Do I need a referral from a GP to see a Chiropractor?
No. Chiropractors are a primary contact practitioner – as such, no form of referral is required as a prerequisite to visit a chiropractor.
How long will I need Chiropractic care?
The shorSpinal health related problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness or tension, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine. Most patients find that periodic chiropractic check ups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful lives, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health and for fostering wellness.
Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their aches and pains become unbearable. While this style of crisis management is usually more costly and time consuming, chiropractors stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals.
How long you decide to benefit from the chiropractic care is always up to you.
Is Chiropractic appropraiate for newborns and the elderly?
Yes. I see a range of people from all age groups and backgrounds. From 1 day old to nearly 100 years old! The techniques and methods used are appropriate for the particular age group and range from exceptionally gentle adjustments (the pressure you would use to test a peach for its ripeness) to a more sports based approach.
In relation to caring for neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs. However, it is important to note that while chiropractic has an excellent safety record based on drug free non-invasive care, no form of healthcare is entirely free of potential adverse effects.
While some reports have attempted to associate chiropractic neck adjustments with an occurrence of a particular kind of stroke (vertebral artery dissection), research conducted in 2008 in the journal Spine – undertaken as a part of the World Health Organisation Bone and Joint Decade Neck Pain Taskforce – provides the strongest support for the extremely high safety of chiropractic care. According to the study, increased risks of vertebral artery dissection were likely explained by patients with pre-existing stroke-related neck pain and headaches consulting chiropractors and primary care physicians before the occurrences of a stroke.
Furthermore, the research asserted that while there was an association of vertebral artery stroke with chiropractic patients under 45, a similar association existed between the same type of stroke and use of primary care physicians in all age groups.
In the study researchers noted that patients are no more likely to suffer a stroke following chiropractic care than they would after visiting their family doctors office. Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength to conduct safe, effective adjustments.
Chiropractic care is a natural approach to better health that is safe and effective. Please feel free to discuss this matter with your chiropractor.
What happens with my private health insurance?
Upon paying for your visit, please present the reception staff with your Private Health Cover card and the refund can your rebate be processed instantaneously through our HICAPS machine. Credit card, EFTPos and Cash facilities are available to pay the gap.
What happens during a Report of Findings visit?
Dr Graham will show and explain your diagnosis and the findings of the initial examination and x-rays. Dr Graham will work with you to specifically tailor your health and wellness management protocol.
Does everyone need X-rays?
No. X-rays are only needed when clinically indicated. X-rays allow for diagnosis of various conditions such as arthritis, scoliosis and osteoporosis and is also used to rule out more sinister causes of spinal problems.
Dr Graham will determine whether or not this is required based on your history and examination findings. All x-rays are bulk billed.
Who monitors and regulates Chiropractors?
Chiropractors are five-year university trained, government regulated and registered healthcare professionals.
Government established chiropractic regulation board AHPRA– whose regulations chiropractors must strictly adhere to in order to maintain registration to practice – exist in all Australian states and territories to ensure increased public safety for the Australian population. This body is responsible for maintaining the highest standards for all practitioners.
What results can I expect?
Spinal joint dysfunction can affect people in different ways, therefore the results achieved by each individual will vary.
Dr Graham uses multiple specific outcome measures to ensure you are actually getting better-and if not he will reassess the suitability for chiropractic care.
Your body has an incredible capacity to heal itself. Many people find they have more energy, they sleep better, have better concentration, or a greater ability to overcome everyday stresses.
Other people find their headache, neck or back pain, significantly diminish. Most people are in fact delighted with the success they have with chiropractic when compared to traditional medical treatment (drugs and surgery).
How will I feel after an adjustment?
Amazing! More movement, less pain, better posture… However, some people may feel slight soreness following their first few treatments as the body begins to realign. This is a normal part of the healing process, not unlike having a good workout in the gym!
This is usually very mild and only lasts for a short time (24-48hrs), but generally people report they the feel ’lighter’, more relaxed and sleep better.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
An adjustment is a very specific pressure applied to the spine to help the body correct dysfunctional biomechanics. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Dr Graham prefers manual adjustments but also specially designed tables or an activator. After years of training and clinical experience, Dr Graham has become highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.
Does my spine really ‘crack’?
No. Actually, it’s pretty cool! The popping noise that is sometimes associated with certain techniques is due to gas (80% carbon dioxide), rushing into to fill a partial vacuum created when the joint surfaces move slightly. Some techniques will produce no sound at all.
What causes joint dysfunction?
Joint dysfunction is caused by stress on the body that the body has been unable to adapt to.
Physical Stress can range from knocks and falls (both recent and historical injuries), whiplash trauma and prolonged sitting or standing. The birth process itself can exert pressure on the spine and nervous system and the use of forceps can sometimes create further distress.
Chemical Stress includes anything from too much alcohol, sugar and grains to breathing environmental pollutants. These stresses upset they body’s
chemistry, which disrupts the tone of both muscles and ligaments resulting in lack of movement.
Mental Stress may result from work or relationship pressures and can result in ligaments and muscles tightening. If state of mental stress is sustained our body can undergo significant physiological changes, such as increased blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, headaches and much more.