Frequently Asked Questions
The 'Extras' We are Regularly Asked
Our team are always happy to answer any questions regarding chiropractic care and our practice but here is some of the most popular ones we have compiled.
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Are all chiropractic adjustments like you see on the internet with all the popping sounds?
Unfortunately, the videos you see on Instagram and Tiktok aren’t entirely accurate. Firstly, not all adjustment techniques are like this, there are many more gentle and just as effective ways to adjust. Secondly, while some manual methods of adjusting people (like in the videos) can produce a popping sound, it is when the gas and fluids that exist in the joint shift. It’s much like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound isn’t a guide to the quality or need of the adjustment. There is a common misconception that the noise is bones going back in place or rubbing on each other, this is false! Remember a good manual adjustment should be very precise to the area that needs adjusting.
Chiropractors just want you to keep coming back, that’s how they make their money
The main reason Chiropractors like clients to maintain regular care is due to changes in your posture, changes to your spine’s ability to move, changes to your muscle health and structure take time. Months in fact. All muscles have memory and your body wants to go back to its old patterns instead of creating new healthy ones. That is why adjustments need to be repeated regularly initially before tapering out to maintenance care visits (monthly or every 6-8 weeks).
Our practice was founded on the principal and focus of client care. As we say, ‘it’s about the care, not the coin’. While everyone’s reason for visiting our practice varies, some clients need more frequent care, some families that consistently maintain care may go through hardships, others desperately need care but cannot afford it. Our practice provides a fair fee for service and accommodates financial care plans on a case-per-case scenario.
We are also a proud supporter of Chances Café a 100% not-for-profit local coffee shop which employs and supports people who have been experiencing homelessness in Mackay, Queensland. These people generally have a myriad of physical issues from their sleeping conditions and we provide complimentary care for these people to assist with them getting back on track physically, mentally and financially. See, we’re not like the others #adjustyourthinking
Is chiropractic care safe?
Chiropractic care is widely considered one of the safest methods of treatment for patients suffering from a number of health problems. Chiropractic treatments are non-invasive and drug-free, so any side-effects are minimal. This is especially true when compared to alternatives such as medications and surgery. Although many people notice immediate relief after a chiropractic adjustment, some patients may feel some soreness which generally disappears after 24 hours.
Does an adjustment hurt?
An adjustment is not normally painful however, in some cases, mild soreness to the area being adjusted may be experienced. These symptoms are often a normal part of the healing process as your spinal movement improves.
Can pregnant women, babies or children receive chiropractic care?
Chiropractors have been trained to treat both pregnant women and children. It is not only safe but extremely beneficial for both pregnant women and children to receive chiropractic care. As anyone who has been pregnant knows, it can create an enormous amount of strain on your body. Chiropractic treatments can help to relieve this strain and result in a happier, healthier pregnancy for mum and baby. In children, chiropractic care is an effective treatment for a number of health problems, including acid reflux, breast feeding issues, chronic ear infections and even bed-wetting.
Why are Chiropractors called Doctors? What qualifications do Chiropractors have?
All Chiropractors are registered and highly trained professionals who must meet high government standards to attain and maintain the right to practice. They must complete a minimum five years university study and training at an accredited college. Chiropractors who study in Australia, attain a double bachelor’s degree in health sciences and chiropractic study. Chiropractors are a specialist niche and are classified as Doctors of the Spine, hence why they are called Doctors.
Did you know it takes just as long to study to be a General Practitioner (GP).
What’s the difference between a Chiropractor and a Physiotherapist?
The main difference between a Chiropractor and Physiotherapist is traditionally Chiropractors focus more on the function of the spine and pelvis and it’s alignment and effect on the nervous system through the use of manipulation, where a Physio will focus more on the muscles using mobilisations and exercises. Both are equally as good – it’s discovering which works best for your body, as everybody is unique.
Do I need a medical referral to see a Chiropractor?
No. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners. You can contact us directly for an appointment. You may be eligible for up to 5 visits every 12 months for a chiropractor under Medicare’s Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program however, you do need a GP referral for this. Please contact us or your GP for further information.
Is chiropractic care covered by Workers Compensation and Veterans Affairs?
Patients with a WorkCover injury first need to see their GP and get a referral to the Chiropractor. In addition, your supervisor at work needs to lodge the necessary papers concerning the injury, along with the referral to WorkCover. WorkCover will assess the claim and if accepted will allot a ‘Claim Number’. When the claim number is available your Chiropractor can forward the cost of your visits directly to WorkCover.
Veterans wishing to see a Chiropractor also need a referral from their GP with the condition or reason for chiropractic treatment approved by Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). This referral is for 12 appointments (to be used in 12 months), after which time a new one is required.
How do you choose the right Chiropractor?
Choosing the right Chiropractor for you is an important decision. There are many places you can go online to find local Chiropractors and see reviews. You can go to https://www.google.com to search listings and reviews of local Chiropractors, a good review about both Chiropractor and the team generally shows how good they are. Also, suggestions from friends and family members that you trust is another alternative. Every Chiropractor has a unique set of skills, so when a potential new client calls our practice, our Chiropractic Assistants are trained to suggest and recommend a Chiropractor that will best fit their reason for visiting and/or style/technique that will achieve the best possible outcome for the client.