Your first visit with your chiropractor is very important. This is the where the both of you get to know each other. The usual process starts with you filling out your ‘initial chiropractic assessment form’. Then, your chiropractor will go through all the form details with you. This is a time where your chiropractor gets to answer all your questions and concerns about receiving chiropractic treatment. AtChiro & Sports Med, feel free to ask as many questions as you would like.
During the clinical examination, it is important to be able to report pain. This usually allows the chiropractor to identify where the pain sits. What movements are causing it and if its origin is in the musculoskeletal or nervous system. This and together with a thorough map of your medical history, gives the chiropractor a basis for preparing a functional work diagnosis. Therefore allowing the preparation of a treatment plan with the goal of restoring normal function.
Should it prove that the chiropractorwill be able to help you, treatment will be started on your first visit. Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med have an in-depth knowledge of diagnosis and will employ a number of different treatment modalities. We are bound by the requirement of professional responsibility. Therefore allowing you to feel confident that we will put in place the best examination and treatment for your ailments.
What does the Examination involve?
Your examination starts with a thorough physical and neurological exam. The chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med will use highly developed skills of palpation (feeling) to find areas of stress, strain or weakness in the body. X-Rays may also be required, and they can be taken at the time of consultation. After the examination phase and with the diagnostic on hands, your chiropractor will formulate a treatment plan and discuss with you any concerns. Below is a list of the assessments your chiropractor will perform:
Structural Anatomical Analysis
Joint Range of Motion Testing
Functional Movement Assessment
Movement Pattern Assessment
Coordination and Balance Assessment
Treatment by a chiropractor
Chiropractic treatment is associated with joint corrections of dysfunctions of the spine, also called joint locking. Some describe it as a gentle, quick, passive stretching of structures surrounding a joint. This form of treatment involves a click (release of gas in the joint) where the separated joint surfaces are. Some neurophysiological effects associated with this form of treatment. Our chiropractors will also apply rehabilitative and preventive measures in the form of training and nutritional advice. This is only possible because the Chiro & Sports Medchiropractors are well-educated and have an expanded knowledge of musculoskeletal disorders. In addition, they have also completed their FIFA Diploma’s in football medicine. Our chiropractors lecture at Macquarie University, manage soccer teams and are trained to treat in the sports field.
Treatment by a chiropractor in areas other than neck pain and back pain
More than treating back pain and neck pain, the chiropractor treats other body parts including shoulders, arms, hips, knees and ankles. In addition, as only 10% of the nervous system has to do with pain, its relief is just a small part of the clinical improvements that can be achieved through chiropractic treatment. At Chiro & Sports Med we use a holistic approach, which means we see the body as a whole and look for the relationship between your symptoms and body functions. Besides mental disorders, Musculoskeletal disorders are the main reasons why people suffer from reduced quality of life.
Who seeks chiropractic treatment?
We examine and treat infants to aged and elderly patients with or without osteoporosis. Chiropractors are one of the 14 health professions in Australia that are part of the National Registration Scheme requiring registration with the Chiropractic Board of Australia and today there are more than 4,400 chiropractors who are practising and registered with the Board.
According to research published in 2007, 16% of the Australian people visited a chiropractor at least once during 2005 (more than 3 million people per year). The research showed that 62% of appointments made were for back problems. With 71% of patients aged between 25-64. Spinal adjustments and massage were the common types of care provided by chiropractors. With musculoskeletal issues treated the most. According to research released in 2008, almost 20% of Australians who sought manipulation therapy were referred by a medical practitioner.
One can therefore safely conclude that chiropractors are making significant efforts and constitute a large and important part of health service provision in this area. They are the only authorised profession that has the same amount of university education as a doctor. Authorised health is one bound by the requirement of professional responsibility.
I have many questions about chiropractic treatment
We get daily questions about chiropractic treatment. For this reason, we have designed a FAQs section that will hopefully answer all your questions. If you still have unanswered questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Did you know this about chiropractors?
Chiropractors are the spinal health experts.
There are over 215,000 consultations to Australian chiropractors each week.
Chiropractors are uniquely positioned to help Australians lead healthy lifestyles through drug-free care because of their extensive five-year university training.
Australian chiropractors are government registered and regulated health professionals.