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Keilor East Clinic

Phone: (03) 9331 4445

Address: Milleara Mall Shopping Centre
Level 1, Suite 49 - 235 Milleara Road
Keilor East, Victoria, 3033

 

Caroline Springs

Phone: (03) 8390 2233

Address: 51 Caroline Springs Boulevard,
Caroline Springs, Victoria, 3023

 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic

 


 

How often do I have to come?

People use Chiropractors in different ways. Some choose to use us like a Band-Aid, to patch up the pain. Others choose to try get to the root of the problem and 'fix' their spine. Whatever you choose, how long you decide to benefit from Chiropractic is up to you.

 


 

Help! I have been told I may need surgery

In some case surgery is necessary. As your surgeon will likely tell you, this should usually be the last resort. Often we have helped patients who have been told surgery is the only option. If we don't think, we can help we will tell you and refer you appropriately.

 


 

I have had back surgery; can I still see you?

Absolutely. Chiropractic can be very effective even when surgery has not provided an answer. We take a careful history and thorough physical examination to allow for appropriate, safe, rational, effective care.

 


 

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No, except if you wish to claim EPC

 


 

I have been told I have arthritis; how can you help?

Spinal arthritis is not so much an ageing disease as it is a wear and tear problem. The older we get the more we tend to see but it is rarely seen throughout the whole spine, which is obviously the same age. When the spine is out of alignment in a true sense it tends to wear faster.

 

Whilst Chiropractic cannot reverse the damage, a properly maintained spine that works efficiently tends to wear better and suffer less pain.

 


 

Do Chiropractors treat children?

Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bike and other childhood activities can cause spinal health problems.

 

While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child's spine, skull, pelvis and extremities is the domain of a Chiropractor. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as growing pains? may be spinal in origin.

 

Regular chiropractic check-ups may be able to identify these problems and may help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults.

 


 

I am pregnant, can I see a Chiropractor?

Absolutely. During pregnancy your body undergoes many physical and mechanical changes, not least of which is carrying all that extra weight. Indeed, back pain during pregnancy/delivery actually predicts future pain. By maintaining your spine during pregnancy you may help protect against this, and spinal and pelvic joints that move well can often aid an easier delivery.

 


 

Do you bulk bill?

Chiropractic is not covered under Medicare in Australia at this time. The exception is the Enhanced Primary Care program (see your GP for details).

 


 

Do you take DVA, Workcover or Enhanced Primary Care Patients?

Yes, though you will need a referral from your GP first for EPC. Headache and neck pain can be connected to neck posture, even if you're only a child, but it gets more prevalent as we get older.

 

Forward head position is potentially linked to higher risk of headache, neck pain, upper back pain, jaw pain, tinnitus (ringing in ears) and shoulder and arm pain and numbness in the arms and fingers.

 


 

Spine Shape Counts

There is good medical research linking neck shape distortion also to poorer surgical outcomes for spinal fractures after severe trauma (1) (where necks are broken and paralysis can be an issue), to pain after whiplash (2), to increased neck pain risk, increased headache and migraine risk (3) and increased risk of osteoarthritis in the neck (4). In fact, in one well-done medical epidemiological study of those aged over 70, they found that rigid greater forward neck position in some people is linked, believe it or not, to earlier death.

 


 

How can this be measured scientifically?

Whilst just observation is sometimes a good clue, the actual degree of forward head position or other spine shape distortion can only accurately be measured joint by joint, by x-ray.

 


 

We have an active interest in very long term pain cases, particularly those that have failed to respond to other forms of care.

We use chiropractic practice based research on an evidence-informed basis for the care of spinal pain syndromes. Often we can provide the answer when no-one else can. We are not a cure for everyone, but often can help. We offer many types of Chiropractic care and cater to patient needs. You are the decision maker for your own health and we respect this.

 


 

How Important Is Your Posture for Health and Wellbeing?

Your posture is not only important to how others perceive you, but also to increase your health and wellbeing. When you walk down the street, you perceive others according to their posture. Your posture is important because of the importance it has on your nervous system and health.

 

In order for you to maintain your posture, it requires the coordination of over 200 muscles. Would this explain why, one of your major complaints is that you are constantly tired? The distortions in your posture can show if there is a compromise in the coordination of the nerves travelling through your spine.

 


 

Headache, migraine and neck pain can ruin your daily life

If your pain persists, can we suggest you call for a talk and perhaps an examination with me? We may be able to help where other care has failed. Cautious optimism is often the order of the day.

 

We can't help everyone, but we may help you. we use no drugs, pills, injections and no operations. Just proven, safe, natural, evidence-based world class, cost-effective Chiropractic care.

 

chiropractic coverage in Australia cover us (as best we are aware). Your GP can refer you for Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) for chronic complaints

 

We welcome collaboration or co-care with your other caregivers and specialists, including your GP, neurologist, orthopaedic or neurosurgeon or physiotherapist.

 

If you have headaches, migraines, or neck pain or are concerned about that lump at the base of your neck looking larger and your becoming more stooped, we'd like to talk to you (there's no cost or obligation to talk). You have nothing to lose but your pain and stooped posture.

 


 

How does Chiropractic work?

Chiropractic can be startlingly effective for headache, neck pain, back pain, shoulder and arm pain, leg, knee and ankle pain just to name a few. Your nervous system controls your body. Chiropractors work to remove disturbance to this system to better allow your body to help itself.

 

By restoring joint movement and alignment, muscle function and nerve function, your body works more efficiently, hurts less and feels better. Many report a feeling of better wellbeing, better sleep, more energy and better emotional and psychology wellbeing (pain messes with your moods as well as your body).

 

Chiropractic can be effective for many conditions such as colic in babies (maybe it is just a headache or neck pain making junior unhappy), dizziness, fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica and migraine

 


 

Does Chiropractic Hurt? Do you crack bones?

Chiropractic treatment is usually painless. Many people find getting their spine adjusted makes them feel great. A Chiropractic adjustment may involve applying quick, precise pressure to the joint which may create a popping noise. The noise doesn't come from your bones, rather it is gas being released when the joint is separated (just like popping a knuckle).

 

Chiropractic is safe even for the very elderly and osteoporotic, for which we use special techniques

 


 

Are Chiropractors well trained?

Registered Chiropractors in Australia must undergo five years of full time university training. These courses are of similar length and as in-depth as medical courses, but, focus on health promotion via better body and nerve function, rather than on drugs and surgery.

 

Chiropractic education involves a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, X-ray biomechanics, adjusting techniques and related subjects.