FAQ

I have heard that once I start chiropractic care, I’ll have to continue with it for the rest of my life. Is this true?

You may have heard the notion that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back. Before we answer that question, ask yourself how many times you have visited a dentist? Like most people, you’ve probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply, to prevent your teeth from literally rotting out of your head. Once chiropractic care eliminates your pain and rehabilitates the injured tissues we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Like your dentist and like many of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future. So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back, but just periodically. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness.

Do chiropractors treat conditions other than back pain?

Chiropractors provide effective treatment for all types of soft tissue disorders and not just back and neck ailments. This includes conditions of the joints of the extremities like the ankle, knee and shoulder. What you may not be aware of is chiropractic’s success in treating a number of non-soft tissue conditions like tabilizecal (painful menses), ulcers, migraine headaches, and ear infections in children. While we cannot claim to cure these conditions, we believe that many of these problems can be mimicked, aggravated and some times caused by disruptions in the nervous system as a result of spinal abnormalities. By correcting these spinal abnormalities like the vertebral subluxation, chiropractic has helped thousands of individuals overcome these conditions and regain control of their lives. A number of studies have also supported these findings. In one such study, spinal manipulative therapy was compared with standard medical treatments in the treatment of duodenal ulcers. The researchers Pikalov, MD, and Kharin, MD, found those subjects receiving spinal manipulations took an average of 16 days to heal vs. 26 days to heal in the standard medical treatment group. JMPT 1994;17(5):310-313

Why won’t my medical doctor refer me to a chiropractor? I think it would help.

Find another doctor who will. Your doctor is still “in the dark” as to the benefits of chiropractic care. The relationship between the medical & chiropractic professions has improved vastly over the past 10 years, but there remains a few staunch medical doctors out there who refuse to look at the benefits of chiropractic care.

Can a Chiropractor help with painful bone spurs?

Look for another cause of your pain! Many patients are told that they have “bone spurs” in their back or neck, with the implication that the bone spurs are the cause of their back pain. However, while bone spurs are an indication that there is degeneration of the spine, these bony growths are not usually the actual cause of the pain. The term “bone spurs” is really a bit of a misnomer, as the term “spurs” implies that they are “poking” some part of the spinal anatomy and causing pain. However, this is not at all true. Bone spurs are in fact smooth structures that form over a prolonged period of time. The medical term for bone spurs is osteophytes, and they represent an enlargement of the normal bony structure. Basically, osteophytes are a radiographic marker of spinal degeneration (aging) and are by and large a normal finding as we age. Over the age of 60, bone spurs are actually quite common. Read more information regarding spurs in the spine..

Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?

Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.

Could I be hurt by chiropractic care? Is it really safe?

The process of chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient procedure which is performed nearly one million times every working day in the United States.

There is a singular lack of actuarial data that would justify concluding that chiropractic care is in any way harmful or dangerous. Chiropractic care is non-invasive, therefore, the body’s response to chiropractic care is far more predictable than its reactions to drug treatments or surgical procedures. Of the nearly one million adjustments given every day in this country, complications are exceedingly rare. Perhaps the best summary statement on the subject of safety was published in 1979 by the Government of New Zealand which established a special commission to study chiropractic. They found:

"The conspicuous lack of evidence that chiropractors cause harm or allow harm to occur through neglect of medical referral can be taken to mean only one thing: that chiropractors have on the whole an impressive safety record."

The risks of chiropractic should be put in perspective. The Independent’s article said that “chiropractic treatment can result in vascular damage in an unknown number of cases” – so it’s not surprising it caused some alarm. Based on published cases and insurance reports, complications from genuine chiropractic manipulation to the neck are, at worst, a problem for 1 in 500,000 patients so treated. That’s just 0.0002 per cent. In contrast, a 1995 risk assessment study (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, vol 18, p 530) reported that nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs can carry a 0.4 per cent risk per year of severe stomach ulceration, possibly leading to perforation and death. Would the reluctant patient have chosen painkillers rather than chiropractic had he known?

