Individual experiences vary from person to person, but most people can expect some benefits soon after beginning care and for these to consolidate further as treatment continues. Most patients attend as a result of speaking to other satisfied patients. It is our hope that as you improve and understand chiropractic, you will tell others so that they may also benefit. For this reason, we have a wide range of pamphlets available that you are encouraged to read and take home for family and friends.
It is important that each family member has the opportunity to have their spine checked. We offer a complimentary spinal check for family members. The purpose of this screening procedure is to detect spinal faults that might benefit from chiropractic care. It is always up to you as to what you do with any information gained from this examination.
Chiropractors are health professionals, registered by law in Australia. Registration requires chiropractors to complete a 5 year university degree which is internationally accredited. Their training includes anatomy, physiology and diagnostic science, as well as chiropractic studies. This comprehensive knowledge means they are trained in knowing when a person will benefit from chiropractic care, and when referral to another health provider is required.
As a registered chiropractor, continuing professional development is required by law so that skills and knowledge are maintained to ensure patient safety.
Chiropractors are licensed by the WA Health department to request and interpret x-rays.
Chiropractic treatment is a safe, effective and natural approach to spinal healthcare, but like any treatment there are some risks. Some people may feel slight soreness following their first adjustment as the body begins to re-adapt. This is usually very mild and only lasts a short time.
Then there are very rare risks of infrequent strain/ injury to a ligament or disc in their neck (< 1 in 139 000) or the low back (1 in 62 000).
There is also an extremely rare risk of stroke associated with an adjustment of the neck which all published studies agree is extremely low. Recent data suggests that such an event occurs at 1 in 5.85 million adjustments.
In most cases, not at all. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing.
Chiropractors have traditionally adjusted the spine by hand. Today, there a number of different techniques and equipment to assist with spinal care. Some may use a hand held instrument, others use pelvic blocks or table sections that drop away to mobilise the joints of the body. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique, Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to improve joint function.
The cracking or popping noise you may hear from a spinal adjustment is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as movement is restored.