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First time at a chiropractic clinic

Your first visit with your chiropractor is very important. This is the most important time for you and your chiropractor to 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 also a time where your chiropractor gets to answer all your questions and concerns about chiropractic treatment, so at Chiro & Sports Med you can feel free to ask as many questions as you would like.

After that, during the clinical examination, it is important to be able to report pain. This usually allows the chiropractor to identify where the pain sits, which movements cause it and if its origin is in the musculoskeletal or nervous system. This, together with a thorough map of the medical history give the chiropractor a basis for preparing a functional work diagnosis, which allows the preparation of a treatment with the goal of restoring normal function.

Should it prove that the chiropractor will be able to help, your treatment will be started on your first visit. Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med have in-depth knowledge of diagnosis and will employ a number of different treatment modalities. And we are bound by the requirement of professional responsibility, precisely why you should feel confident that we will implement 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
  • Muscle Testing
  • Orthopaedic Assessment
  • Functional Movement Assessment
  • Movement Pattern Assessment
  • Neurodynamic Testing
  • Coordination and Balance Assessment

Treatment by a chiropractor

Chiropractic treatment is associated with joint corrections of dysfunctions of the spine, also called joint locking. It can be described 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 joint surfaces are separated. A number of neurophysiological effects are associated with this form of treatment. Our chiropractors will also apply rehabilitative and preventive measures in the form of training, nutritional advice. This is only possible because the Chiro & Sports Med chiropractors are well-educated and lecture at Macquarie University, which means expanded knowledge of musculoskeletal disorders. In addition, we have acquired chiropractors who 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.  Musculoskeletal disorders are by far the biggest cost for both Australian society and the individual. Besides mental disorders these 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. There are 4,400  chiropractors practising who are registered with the Board.  16% of the Australian people visited a chiropractor at least once during 2005 (more than 3 million people per year) according to research published in 2007. 62% of appointments were for back problems and 71% of patients were aged 25-64. Spinal adjustments and massage were the most common types of care provided by chiropractors and musculoskeletal issues were most commonly treated. Almost 20% of Australians who sought manipulation therapy were referred by medical practitioners, according to research released in 2008.

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. This only makes sense, as a chiropractor is the only authorised profession with the same amount of university education as a doctor. Authorised health is one bound by the requirement to 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.
  • Through their extensive five-year university training, chiropractors are uniquely positioned to help Australians lead healthy lifestyles through drug-free care.
  • Australian chiropractors are also government registered and regulated health professionals.
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