weakness or tension.

    A specific examination will then be tailored to your requirements with tests to check your mobility, range of motion, neurological and orthopaedic tests as required.

    Signs of nerve interference at the spinal level are checked for using a temperature scope (skin temperature differential instrument). The chiropractor then uses static and motion palpation skills to assess the individual spinal segment function.

    A decision is then made as to whether X-Rays need to be taken. These are most commonly required for adults and less commonly for children. X-Rays are taken by the chiropractor in the clinic. We use a high frequency machine and take our films at nearly double the film focus distance to most medical radiology practices. We use filtration and gonad shielding. What this equates to basically is extra care to produce high quality X-Ray films with very low patent radiation exposure.

    The X-Ray films are processed and reviewed with you on the same consultation visit. All aspects of the examination are then correlated to determine firstly that chiropractic care is appropriate for you, and if so the approach required.

    Treatment is usually given on that visit. The main form of treatment we use is a specific adjustment. The chiropractor uses his hands to apply a gentle short thrust to the subluxated (misaligned, fixated) spinal segment or peripheral joint to reset it towards normal.

    During later consultations we commonly prescribe exercises, give postural and ergonomic advice, and often perform muscle stretches and releases.

    We reassess every individual patient thoroughly on every visit and determine what further care is required accordingly. As individual responses to care vary according to such things as body type, activity levels, stress levels, amount of sitting, sports and other lifestyle factors we have no pre-arranged treatment plans. We also don’t offer any up front payment plans for the same reason. Payment is strictly on a pay as you go basis with the exception of Veteran Affairs, Third Party and Workcover patients.

    We hope that we can enhance your understanding of you and your family’s health and provide you with knowledge to empower your health. Always feel comfortable to ask questions or ask for more information, we are here to help.

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