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FAQ

FAQ

Is chiropractic safe?

The practice of chiropractic boasts a safety record that can only be described as outstanding and enviable. More than 215 000 Australians visit their chiropractor on a weekly basis for safe, effective and natural health care. “Remarkably safe” were the words used to describe chiropractic in the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry into the practice. Studies have shown that,in relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Is chiropractic scientific?

To become trained and qualified as a Doctor of Chiropractic, a chiropractoris required to complete a five year university degree. Given the amount of study and training needed to become a chiropractor, to deem chiropractic as being unscientific is highly illogical. Many academic and medical studies conducted over the past 113 years have found chiropractic to be completely safe and effective when applied by a skilled, trained professional.

The thought of getting ‘cracked’ scares me! Does chiropractic hurt?

At our chiropractic clinic in North Melbourne, we meet many new and potential clients who have never been to a chiropractor before. The question we are most commonly asked by themis, “What about the cracking? What’s that all about?” The ‘cracking’ sound that they ask about is nothing more than the release of gas within the joints of the spine that occurs when an adjustment is performed on the area –much like the sound you hear when you open a bottle of soft drink. But chiropractic adjustments are not painful, they do not hurt, and many patients experience a sense of relief after an adjustment. We employ a variety of chiropractic techniques at MNMC, so if you are uncertain as to how you would like to be adjusted, you and your chiropractor can discuss your options during your consultation.

What techniques do you use?

To give you the best possible care to suit your body and your needs, I use a variety of techniques when treating patients including:

  • Manual adjustments
  • Low force techniques
  • Applied kinesiology
  • Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)
  • Thompson technique

We can discuss these different techniques and answer any questions you may have about them during your initial consultation.

Do I need to provide a referral from my GP for chiropractic?

As chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners, we do not require a referral. That being said, an increasing number of GPs are referring to chiropractors through the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC).

Why do chiropractors recommend regular treatment?

Chiropractors recommend regular treatment for the same reason that you can’t simply go to the gym once and expect to remain fit for the rest of your life – optimal health and wellbeing is a result of ongoing commitment and hard work. Many people find that regular chiropractic treatment, especially following a particular complaint, will help to keep them at their best and remain at optimal health.

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