Is chiropractic recognised by government agencies?

Chiropractic is recognised by governmental health care programs. Chiropractic is included in Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Program, Workers’ Compensation, Department of Veteran Affairs, Third Party Insurance Claims, and Private Health Insurance.

Is chiropractic care expensive?

Doctors of chiropractic provide effective, low-cost health care for a wide range of conditions. Studies conducted according to the highest scientific standards and published by organizations not affiliated in any way with chiropractic institutions or associations continue to show the clinical appropriateness and effectiveness of chiropractic care. One of the most recent, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, stated emphatically that:

"On the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain... There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low back pain was transferred from physicians to chiropractors."

I’ve heard that chiropractic really doesn’t have a scientific basis. What are the facts?

The practice of chiropractic is based on sound scientific principles. The existence of the nervous system as the primary control mechanism of the body is an undisputed scientific fact. Its relationship with the spine is the focus of the practice of chiropractic. The spine develops in utero to provide two primary functions: (1) allow for freedom of movement and (2) house and protect the spinal cord. When the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned through trauma or repetitive injury, two major consequences will result: (1) the range of motion becomes limited and (2) spinal nerves emerging from the spinal cord are compromised. DCs use the term “subluxation” to describe such disruptions. (For a thorough discussion of the subluxation go here). Interruption of nerve flow can eventually lead to pain, disability, and an overall decrease in the quality of life. Conversely, the removal of that interference has been shown to have significant, lasting health benefits. Through the adjustment of the subluxation, the doctor of chiropractic endeavours to restore normal nerve expression. The body is then able to respond appropriately to any imbalance in the system, thus relieving symptoms and restoring health.

Do I have to see my medical doctor before I see a chiropractor?

Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers. The doctor of chiropractic is a gatekeeper to the health care system and an independent practitioner who provides primary care services. The DC’s office is a direct access portal of entry to the full scope of service.

We do work closely with our local medical doctors in many cases but it is not necessary to visit you MD before your DC.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “done by hand.”

The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the intricate communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If these nervous system pathways are impaired, malfunction of the tissue and organ function throughout the body can result. Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutrition and exercise, wellness and healthy lifestyle modifications.

What is the difference between an exercise consultant and a personal trainer?

Our Exercise Consultant is a qualified personal trainer. The difference is our consultant has qualifications and experience in a range or other modalities which enables her to understand the body and the individual requirements in more detail. This ensures that the client receives a very in depth consultation which address their health on a whole new level.

Why would I see an exercise consultant if I go to the gym and have my own routine?

The exercise consultant is able to tailor a program or a plan which compliments your training program. There are certain exercises which are more beneficial than others for each individual, depending on each person’s goal. For example if you played tennis and wanted to improve your swing wouldn’t you get a coach to help? Sometimes we need to ensure we are doing things correctly to get the best out of what we are doing so we minimise chance or injury and maximise our chances for reaching or exceeding our goals.

Is it ok to see an exercise consultant if I am receiving treatment from a Chiropractor, Massage Therapist, or Physiotherapist?

Yes it is. It is actually recommended as the exercise consultant will advise you in accordance with any other forms of treatment. This is to ensure you receive optimal results. All exercise treatments and programs are created with the other modality to ensure your injury or condition is not aggravated but minimised.

How frequently is it appropriate to have consultations?

For the first 6 months to year on average it is common to see the homeopath every 4-6 weeks. However, this may differ for different circumstances.
For more information please contact the clinic on 95465222 or send us an email on support@dhctc.com.au

What conditions can be treated by Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is applied to a range of conditions including pregnancy aches and pains, stretch marks, and other pregnancy associated symptoms, acute inflammations, systemic imbalances, chronic degenerative diseases and mental/emotional disturbances. In saying this, Homeopathic treatment are not specific to any particular disease or illness, it is more directed at the individual’s underlying health status which could be creating the illness or disease. Appropriate Homeopathic remedies are then prescribed accordingly.

