Do I need a referral?
No, you do not need a referral from a GP before visiting a chiropractor. You can contact us directly for an appointment.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes! Chiropractors are university trained professionals who have received a five year degree to care for their clients using safe, gentle and scientific techniques. The New Zealand government’s Commission of Inquiry into Chiropractic concluded: “Spinal adjusting is a vital, very safe and clinically effective form of health care. Chiropractors have more thorough training in spinal mechanics and spinal care than any other health professional. Furthermore, chiropractic is scientifically based.”
Our chiropractors assess your condition and choose the most appropriate techniques just for you.
Why do I need to see a chiropractor?
The bones of the spine are called vertebrae; these house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to all the parts of the body and back to the brain again this is called the nervous system. The nervous system is the master system of the human body and it controls the activity of all other systems (it is essentially the body’s electrical wiring).
The nervous system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body including the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, and immune system. If there is tension, altered movement or misalignment (subluxation) of the spine then this can cause an interference of the nervous system’s ability to transmit vital electrical signals through your body which affects your health. A chiropractic adjustment restores the proper functioning of the nervous system and allows the body to work at its best and restore health.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually the chiropractor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly-accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant or indirect pressure.
After years of university training and clinical experience, each chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
Our chiropractors recognise that every patient is uniquely different and your care should be too. Our chiropractors will evaluate each patient’s unique symptoms, their age and condition and develop an individual treatment approach accordingly.
I am not suffering pain. Should I still get checked or assessed by a chiropractor?
Yes, just as you regularly see your dentist for your teeth or service your car, you should have your spine checked on a regular basis. Pain is often the last indicator of a problem. Only 10% of your nervous system detects pain.
More than ever before people are now taking control of their health rather than waiting until it is lost.
What kind of education and training do chiropractors have?
To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you must have studied an accredited five-year chiropractic program conducted at a university within Australia, or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractic Regulating authority.
A chiropractor’s education never ends. After graduating university, chiropractors must complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
Will my visits to the chiropractor be covered by private health insurance?
YES. Private health insurance companies recognise the benefits of chiropractic and provide rebates to their members. At Karrinyup Wellness Centre we also provide HICAPS facilities. This means you can claim back onsite for immediate rebates. How much you can claim back each time you visit a chiropractor, and the maximum amount you can claim per year, will vary depending on the health cover you choose.