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Have a question about chiropractic care or how it could help you?
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Family Chiropractic Bundaberg.
1. What does a Chiropractor do? +
It’s a common misconception that Chiropractic is “bone cracking” or “bone crunching”. But, this isn’t the case. In fact, chiropractors don’t “crack” your bones or cause them to rub together at all!
The primary role of a chiropractor is to assess and correct neuro-spinal problems, as well as other structural problems in the body. We return your body to a balanced state through safe manual adjustments of your spine and joints. Our focus is on restoring optimal movement and function to your spine and nervous system.
That popping sound you hear? That’s just gas escaping from the joints in your body as they’re moved, creating a change in pressure. It’s definitely not your bones cracking, and it’s certainly nothing to be alarmed or worried about. Learn more about our approach here >
2. What is a chiropractic adjustment? +
A chiropractic adjustment is a safe and comfortable treatment where our trained chiropractors use their hands (or a small instrument) to apply a controlled, sudden force to specific joints in your body. The goal of this treatment is to improve your spinal motion and your body's physical function so you can live freely without pain or restriction.
3. Does chiropractic hurt? +
Good news! Chiropractic adjustments usually don’t hurt. Some patients report feeling slightly uncomfortable, experiencing mild soreness or “pressure”, but once the adjustment is performed you shouldn’t feel any pain. In general, most of our clients enjoy being adjusted and love the way chiropractic feels. Most of our patients can’t wait for their next adjustment!
4. How many adjustments will I need? +
Every person is different and no two spines are the same! When you visit our practice, we’ll assess your symptoms and create an individualised treatment plan for you. As your chiropractic care continues and your pain improves, the care you need will change.
Despite popular belief, you won’t need to visit us forever. Unless, of course, you want to! Many of our long-term clients enjoy chiropractic care on an ongoing basis as part of their overall healthcare regime.
5. What qualifications do chiropractors have? +
To become a registered chiropractor today, a person needs to do a minimum of 5 years of full-time university study. In order to keep their registration current, a chiropractor also needs to complete a minimum of 25 hours of Continuing Professional Development training each year. Read more about our Chirporactors here >
6. Do I need a medical referral? +
No, you don’t need a referral from your GP to visit Family Chiropractic Bundaberg. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners. You can contact us directly for an appointment on (07) 4181 1464.
7. Is chiropractic covered by Medicare? +
Chiropractic care is not generally covered under medicare however some people may be eligible under the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) scheme. Your G.P. will be able to tell you if this applies to you.
8. What if I feel nervous about seeing a chiropractor? +
Occasionally a new client in our practice will let us know that they feel nervous about getting an adjustment and that’s totally okay. One of the skills of a chiropractor is to select techniques that make you feel comfortable and best suit your needs. It’s your body after all!
So if you have any preferences or feel apprehensive about any aspect of chiropractic care, please let us know and we’ll do our best to adapt our techniques to suit your body. We will never force you to do anything you don’t want to do.
9. Who can see a chiropractor? +
Chiropractic is for everyone! At Family Chiropractic Bundaberg, we care for adults, teenagers, kids, babies, athletes, pregnant women, and the elderly. We’re trained to recognise when you won’t benefit from our care and are happy to refer you to other health practitioners when necessary.
10. Can I see a chiropractor if I’ve had surgery? +
Yes, absolutely! Our chiropractors have seen many clients who have recovered from back, knee, hip, and shoulder surgeries. When you visit our practice, we’ll take a complete medical history, perform a thorough physical assessment, and recommend a personalised care plan that’s tailored to your unique needs. We can provide lower force and pressure techniques if required.
11. Can chiropractic prevent surgery? +
Chiropractic is a natural, holistic, and non-invasive alternative to pain medication and surgery. In many cases when this approach is tried first, our clients can avoid invasive surgical intervention. However, every case is different and therefore we cannot guarantee that chiropractic will prevent YOUR surgery.
12. Is chiropractic safe? +
Yes, very safe. When you see a qualified chiropractor you are in good hands! There are very few reported cases of serious injury associated with chiropractic care in the history of our profession.
