Frequently Asked Questions
We know you might have some questions before your first visit. Check out the most frequently asked questions from our previous patients or questions we hear the most below.
If you still have questions before your first visit feel free to call the team today!
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your first visit with us at Strathalbyn Chiropractic will include health history paperwork and a 40 minute consultation whereby a thorough history and examination is performed to assess and diagnose your condition. An appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs will be provided, along with some treatment & home care advice. If further testing (Xray, Ultrasound, MRI) is required this will be referred for. Any questions you have regarding you condition and care will be answered in full by our caring Chiropractors. We welcome new patients to our practice!
Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes. Here at Strathalbyn Chiropractic allowing time for a thorough health history and examination and utilising evidence based care helps put you in safe hands. If you have any questions or concerns, there is always adequate time for discussion and clarification as your health is our greatest concern.
In the words of the Royal New Zealand Commission of Inquiry on Chiropractic, chiropractic is “remarkably safe.”
How many treatments will I need?
The number of adjustments varies with each patient and their individual health goals. Many patients sense progress within a week to two weeks of frequent visits. Visits become less often as your spine stabilises. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years.
How much does it cost/is it covered by private health insurance?
Adult $58, Pensioner/concession $52, Student $46, Child 5 years and under $40
Adult/pensioner/tertiary student $95, Student and Child $75,
Payment must be made at the time of your visit. For your convenience we accept EFTPOS and have HICAPS which accepts all major private health insurers. Your may also claim on the spot for DVA or Medicare AHP schemes with your GPs referral.
How long until I feel better?
Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process. How long have you had your problem? Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise and nutrition? Do you smoke? Are you in otherwise good condition? Within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to fully carry out their doctor’s recommendations
During an adjustment, what are the sounds that are made?
During a Chiropractic adjustment the two opposing surfaces of the joint are stretched. This creates a low pressure inside the joint. The low pressure allows gas bubbles to form inside the joint making a popping sound. Just like when you open a champagne bottle and get all the bubbles and pop! The sound is interesting, but it isn’t a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment. In fact in our clinic we use a variety of techniques, some of which may not make a sound at all, this may be the best technique for you, your Chiropractor will specifically tailor to your situation to get the best results.
Do adjustments cause arthritis or the spine to become loose?
No. Adjustments actually remove the problem that causes arthritis. That is, stiff and misaligned joints, or subluxations. Adjustments are only used to correct subluxations. In compensation to subluxations the adjacent joints may move too much and become unstable or too loose. Although it is very easy to get these joints to crack, (some people do it on themselves, DON'T!!) and get some short-term relief, doing this only creates more instability and aggravates the problem. This is the main reason that a thorough examination is required.
Do Chiropractors and Medical Doctors get along?
We are working on it! Years of prejudice and bias are giving way to research showing the many benefits of chiropractic care. Attitudes are slow to change. However, as the public demands alternatives to drugs and surgery, more and more medical practitioners are referring their patients to our office. You do not need a referral to visit our office but some patients are referred to us via their medical doctors and the Allied Health Care Plan through Medicare. We love working with other health care professionals, after all it is all about your health.
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