What kind of training do Chiropractors have?
In Australia, Chiropractic education involves undergraduate and/or masters-level university training over FIVE years.
Chiropractors spend most of their time studying health and how it relates to a properly functioning spine and nervous system. Basically, Chiropractors education never ends! All registered Chiropractors must complete continuing profession development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and stay up to date with the latest scientific research.
Do I need a referral from a medical doctor?
Chiropractors are primary health care providers and therefore, you do not need a referral.
My medical doctor or physiotherapist said I should not see a chiropractor. Can I still go?
Medical doctors or physiotherapists take an extensive amount of schooling in their own specialities. It is not in their scope of practice to give recommendations on chiropractic, a distinct field with its own intensive training.
Chiropractors also do not determine if you should not see another health care provider. In our office, we work closely with medical doctors, massage therapists and other practitioners to ensure you receive the best care.
Do Chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Chiropractic adjustments do not hurt, in fact most patients report they are enjoyable. The only time you will experience pain is if you come into the office at the beginning, in excruciating pain. When you are in that bad of shape, even basic movements like walking and bending are painful.
Sometimes patients will report some discomfort of muscle stiffness after their first few adjustments, but once their body is able to get used to the better movement that goes away.
Chiropractic care is much like going to the gym. If your spine is not use to moving and now it suddenly is, the muscles will become a little sore and stiff until your body adapts to it.
With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a change in pressure in the joint, as spinal movement is improved.
Some chiropractors use a hand-held instrument to adjust the spine. Others use wedges or blocks to help realign part of the body. Whatever the technique, chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to care for people with the highest degree of safety and effectiveness.
Am I too old for Chiropractic care?
NO WAY! There is no age limit on chiropractic and more and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their later years. In order to deliver the safest, most effective and highest quality care possible, chiropractic techniques are modified appropriately for each person at every age and stage of life.
If I see a chiropractor once, do I have to continue?
Most patients will choose to continue with care as a proactive measure to keep their spine, nervous system and posture in check.
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