Chiropractic primarily involves the diagnosis and management of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system.
In Australia, Chiropractors are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and chiropractic techniques.
Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
In Good Hands Chiropractic advocates quality, safe, and ethical chiropractic practice
What we treat
- Back & Neck pain
- Shoulder and Knee Pain
- Headaches & Migraines
- Disc Buldge
- Muscle strains
- Rib pain
- Pinched nerves
- Sports injuries
- Shoulder impingement and rotator cuff injuries
- Elbow and wrist pain
- Hip Pain
- Posture and ergonomics
- Jaw / TMJ dysfunction
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Stiffness / range of motion / flexibility
- Postural imbalances
- Numbness / tingling
- Torticollis / ‘wry neck’
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
A thorough health history will be taken and you will be asked about your presenting complaint. The chiropractor will examine your standing posture, taking you through some gentle movements, and possibly use special tests to determine the cause of your symptoms. They will then explain your diagnosis and treatment plan, especially tailored to you.
Treatment often involves specific massage or stretching of soft tissues (e.g. muscles, tendons and ligaments) and specific adjustment, gentle mobilisation of joints, to improve movement and promote healing. Your chiropractor may advise on exercise, posture, diet, and hot/cold and may suggest modifying your activities to increase the treatment’s short and long-term effectiveness. Most chiropractic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your chiropractor takes care to make you as comfortable as possible.
The chiropractor will usually treat you on your first appointment. However, they may refer you to another medical specialist or health practitioner, if necessary. Due to the nature of initial consultations, you can expect more hands-on treatment on subsequent visits.
Depending on the area of your body requiring treatment, your chiropractor may ask you to undress down to your underwear. It’s important that you feel comfortable, so you may want to wear or bring loose pants or shorts.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TREAT A CONDITION?
Sometimes it is difficult to accurately gauge the time it will take someone to get better. Some patients start to notice differences straight after the first treatment. Others, depending on their condition, may need 4 to 6 treatments before they start feeling a change. However, at each consultation, your case is reviewed to make sure you’re getting the best course of treatment.