Frequently Asked Questions

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Yes. A New Zealand royal commission of enquiry into Chiropractic found that adjustments are "remarkably safe". It was our own Dr Clive Mudgway that represented the chiropractic profession throughout the New Zealand commission of inquiry. Compare the statistics chiropractic adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking an over the pain reliever.

What Happens at Each Appointment?

On your first appointment:
We will ask you to fill in a form about your current and past health. Your Chiropractor will then talk to you about any health concerns you may have and how chiropractic care may benefit you. X-rays may be taken if required on site and your next appointment will be scheduled.

On your second appointment:
Clinical findings and x-rays if they were taken will be discussed with you. We will suggest a recommended schedule of care for you to gain the best possible results from chiropractic care.

What makes the sound during adjustment

Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. This fluid contains a dissolved gas. Pressure to the joint separates the gas from the liquid, creating the popping sound. Much like opening a bottle of champagne. The sound is interesting but it isn't a guide to the quality of the adjustment. An adjustment is the restoration of appropriate function of a spinal joint not the noise associated with it.

How Long Will it Take?

Everyone’s spine is unique and their chiropractic care is tailored specifically to their age, condition, individual health and goals. The number of adjustments varies depending on each patient. Many people report improvement within a week or two of frequent visits. Neglected spines, however, can often experience slower progress. Visits become less as the spine stabilizes.

Do I have a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve is rare. It is more likely that a poorly functioning spinal bone creates irritation or inflammation to the joint or disc that then irritate the nerve. This pressure distorts the nerve message sent between the brain and the body. This can produce unhealthy alterations to the organs and tissues connected by the effected nerves.

What are the Stages of Chiropractic Care?

Initial Intensive Care
This is where most patients begin their chiropractic care. Visits may be frequent but depend upon your individual condition. The primary focus is to help manage and relieve your most obvious symptom.

Rehabilitative Care
With your symptoms diminished the objective is to stabilise spinal function. Muscles and soft tissues of the spine are strengthened during this stage of care, helping to avoid a relapse.

Wellness Care
With the maximum restoration of spinal function many patients have their spine checked on a regular basis. This type of preventative care can save time and money by helping little problems from becoming serious.

How does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic care works because your are a self healing, self regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Instructions from your brain travel down your spinal cord and out to every organ and cell in your body. Signals get sent back to the brain to confirm your body is working correctly. Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine, called a subluxation, can interfere with this vital exchange of information by irritating nerves. Spinal adjustments can improve mind/body communications. Improved nervous system control often returns the body to a more adaptive healing state.

Do I have a slipped disc?

Between each pair of spinal bones is a disc. Its fibrous outer layer holds a jelly like material that acts a s a "ball bearing" for joint movement. Because of the way it attaches to the vertebra above and below a disc cant actually "slip". It can however bulge, tear and herniate. It can also dry out and collapse but it cant slip.

Progressive and Comparative Examinations

During the course of your care, reviews will be scheduled to monitor the changes to your body and to make sure you are receiving the maximum possible benefit. If there are other areas of your health you would like more information about, or help with, this is an ideal time to discuss these issues.

Our Maintenance Program

Helps support the final stages of healing and helps detect and resolve any new problems. Muscles and soft tissue of the spine are strengthened during this stage of care, helping to avoid a relapse and prevent little problems becoming serious. Each adjustment builds on the one before. Maintenance ensures your spine’s level of optimal health.

Similar to dental checkups, maintenance care is designed to monitor problem areas in the spine and nervous system, helping the body to correct these problems as they arise. We encourage our patients to develop a greater understanding of their health through chiropractic care.

Our aim is to see our patients evolve from the current sickness model of health care to one of prevention and wellness.

Appointment Times

We endeavour to run to schedule with appointment times. Sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances, such as an acute patient, which may put us slightly behind schedule.

Your chiropractor has designed a special course of care for your individual health needs. In order to achieve the results you desire please make certain you attend your appointments when scheduled. If you need to change your appointment, please try to give us as much notice as possible so you can schedule an alternative appointment at a convenient time. This allows us to fill your appointment space.

Late cancellations may incur a cancellation fee.

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