Chiropractic FAQ

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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a gentle form of natural health care which aims to improve nervous system function primarily through gentle chiropractic adjustments (with particular attention to the spine, skull and pelvis).

What qualifications do your practitioners have?

Chiropractors complete a 5 year university double degree. After this, Chiropractors must undertake further professional development to continue expanding their knowledge and skills annually. Our Chiropractor, Dr Kate Adler, has completed a Bachelor of Science (Complementary Medicine) and Masters in Clinical Chiropractic (RMIT). She has also completed a certificate III in fitness, is a qualified level II sports trainer certificate and first aider, and is currently undertaking a 2 year diploma in Paediatric neuro-development.

Is Chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic is considered a primary health care service for low back and spinal related issues. All clients of The Chiro Tree undergo a thorough health history, Chiropractic, postural, orthopaedic and neurological examination/assessment. From here, recommended individual care options are always discussed before care commences.

What types of care do Chiropractors provide?

  • Relief – For clients who are looking for relief and reduction of pain/symptoms and discomfort/stiffness.
  • Corrective – For clients who have chronic pain and are in need of corrections to damaged structures as well as pain relief. The aim here is to retrain and restore function to damaged structures, through stabilisation and rehabilitation work, and prevent further damage.
  • Maintenance – For clients who wish to maintain a optimally functioning nervous system through regular check-ups. Through regular care, it can help prevent any previous relapses occurring, maintain optimal nervous system and energy level function, and recover from any ongoing/new stressors quicker. This type of care takes a ‘preventative/wellness’ approach rather than ‘symptom based’.

What is a Chiropractic adjustment?

An adjustment is a specific force applied in a precise direction to ‘locked’ joints and joints that have lost their normal function. Our spine is made up of bones (vertebra) and our nervous system is housed in our spine with its nerves exiting between each vertebra. It is essential to have all your vertebra functioning and moving optimally otherwise a loss of spinal joint function can lead to interference to these nerves exiting, leading to nervous system malfunction and dis-ease. Adjustments aim to restore the normal function and balance to the spine

Should people be adjusted when they are sick?

Your nervous system is directly connected with your immune system so by working with, and boosting your nervous system function, it can help support immune system function.The only time we would recommend you do not come in to the clinic is if you have something contagious such as gastro or shingles.

Does an adjustment hurt?

People of all ages, from birth to 90+, get adjusted and find it gentle and painless. Adjustments can be done various ways, such as high force manually or gently through the use of low force tools, to suit individual needs and preferences. Some people can feel slightly tender after their first couple of adjustments as their body adapts to the change it has to undertake to stabilise and get rid of stored toxins. Anyone experiencing mild discomfort usually has it settle within 24-48 hours and can use ice to assist.

What Chiropractic care do you provide for Children?

We look after babies, infants and children of all ages at our clinic using a very gentle approach. We mainly use cranial sacral and light pressure adjustments to help comfortably and gently look after your child’s health.

Are you qualified as paediatric specialists?

In Australia, we are not permitted to classify anyone as a ‘Paediatric Chiropractor’ no matter what training or practice the doctors have undertaken. Our Chiropractor, Dr Kate, is passionate about working with children and families and has done so for many years. She has invested in various post-graduate Paediatric training programs and is currently completing a 2 year diploma in Paediatric neurological-development.

For any further questions you may have, please feel free to get in touch with one of our friendly staff who would be glad to be of assistance to your query. You can fill out a form to get a call back or find our contact details on the Contact page.

What should clients expect when they visit our clinic?

  • First visit – Please allow up to 45 minutes. During this time we will get you to fill out a health history form which you will go over in more depth with your Chiropractor. After discussing your health concerns and goals, should you be a good candidate for Chiropractic care, the doctor will go through a thorough Chiropractic, postural, neurological and orthopaedic examination/assessment. Based on your findings, the Chiropractor will discuss your care options. Should further services, such as x-rays, be required before care commences, your Chiropractor will organise a referral for you to a local radiographer (bulk billed).
  • Second visit – Please allow up to 45 minutes. During this visit the Chiropractor will correlate your examination and health history findings and interpret any xray scans referred out for.  From here, a recommended individualised care plan and options will be discussed with you, so you will be in an informed position to proceed with care and, if you decide, your first treatment will take place. Should it be determined that you are not a good candidate for Chiropractic care, your doctor will discuss alternative options and organise the appropriate referrals for you.
  • Standard visit: Please allow 10-20 minutes for all standard visits. You can expect to receive various Chiropractic treatment therapies (as discussed) and be given specific exercise/rehab and homecare recommendations.

Is a referral required?

Chiropractors are primary health care providers, therefore a referral is not required to make an appointment. If you are seeking to claim under TAC, Work Cover, Commcare, DVA or EPC then a referral will be required. Please speak to one of our friendly staff to discuss the process to organise this.

Do you bulk bill?

No, we do not have this option at our clinic. All payments are required on the day of the adjustment. We accept cash, eftpos and all major credit cards (except AMEX).

Can I receive rebates for treatment?

Yes. If you have private health insurance with extras/Chiropractic cover then you will be able to claim on the spot through our onsite Hicaps machine, and only pay the gap. For more information on your gap payment amount please contact your provider. If you are eligible for the medicare EPC/CDDM plan referral, then you can receive 5 free treatments paid through the Medicare system. A GP referral is required for this.

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