Listed here are some of the most common questions that we encounter in our office. If you have a particular question, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is an allied health profession concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of various mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effect of such conditions on the nervous system and the wellbeing of the individual. The philosophy of chiropractic is based on the fact that the body is self-regulating organism that has the inherent capability to heal itself without drugs or surgery.
What are spinal manipulations/adjustments?
These are subtle movements applied to the joints between the vertebrae of the spine in order to alleviate the back of nerve irritability, improve the function of the back, improve movement and range of motion and remove the mechanical pressure on the joints. This allows the body to restore its function and improve wellbeing.
Spinal adjustments are recognised as safe and effective treatments for many conditions that affect the spine incluidng low back and neck pain, headaches and migraines, postural concerns and other conditions. Manipulations and adjustments are not just limited to the spine, they can also be applied to other joints of the body, from the small joints of the fingers and toes to the big joints of the hips and shoulders.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic is recognised as an effective and safe method of care for many conditions. However, like other healthcare procedures, there are risks and potential complications that you should be informed about before making a decision to receive chiropractic care.
Do I need to have x-rays taken?
At the time of consultation, your chiropractor will determine whether x-ray imaging is required or not. If x-rays are required, we will provide you with a referral to have them done at an imaging clinic. X-rays are usually fully covered by medicare. If you had x-rays, CT or MRI scans taken previously, please bring them along with you to the consult.
Do I need a referral from my GP to see a chiropractor?
No, you do not need a referral from your doctor to see a chiropractor. However, your GP may provide you with a referral under Medicare's Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Scheme - Previously called Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) - which may entitle you up to a total of 5 subsidised visits per calendar year, where Medicare covers $52.95 of the total cost of the treatment.
What are your fees?
We charge $75 for the consultation and treatment for up to 30 minutes per session.
Do you accept private health insurance?
Yes, Macquarie Chiro is registered with the major health insurance funds and is equipped with a HICAPS terminal to process your health fund claim and medicare rebate on the spot.
What is dry needling?
Also known as myofascial trigger point needling and intramuscular stimulation, is an invasive but very effective technique for the treatment of trigger points or knots within the affected muscle, and for the treatment of muscle pain and dysfunction. While its purpose is different from acupuncture, the two treatments do share similarities, including the use of thin solid filament needles. In dry needling, the needles are directly inserted into a muscle trigger point or knot to relax the overactive muscle. When the needle is inserted, a local twitch response or short muscular contraction may be felt, indicating that the muscle knot or trigger point has released. Some patients may experience a slight twinge of pain depending on how tight the muscles are, but this fades away quickly and with frequent treatment the pain lessens significantly.