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FAQs About Chiropractic Care

If you are new to chiropractic care or have not been to our office previously, you may have questions about chiropractic. If your question is not answered on this page, we are happy to take your phone call or email to further discuss any aspect of care with you.

What is chiropractic?
Macquarie University defines chiropractic as a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.

Is chiropractic care safe?

New Zealand’s government inquiry found that chiropractic care is ‘remarkably safe’. Our conservative approach to health avoids invasive procedures and medications that may be addictive. Studies have shown that chiropractic care is 240 times safer than taking anti-inflammatory drugs in relation to treating back and neck pain.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Joints that are fixated, locked up or not moving properly need a precisely applied force to add motion to the problem area. A chiropractic adjustment may help your joints to regain motion and function.

Your spine can receive adjustments in many ways using a variety of methods. Dr John Infante (Chiropractor) has received university training and benefits from his clinical experience, offering you a range of adjusting approaches tailored to your condition and comfort.

What type of training do chiropractors receive?

Chiropractors are required to adhere to strict and extensive educational requirements and standards to become registered health professionals in Australia.  Australian chiropractors are five year university trained, and are government registered and government regulated health professionals.  A chiropractor’s education never ends. After entering practice, all CAA chiropractors must complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.

How are chiropractors regulated?

Chiropractors are five year university trained, government regulated and government registered healthcare professionals. The Australian Government has established a chiropractic regulating authority to ensure increased public safety for the Australian population. These bodies are responsible for maintaining the highest standards for all practitioners.  In order to maintain currency of registration with the Chiropractic Board of Australia, practitioners must maintain, enhance and extend their knowledge, expertise and competence throughout their careers in line with the changing needs of clients and society.

Can children receive chiropractic care?

The simple answer is yes. An infant may undergo significant trauma at birth. Many parents bring their newborns in to have them checked for any spine-related problems. Modern chiropractic primarily involves the diagnosis and management of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system affecting all ages. Just as in the treatment of adults, when chiropractors are called on to care for children the treatment goals must not be in conflict with the best available clinical evidence. Commonly, a trial of treatment may be undertaken in such circumstances before making a final decision on the best course of management.

A bandage and comforting words may be all a skinned knee needs, but there may be underlying structural damage to the extremities, pelvis, spine and skull. Regular chiropractic checks may be able to identify problems early, avoiding complaints in the future. Naturally, the chiropractic adjustment is tailored to your infant or child so that they are comfortable. At Wholistic Health Centre we understand that caring for children brings with it additional responsibilities. This is why we ensure we practice within the limits of competence, training and experience.

Am I too old to receive chiropractic care?

More and more people are seeing the benefits of consulting chiropractors in their later years. Concern that medications are overprescribed and the side effects of combining prescription drugs has led many to seek safe, natural chiropractic care.

Chiropractor Dr John may help restore your spinal function. The adjusting technique Dr John uses will be tailored to your comfort. As we become older and wiser, the effectiveness and simplicity of chiropractic care are more appealing.

How long will I need to receive chiropractic care for?

Some spinal problems, especially those present since early childhood, may require ongoing care to restore optimum spinal function. Some patients may find that periodic checks at the chiropractor help them stay in tip-top shape. If you are active, have a stressful job or want to feel your best, scheduling preventative visits may help you maintain your good health.

If you only seek chiropractic care when your ache or pain becomes unbearable, this type of crisis management may be costly and time-consuming. We are ready to help you out of pain no matter what your goal is with care. How long you choose to benefit from chiropractic care is your decision.

What happens if I need to change my appointment?

We understand that sometimes you may not be able to keep your scheduled appointments. If you are unable to attend or need to change your appointment please contact us immediately on 02 9599 6554, so we can reschedule your appointment to a more suitable time for you and offer the appointment to another person in need. To give us time to refill your appointment please give us at least 24 hours notice or a cancellation fee will apply for all initial consultations and regular appointments (excluding chiropractic). Ongoing chiropractic consultations require at least 6hrs notice to reschedule or cancel or a 50% fee applies.

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

There is no pain associated with adjustments in most cases. People often find that an adjustment is very relaxing.

With some adjusting techniques, you may hear a popping sound. This sound is no cause for concern and is simply a gas released from the joint. Whichever technique is best for you, Chiropractor Dr John uses his skills to administer a safe, effective adjustment.

What results can I expect from chiropractic care?

You may not have received chiropractic care before and understandably want to know what your results will be. Most people can expect some benefits soon after starting care, building on your results as we continue. Research shows that chiropractic care is more economical and effective and gives longer-lasting results for disorders of the spine than other forms of healthcare.

What is the difference between chiropractic & physiotherapy?

Chiropractic is based on the premise that the body has the ability to self-regulate and self-heal. We focus on the relationship between the structure and function of the body and how that relationship affects the restoration and preservation of your health.

Physiotherapy, according to the Australian Physiotherapy Association, uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness.

Each individual has different needs and must choose the most appropriate method of care for themselves. We believe that chiropractic, with a central focus on the spine and nervous system, provides a solution that can manage your pain and assist in restoring optimal well-being.

What is the cost of a chiropractic visit?

You can view our Fee Schedule here.

What should I wear to my visit?

Whatever clothing you wear, we’ll take care of you. At Wholistic Health Centre, your comfort is our priority!

However, we do recommend that your wear light, loose clothing that you are comfortable with. Avoid wearing any bulky clothing. We may ask you to remove your shoes, or any heavy bulky clothing such as a heavy winter jacket or thick jumper. At certain times, we may require certain areas of skin exposed. If this is the case, we will provide you with a gown to wear and use appropriate draping at all times.

If you are seeing a massage therapist, the best way to receive a massage or other bodywork is to be unclothed. Our massage therapist suggests you undress to the level of your comfort and you will be appropriately draped at all times.

Do I need a referral from a GP?

No, you can make an appointment directly without a referral to see any of our practitioners.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Bring yourself. X-rays, scans, reports, children’s blue books etc., are also helpful to bring to to your first appointment to help us give you the best care. Please bring your private health insurance card to all appointments and if you are claiming through workers compensation, third party or the allied health practitioners scheme you will need your medicare card and any relevant documentation.

Is my Treatment covered by health funds or Medicare?

Yes, most practitioners offer health fund rebates. Please check with your health fund personally to find out specific details / rebates for your membership as health funds are run independently to us.

Some therapies can be claimed through Medicare through the Enhanced Primary Care system. – Please see your doctor for a referral for this service.

Want to Learn More?

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about starting care at our clinic. Free parking is available and health funds are accepted. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Wolli Creek or Kareela practice!

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