FAQ - Chiropractic

Frequently asked questions about chiropractic

Can chiropractic help me?

Chiropractic care can be of benefit to many people suffering pain and dysfunction. Shall a problem be diagnosed, chiropractic adjustments may help. The degree of response can vary due to time the condition has existed, the lifestyle of the patient and one's compliance to care recommendations.

Does the adjustment hurt?

Typically, no. We take every measure to deliver a gentle and effective adjustment. If one is experiencing a high degree of pain, such as an acute episode, simply touching the spine may hurt. In these situations, your chiropractic doctor may apply ice for up to 15 minutes to reduce any discomfort that may occur during the procedure.

What is that cracking sound?

Joints are highly pressurised. During adjustment, joint surfaces slightly move, allowing for nitrogen gas to escape from an area of high to low pressure. This sudden movement of gas results in a unique sound that can be heard.

How many adjustments will I need?

It is difficult to predict exactly how many visits a new patient will need to resolve their initial complaint because each individual's injury and healing response is generally different. Experience allows us to give each patient an estimate on how long their recovery may take after the initial exam. We will have a much clearer picture after 2-3 visits.

Does everyone need x-rays?

Not all patients require an x-ray before commencing care. Our chiropractors assess each case on an individual basis to determine whether an x-ray is necessary. Factors increasing the likelihood of requiring x-rays include previous history of trauma to the spine, chronic problems, signs of nerve irritation, arthritis, and history of serious illness.

Who can be checked for chiropractic problems?

Anyone from infants to the elderly may carry problems that can benefit from chiropractic care. A thorough history and examination will determine if you are a suitable candidate for chiropractic care. There is a common concern among parents who might think their children will receive similar force adjustments to the ones they received. Firstly, a chiropractic examination is required to determine if a spinal dysfunction is involved.

If my problem does not require chiropractic?

Being a primary contact practitioner your chiropractor will know when to refer you to another appropriate provider. Chiropractors are trained in organ systems diagnosis along with musculoskeletal diagnosis and are trained under what circumstances to refer accordingly.

Is chiropractic safe?

Like many procedures in health there is also risk with the application of chiropractic. Chiropractors are trained to mitigate risk with thorough history taking, detailed examination and appropriate technique selection for the individual.

Isn't some back pain normal?

Pain of any kind, at any age, is a sign that something isn't right. Pain is the way your body signals that a limit has been reached or a problem has developed. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off. While they may go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem can slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult to resolve.

Can I use my private health insurance?

Our chiropractic services are covered by most private health insurances. Full payment is expected on the day of the appointment. The tax invoice will be sent directly to your email for fast claims.

Do you support CDA, DVA, TCA and WorkCover?

The short answer is yes. We support most government supported care solutions, including Chronic Disease Management Plan (Medicare), Transport Accident Commision (TAC), Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA), and WorkSafe Victoria. You can read more about the different types below:

Chronic Disease Management Plan (Medicare)
The CDM plan is a Medicare initiative to assist individuals suffering chronic problems with or without associated problems. This initiative provides recipients with up to five allied health consultations per calendar year, with fees generally covered by Medicare. In the event that the Medicare coverage does not meet the specific practitioner fee, the practitioner may or may not charge the recipient a gap payment for the consultation. If you feel you may be eligible for a CDM plan, please speak with your Chiropractor at the time of your next consultation.

Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
If you have suffered an injury following an accident you may be eligible for TAC coverage. Firstly, you will need to lodge a claim with the TAC, once approved your practitioner may assist you in your recovery. Forward Chiropractic takes the hassle out of your TAC Chiropractic claim by assisting you with all relevant paperwork, documents and forms.

Department Of Veteran Affairs (DVA)
All individuals with a gold or white DVA card are eligible to receive DVA funded chiropractic care. Your chiropractor will perform a thorough assessment, and recommend a specific treatment plan for your needs. There is no need for you to pay for your consultations as our staff will directly bill DVA, ensuring your treatment with us is completely hassle free.

Work Cover
If you have become injured or incapacitated during your occupational activities you may be eligible for Work Cover chiropractic services. This initiative is simple to follow, initially it is important for you to register your claim. WorkSafe Victoria will assess your claim and if deemed successful you may consult with a practitioner who will assist you with prompt return to your working environment. It is important during your treatment schedule to keep record of all certificates, documents provided by your employer or practitioner as well as providing your employer with specific treatment expenses.

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