35 Lyall Rd

Berwick VIC 3806

03 9796 2808

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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’re a new or returning patient, we know that there are often many questions regarding your treatment. If your question is not answered by our frequently asked questions below, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone, email, or our online form. Click here to go to our Contact Us page.

Yes. Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct specific chiropractic adjustments. Various types of manual therapy and low force interventions are also used where appropriate.

Chiropractic care has a very low risk profile, especially when compared with more invasive methods of spinal healthcare. However, all forms of chiropractic treatment have the potential for adverse reactions in some people.

Our practitioners only use specific gentle low force techniques for adjusting infants and children ensuring the treatment is safe and effective. 

While brief discomfort after treatment can occur, it is rare and most people find having spinal manipulation very relaxing. With some treatments, you may sometimes feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a change in pressure in the joint, as spinal movement is improved.

Some chiropractic treatment techniques, but not all, may cause popping sounds. This popping sound simply is caused by a release of gas within the joint.

No. There is no age limit on chiropractic care.  In order to deliver the safest, most effective and highest quality care possible, chiropractic techniques are modified appropriately for each person at every age and stage of life.

The chiropractor will select the safest and most appropriate treatment with the aging patient, taking into consideration conditions like osteoporosis.

In Australia, chiropractors share a common tertiary education pathway with osteopaths and physiotherapists. Chiropractic education involves undergraduate and/or masters-level university training over five years.

All accredited chiropractic programs in Australia include units in basic and clinical sciences. Also included are units in physical therapy, physical rehabilitation, radiology, nutrition, paediatrics, geriatrics, public health, and evidence-based practice.

As with other primary healthcare professions, chiropractic pre-professional training requires a significant proportion of the curricula to be clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. As part of professional training, final-year students must also complete a minimum of a one-year supervised clinical internship.

All registered chiropractors must complete mandatory continuing education each year in order to maintain registration and practice as a non-pharmacological, non-surgical spine care and musculoskeletal-allied healthcare professional.

All chiropractors must be registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia and meet the Board’s registration standards, in order to practice in Australia.

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory, a person cannot call themself a chiropractor (or hold them self out to be a chiropractor) or undertake manipulation of the cervical spine if they are not registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia.

New patient appointments require 30-45 minutes. This will include patient history, assessment and treatment. Standard visits require 15 minutes.

No. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners, therefore a referral is not required. However, we see a large number of patients referred from doctors with a Team Care Arrangement plan (TCA) which can entitle you to 5 subsidised consultations. For more information please, call our office to enquire.

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