In fact, there is a large body of research that cites the benefits of spinal adjustments, spinal manipulations, and other chiropractic techniques published in a range of peer-reviewed journals. There is also a large body of research demonstrating how safe chiropractic care is whenprovided by a trained, registered chiropractor.
13. Why don’t doctors like chiropractors? +
It is true that there are still some ‘old-fashioned’ medical doctors who do not encourage people to see chiropractors however in our office we have received over 200 referrals from local medical centres over the past 2 years. Modern medical practitioners recognise the need for a holistic approach to health and they refer people to us because they know that when it comes to the non-surgical care of spine and joint dysfunction chiropractic care is effective and safe. Hopefully in the future even the ‘old-fashioned’ GPs will start to see health care as a team approach rather than being close-minded.
14. Isn’t chiropractic just bone cracking? +
Many people associate chiropractic care with the ‘crack’, or ‘pop’ or ‘click’ sound that joints in the body can make when they move in certain ways. “Bone-cracker” was a term used in the 1900’s to describe people who didn’t have any qualifications but who could ‘crack bones’ in an attempt to make people feel better. The term is still occasionally used to describe chiropractors today however it does not reflect the level of training, knowledge and skill of a modern-day, university-trained chiropractor. To become a registered chiropractor today, a person needs to do a minimum of 5 years of full-time university study. In order to keep their registration current, a chiropractor needs to complete a minimum of 25 hours of Continuing Professional Development training each year. In our office our chiropractors take a full case history, perform a thorough physical assessment, provide a written report and recommend a personalised care plan. (It’s a little more than just ‘bone cracking’)
15. Once you go to the chiropractor do you have to keep going back? +
This is a common misunderstanding regarding chiropractic. It is true that many people choose chiropractic as part of their regular health plan however this does not mean that they have to keep going. The goal of chiropractic is to ensure you have a healthy spine and a healthy body for as long as possible, but it is always up to you how long you wish to utilise chiropractic care. In our practice we encourage people to make lifestyle changes, move more, sit less, eat well, improve posture, manage stress, drink more water… we want you to take responsibility for your own health and not just rely on us to do it for you.
16. I really don’t like the idea of having my neck cracked. Can you do other more gentle adjustments for me? +
Occasionally a new person in our practice will let us know that they feel nervous about having their neck ‘cracked’. The technical term for ‘cracked’ is “manually adjusted”. Manual adjustments are one of many techniques chiropractors use to improve spinal mobility, alignment and function. One of the skills of a chiropractor is to select the technique that best suits each individual person and this includes selecting the technique that the person feels comfortable with… it’s your body after all! So if you have preferences or feel apprehensive about any aspect of chiropractic care please let us know and we will do our best to understand your needs and adapt our techniques to suit you.
17. My friend says Chiropractors aren’t real doctors, is this true? +
If you mean to say that chiropractors aren’t medical practitioners, you’re absolutely right. Medical practitioners are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions and diseases. Medical treatment often consists of pharmaceutical drugs and surgical interventions and this isn’t the realm of chiropractors. While chiropractors do study ‘medical’ units like anatomy, biology, pathology, physiology, and neurology, the primary role of a chiropractor is to assess and correct neuro-spinal problems, as well as other structural problems in the body. You could say that chiropractors aren’t ‘real’ doctors, chiropractors are ‘spine’ doctors.
18. Is there any research on Chiropractic and its benefits? +
Chiropractic is the most utilised form of health care outside of the mainstream ‘medical’ approach. Chiropractic is a natural, holistic alternative to medication and surgery. Chiropractic is an alternative to living with pain and restriction.
There is a large body of research on the benefits of spinal adjustments, spinal manipulations and other chiropractic techniques published in a range of peer-reviewed journals. There is also a large body of research demonstrating how safe chiropractic care is when provided by a trained, registered chiropractor. Organisations like the Australian Spinal Research Foundation are continually studying and publishing research that furthers our understanding of why chiropractic works so well and how we can maximise the effect of chiropractic care.