What is a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor is a university educated and trained primary health care practitioner, expert in the diagnosis of spinal and extremity injuries in all age groups, trained and skilled in the management and treatment of spinal pain and dysfunction through various Chiropractic Adjustments, Soft Tissue Mobilisation, exercise rehabilitation, and teaching injury prevention.

What do I need to bring?

Be prepared to provide your previous medical or surgical history. If you have them and if they are relevant bring any XRays, scan/MRI reports, and a list of your current medications and nutritional supplements. 

How many visits will I need?

Some patients enjoy immediate results from the various treatments we provide. Others find that their recovery takes several weeks, or longer. Children often respond more quickly, while adults with longstanding spinal problems heal more slowly. The healing process takes time. It also depends on your occupation, stress levels, general level of health and other factors. For this reason we will attempt to provide a holistic approach that encompasses all aspects for your best outcome.

What should I wear to my appointment?

If we are treating your feet you will not be asked to undress but if we are treating your spine, you will be so comfortable and modest underwear or even a pair of shorts is appropriate.

How do I make an appointment?

Call us on 07 3356 7211 or use the form under the contact page to email us.

Do I have to be referred by a doctor?

No, Chiropractors can assess and treat without a referral by your GP.

Treatment duration depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, and other factors.  Re-evaluations will be done to assess your progress and your therapist communicates with your physician to help you achieve your therapy goals.

Psychologists tend to identify a mental health concern, diagnose and then treat with evidence based therapies. Counsellors tend to be more person centric. Whilst there is an awareness of mental health conditions, less emphasis is placed on the diagnosis, in favour of gaining a deeper understanding and any challenges facing that person. Evidence based interventions are still used in counselling, however the person (rather than the diagnosis) is of primary importance. 

Often you will need a Naturopath or Nutritionist in cases where you would like to have a more natural approach to a health condition. Taking drugs to control a certain condition or health concern is sometimes a necessity, other times a more natural approach can make the need for drugs unnecessary. It is always a good idea to find out what other more healthier option can be used with less side effects or risks. Some of the times people consult a Naturopath include, digestion issues, allergies, intolerance to certain foods, skin conditions, just to name a few.

Yes, you can claim on your private health for services at Well & Wise (Chiropractic, Remedial Massage, Naturopathy, and Dry Needling), however you cannot claim on Counselling services.It is always good to check with your health fund to find out your level of cover and how much you will get back with each visit. We also have a HICAPS facility which means you only need to pay the gap (any) on your services when you make an on the spot claim at our clinic. 

Generally Chiropractic restores structural alignment and function to the frame or spine of the body, and extremities of the body (skeletal system) and Remedial Massage restores proper length, integrity and function of all the muscles of the body (muscular system). To determine what is needed when, can be a tricky and difficult question to answer, as often both of these systems work closely together and in many cases both treatments are needed together to achieve pain relief and better function.

Most parents do not realise that just being born is reason enough for their baby to be checked by the Chiropractor. Greater awareness of the need, as well as the success stories we see in adjusting babies, is the reason why more and more parents opt to having their babies checked sometimes straight after being born. Vertebral misalignments happen during normal childbirth where a baby’s neck and spine can undergo a great deal of stress and trauma, before baby is actually delivered, not to mention after the use of forceps and other methods of extraction. This often leads to areas of spinal nerve pressure, as we find in adults. It is easy to find out from an adult or older child what seems to be the problem. Not so in the new baby or toddler. So often Chiropractic has been the answer! The Chiropractic Adjustment has been modified such that it is both safe and gentle to use on the newborn . It has been found to be effective in helping to alleviate a number of symptoms found in babies such as colic, reflux and irritability to name a few. Adjustments to the spine help in these cases by taking away the pressure on the babies little spinal nerves. This is the same in your toddler or older child. How many times have you watched them fall and tumble? All of these episodes, often cause spinal dysfunction that is neglected or left untreated, and can have a lasting impact on the child’s developing spines.

If you are pregnant one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby is see a Chiropractor! Pregnant women are very prone to spinal misalignment because hormonal changes ligament laxity usually mostly in the pelvic joints and lower spine region and therefore an increased amount of pelvic/ spinal instability. This can result in pain, spinal imbalance, weakness, fatigue and sometimes breech or posterior presentations of the baby. Chiropractic can alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms arising from muscular, ligamentous and biomechanical stresses encountered during pregnancy. We accomplish this through the use of a gentle, low force procedures and techniques, that allow for comfortable and safe adjustments to be performed with wonderful benefits. 

 

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