Are you looking for a solution to your pain? Chiropractic might be able to help you.



What to expect for your first appointment

Step 1: Making an appointment

You can book your appointment online via our website, or call the clinic if you have questions prior. If you cannot find an appointment time that suits you, please call us or send us an email. We should be able to get you in within 48 hours.

Step 2: Your first appointment

You will start by checking in and filling out an intake form.  Your chiropractor will carefully review your form and ask further questions to develop a thorough understanding of your presenting complaint and overall health condition, or determine if any red flags indicate immediate referral to a medical facility.

Step 3: Examination

The examination will entail a series of small assessments from checking your posture, feeling for pressure and swelling, analysing joint motion, as well as orthopaedic and neurological testing. The emphasis of chiropractic is in problem detection and not routine manipulative therapy.

Step 4: X-Ray or Further Investigation

If an X-ray is indicated, we will refer you out to our partner radiology clinic in North Melbourne. Information obtained from X-Ray includes the presence of anomalies and degenerative change, signs of trauma as well as the presence.

Step 5: Adjustment

With all the information put together, you will receive a very accurate, calculated and controlled movement to your problem area only. Chiropractors term this an "adjustment". It only takes a split second and is usually painless. Most patients will receive an adjustment on the first visit.

Step 6: After your adjustment

Although most feel immediate relief after the adjustment, some may experience temporary reactionary swelling or some muscle soreness from guarding. This is normal and usually settles within 48 hours. Some acute stages of presentation may not feel any different for several days until inflammation has begun to settle.

What is chiropractic and how might it help you?

At Forward Chiropractic, our mission is to help as many members of the community to better health through specific and ethical care. We are proud to be using the Gonstead system to accurately assess, find and fix the problem. Optimal spinal function is an essential pillar of health and we pride ourselves on excellent results. Our practice cares for the communities of Kensington, Flemington, North Melbourne, Ascot Vale, Moonee Ponds, and beyond.

The World Health Organisation defines chiropractic as: "A health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a particular focus on subluxations."
World Health Organization, Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005

Chiropractic concerns itself with the science and art in detecting and correcting spinal dysfunction. Chiropractors use a procedure known as "chiropractic adjustment". This procedure follows a thorough analysis and diagnosis of the specific spinal dysfunction involved. The adjustment is a controlled force applied specifically to a dysfunctional joint complex with the objective to restore joint mobility.

Joint dysfunction also termed "Spinal Subluxation" by chiropractors, involves joint hypomobility or restriction and can be the result of tissue injury from an isolated traumatic event such as a heavy fall or from repetitive stresses such as poor posture.
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