Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the role of a chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a health professional, much like your general physician, whose job is to diagnose, treat, and help their patients in whatever ways they’re trained to do so. Unlike your normal doctor, however, chiropractors refrain from using the influences of drugs or surgery to treat their patients and instead focus on more natural methods of care.

Is massage therapy part of every patient’s treatment?

Yes. Physical therapy and manipulation of the body are heavy components of chiropractic treatment that are used in basically every treatment. Chiropractors use massage therapy as a way to adjust the body, relieve muscle tension, and reduce pain—so it’s an all-around method that can aid in treating a wide array of conditions from minor to severe.

Does each patient receive the same treatment?

No. Every patient is unique in their past medical history, current health status, and future health goals. Considering this, chiropractors work with patients to establish a treatment plan that is completely individualised to fit their needs rather than providing a general plan for treatment to everyone. By personalising your treatment, chiropractors are speeding up your recovery time and getting you back to feeling your best more quickly than you would if you had the same type of care as any other patient.

What can I expect after my initial treatment?

After your initial treatment, your doctor will go through a developed plan to improve your body’s performance and reduce any pain you might be experiencing. You might also have to make changes to your diet as well as the amount of exercise you do each week. Throughout the treatment process, your chiropractor will make adjustments to your treatment based on your ongoing performance and improvements to match your body’s physical capabilities as well as your potentially changing goals.

What do I need to bring to my treatment sessions?

You can wear your normal clothing most of the time because patients will often be asked to change into a gown or strip down to their under layers to provide the doctor access to the areas where they will use massage therapy to treat you. Patients also often wear athletic gear for comfort.

Are x-rays a necessary part of treatment?

The need for an x-ray is dependent on your medical history and current treatment plans. X-rays are not always necessary but if you have had to have x-rays conducted in the past in relation to current medical issues, it is a good idea to bring them with you to show your chiropractor.

Will I need a referral from my general physician to see a chiropractor?

Referrals from your general physician are, in most cases, unnecessary to begin chiropractic treatment. Considering that chiropractic treatment doesn’t involve drugs or surgery, it’s basically a natural and low-intensity form of physical treatment. For patients requiring Enhanced Primary Care (EPC), they will require a referral from their GP.

Are chiropractic services covered by private health fund?

Yes. Most chiropractic services at a clinic are recognised by private health funds and covered. In some cases, services might only be partially covered and will need to be compensated through payments made by the patient to cover the remaining balance.

Is there an age limit for patients who can receive chiropractic care?

There isn’t really an age limit when it comes to chiropractic treatment. Patients range from the young (teens) to the elderly (90s). Chiropractic care is so diverse that it can benefit patients of any age and for various purposes.

How safe is chiropractic treatment?

Chiropractic treatment is extremely safe in comparison to the care you might receive from a general physician by means of drug use or surgical methods. Chiropractors solely use physical manipulation techniques on the body as well as other harmless methods of treatment. There is a little force used in cases of spinal manipulation treatments and related techniques but it is painless.

What kind of patients are eligible for chiropractic care?

Patients range from the young to the old, athletes, pregnant women, those suffering from various conditions, and individuals interested purely in improving their current physical health. Most everyone is eligible for chiropractic care and there is no requirement that you have to be suffering from a particular kind of injury to receive treatment.

For answers to any other questions you might have, please get in touch with your local No More Pain Chiropractic clinic today to speak with a staff member or set up a consultation with your chiropractor.