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What is Chiropractic care?

Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who diagnose musculoskeletal problems and treat and rehabilitate a range of health conditions related to the bones, muscles and joints. Our Chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of their patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics and other therapies to treat back pain. They place an emphasis on treating patients through manual adjustment and the manipulation of the spine.

What do our Chiropractors treat and manage?

    • Neck pain
    • Back pain
    • Leg pain (sciatica)
    • Repetitive strains
    • Headaches
    • Arthritic pain
    • Injuries
    • Nerve pain

What can my initial appointment with a Chiropractor look like?

Your Chiropractor will carry out an initial assessment and will then administer a treatment plan to help get you on the road to recovery.  This initial assessment will include:

  • A consultation to uncover:
    • The frequency and duration of symptoms
    • Areas of pain
    • What makes the pain feel better and worse
  • The patient’s history, including:
    • Family history
    • Past history of injuries and treatment
    • Work history
    • Dietary habits
  • A physical examination using a range of different methods to determine the segments of the spine that require treatment.  The chiropractor may use static and motion palpation techniques to determine spinal segments that are restricted in their movement and might also employ additional diagnostic tests, including an X-ray, to locate the altered position of the spine.

What adjustment techniques might the Chiropractor use?

Common therapeutic treatments for back pain used by Chiropractors include ‘chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation’. This Chiropractic adjustment typically involves:

  • High velocity, short lever arm thrusts applied to the vertebrae
  • This is followed by an audible release of gas caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide which releases joint pressure (this is the clicks and cracks you will hear)
  • A relieving sensation is then typically achieved


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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started with Chiropractic care?

Call your local clinic today to arrange an appointment. Alternately, click here to book an appointment online.

What are Chiropractors’ qualifications?

Chiropractors are highly qualified health care professionals that are regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). In Australia, Chiropractors are required to study an extensive approved and accredited five-year university degree. This consists of either a five-year bachelor of Chiropractic, or a three-year bachelor followed by a two-year Masters degree. It is also possible to apply for registration in Australia if a chiropractor has completed a program or degree that is approved by the Council of Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA) who assesses the quality of knowledge, education and training.

In addition to their education/ degree, chiropractors are required to continue training and learning throughout their career in order to maintain registration. This involves completing continued professional development (CPD) training or seminars on a yearly basis.

Do I need a referral to see a Chiropractor?

No. You can seek the assistance of a Chiropractor independently and self-refer.

Do I need an X-ray?

During your initial consultation, your chiropractor will determine if x-rays are required. If x-rays are necessary, you will be given a referral to have them taken at a x-ray clinic. These costs are fully covered by Medicare. If you have had any spinal x-rays, bring them with you on your first visit as this will help determine the best treatment for you.

Is Chiropractic therapy claimable under private health insurance?

Yes, Chiropractic is claimable as an ‘extra’ under private health insurance, generally as a separate allowance to Physiotherapy. The rebate available does differ from fund to fund so check your fund to see your entitlements.

Do you accept Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) referrals for Chiropractic?

Yes. In recent years, the Federal Government initiated the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan which is funded by Medicare. People who satisfy the criteria for “chronic pain” are entitled to up to five (5) treatments per calendar year from allied health providers. We do not charge a ‘gap’ payment for EPC Chiropractic consultations.

Speak to your doctor for further information if you think you may be eligible.

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