Is Homeopathy Safe?

Short Answer is, Yes. Since substances are given in small doses, the chance of toxicity and side effects are extremely low. This ensures safety during illness and with pregnancy.

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a Natural Therapy based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’. Basically a substance which can cause symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. An example of this is, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to this principle, when made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. This same concept is also used in conventional medicines for example allergens to treat allergies. This happens to stimulate the body’s natural system to deal with each situation.

How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?

Most people feel relaxed and less restricted in their movements after a single session. Depending on the reason for the massage, the therapist may use a greater amount of pressure which may result in temporary inflammation. The therapist will educate and advise you how to manage this. Follow up treatments may be recommended in order to treat and address the ailment. Overall, our patients feel a general sense of relief and increased energy, allowing them to go about their day in a positive and pain free manner.

Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.

How long will a massage treatment last?

The massage is all about you. We offer massages ranging from 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours. If it is work or sport specific, the massage therapist will advise you on the appropriate duration.

Is a massage always appropriate?

A comprehensive review of your health history will assist the therapist in determining whether a massage is appropriate. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking.

Will the massage oils used make me break-out?

We  use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions which are all dermatologically tested. If you do have a concern towards the oils used, please do not hesitate to tell the therapist. Our massage therapist can utilise other effective techniques that do not involve the use of oils.

How will a massage feel?

It usually depends on the techniques used. Our massage therapist uses a form of Swedish massage,. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm and relax your body. Depending on the type of massage, the pressure applied may become firmer to address a particular area of concern. Often, natural oils are applied in order to reduce friction to the skin, resulting in more affluent relief. We encourage our patients to proactive in  ask questions during the massage. We believe effective communication is key in order to provide you with a better service.

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to change your position, they will either move you or will ask you to move what is required. Otherwise, change your position  to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

What do I wear during the massage?

Always best to where comfortable clothes. A full body massage may require you undress to your underwear. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.

Where will my massage session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a specified massage room. Our soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a comfortable electric table especially designed for your comfort, and fresh crisp bath sheets are used.

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

Your massage therapist will require you to fill out an initial consultation form. The therapist will then ask a small series of important questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any presenting complaints

How do I know the orthotics will work for me?

Orthotics have helped people in Australia, as well as in Europe and America. We can’t tell you it will be beneficial for you until a lower limb assessment is conducted, and we will only prescribe an orthotic when we are 100% certain you will benefit from them. Our practice grows due to our success rate, so to not achieve success is not an option for us.

Who can benefit from wearing orthotics?

Generally, people with foot pain almost certainly benefit from wearing orthotics. More than 75% of the Australian population suffer from over pronation, which is the collapse of the arch and ankle joint. It is important to treat over-pronation during childhood. Like when a tree grows crooked and you tie a stake to it to help it grow straight….a child should be considered in the same frame of mind. The older we get the worse the problem can become. If arthritis sets in, or our muscles and ligaments become tighter and other compensation occurs then it becomes a question of how quick we can relieve ourselves from this condition. Our older community see many benefits from the right orthotic prescription.

Other groups include:

  • Any worker who is on their feet for a substantial amount of time a day. Our biggest groups are nurses, factory workers, waiters, construction workers and bar tenders.
  • Women who wear high heel shoes regularly.
  • Runners and athletes: for many it has become a norm to have an orthotic in their specific sport shoes, or general running footwear, as it aids the athlete to conduct their sport or activity in an ideal biomechanical motion.
  • Children 4-years and up: Sever’s Disease, Osgood-Schlatters and Growing Pains are the 3 most common conditions we treat. Postural Imbalances, pigeon toe, duck feet, toe walkers are just a few others to say the least. Our best results come from treating children.
  • People with diabetes and also arthritis sufferers.
  • Overweight or obese people.

What conditions or disorders can orthotics be used for?

Foot Pain including ball of foot pain, heel spurs/pain, Plantar Fasciitis, bunions, corns, are the most common and most effectively treated with orthotics Achilles Tendonitis. Our feet are the foundation of our body and many problems in the legs, knees and back can be attributed to poor foot posture.

Therefore, orthotics are great in treating:

  • Shin splints
  • Leg cramps
  • Knee pain
  • ITB syndrome
  • Hip pain
  • Lower back pain

This is the reason that many chiropractors and sports doctors have started using orthotics. Over-pronation at the feet causes the lower leg to rotate inwards and the pelvis tilt forward, in turn putting a lot of strain and stress on the legs, knees and back. Orthotics correct the problem of over-pronation and therefore greatly reduce internal leg rotation and forward pelvic tilt.

What shoes can I wear my orthotics in?

Your orthotics are only as good as the footwear you put them in. Proper footwear selection and fit is vital to the success of your orthotics.

Through consultation our team can advise you on correct footwear. Here at DHCTC orthotics can be created to specifically cater for a particular footwear including high performance sports like ice skates, football boots, and ski boots. Other wise the custom orthotic can be designed to fit from one shoe to another.

Can my orthotics be repaired?

Orthotic materials do wear over time, and depending on the life of the orthotic there are certain aspects of the orthotic that can be repaired. Additions and top covers are the most repairable part of the orthotic.

If you have orthotics that need to be repaired We are happy to assess them and advise you on how repairable they are and send off for repairs if required. Turn around is less than a week and an inexpensive process.

Can my orthotics be adjusted?

Our chosen Orthotic Lab are able to adjust your orthotics. If your orthotics do not feel comfortable or cause new pain or blisters, you may need an adjustment. For orthotics purchased at DHCTC, adjustments are free of charge within the first three months. After three months or for orthotics purchased elsewhere, we charge a nominal fee to cover material and labor.

How long will my orthotics last?

The body of our orthotics should last three to five years for adults and depending on wear, you may need to replace the top cover and other additions periodically.

After three to five years if your original symptoms return or you develop new symptoms, an assessment will be essential to see if it is an external factor or the orthotic itself. Children and adolescents’ orthotics should be replaced after their feet grow 1 to 2 shoe sizes. We will ensure that their new orthotics will last at least one year.

How do I take care of my orthotics?

To clean your orthotics, wash with warm water and mild soap and air dry. Do not expose them to high heat.

How will the orthotics feel at first?

When you first wear your orthotics, it is normal for the orthotics to feel strange; however, properly fitting orthotics should not cause any new pain, blistering or redness. If this does occur, remove the orthotics and make an appointment with your Orthotic Therapist for an adjustment.

Although symptomatic relief will not occur over night, consistently wearing your orthotics for a period of time will realign your foot and allow healing to occur.

What is a custom orthotic?

A custom foot orthotic is a device placed inside the shoes with the purpose of restoring our natural ideal foot function. It is a custom insole that helps with any injuries, imbalances, pains or discomfort in your feet or lower limb

Orthotics work by realigning the feet and ankle joint to effectively reduce pressure and correct imbalances. A custom orthotic is different to a basic insole or an off the shelf orthotic as it is not custom designed for your feet or to suit your particular requirements.

They are generally more expensive than an off the shelf orthotic but they last a whole lot longer and cater for your individual needs.

Why do we need orthotics?

An estimated 70% of Australians suffer from a condition called over-pronation or ‘fallen arches’. Some people over-pronate more than others. The fact that so many of us have fallen arches can be contributed to the hard, flat surfaces we walk on daily. Also, age, weak ankle muscles and body-weight play a role. Hence, over-pronation is much more prevalent in people in their fifties and older and also in overweight persons.

For many people and especially younger people, over-pronation doesn’t pose a real problem. However, abnormal foot function caused by over-pronation can lead to various problems like heel pain, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, even knee pain and low back pain!