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Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happens when I go to the chiropractor?
    • The aim of your initial visit is to establish what is causing your symptoms and how to correct the cause. Once we have that information we sit down with you, discuss what problems we discovered and the treatment options available to you before any treatment is commenced.

  • What type of education do Chiropractors receive?
    • Chiropractors are required to adhere to strict and extensive educational requirements and standards to become registered health professionals in Australia. Australian chiropractors are five year university trained, and are government registered and government regulated health professionals. To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you must have studied an accredited 5-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.

  • 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.

  • Is chiropractic care safe?
    • Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Some patients may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

      Some reports have associated high-velocity upper neck manipulation with a certain rare kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection. However, evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously in patients who have pre-existing arterial disease. The best evidence indicates that the incidence of artery injuries associated with high-velocity upper neck manipulation is extremely rare—about one to three cases in 100,000 patients who get treated with a course of care. This is similar to the incidence of this type of stroke among the general population.

      Cranbourne chiropractor, Dr Beovich, uses a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint. Dr Beovich is a highly trained professional who have undergone an extensive five-year university degree. The purpose of our physical examination is to assess your condition and discover if chiropractic can assist you. Chiropractors are trained to identify patients who have special risk factors and to refer those patients to the most appropriate medical specialist.

      If we believe that chiropractic care can help you we will discuss with you the most appropriate technique for your condition.

  • Do I have a slipped disc?
    • The disc is a soft pulpy “shock absorber” located between the two vertebra. It has a fibrous outer ring which holds in a jelly-like material. A “slipped disc“ is a common way to refer to a wide variety of disc problems. However, a disc can’t slip because of the way it attaches to the spinal bones above and below it. A disc can bulge,tear, herniate, thin,dry out and it can collapse. It definitely can’t “slip out of place”.

  • Do I have a pinched nerve?
    • This is a common misconception. Low back pain or neck pain may feel as if something is “pinched” however this is rarely the case. The most likely cause of your pain is that your spine is not functioning correctly and has caused problems such as joint strain and swelling in your spine. There are many different causes of spinal pain and this is why an accurate diagnosis is so important before any treatment is commenced.

  • Do I need a medical referral?
    • No. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners. You can contact us directly for an appointment.

      With the EPC for chronic conditions you are eligible for up to 5 visits from a chiropractor under Medicare however you do need a referral for this.

  • Do I need x-rays?
    • At your examination your chiropractor will determine if x-rays are required. If x-rays are necessary, you will be given a referral to have them taken at a x-ray clinic. These costs are fully covered by Medicare. If you have had any spinal x-rays, bring them with you on your first visit as this will help determine the best treatment for you.

  • What is the popping sound?
    • Some adjusting methods can produce a popping sound when the gas and fluids that exist in the joint shift. It’s much like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound isn’t a guide to the quality of the adjustment. (With the Activator there is no popping!) There is a common misconception that the noise is bones going back in place or rubbing on each other, this is definitely false!

  • Does it hurt to get adjusted?
    • An adjustment is not normally painful however in some cases, mild soreness to the area being adjusted may be experienced. These symptoms are often a normal part of the healing process as your spinal movement improves.

  • How many adjustments will I need?
    • Every patient is individually assessed and a individualised management plan is given depending on your diagnosis and your health goals. Some patients require initial intensive treatment over many weeks, followed by rehabilitation and then maintenance adjustments, whereas others may only require a short course of adjustments to resolve their problems.

  • How long before I feel better?
    • Whilst some patients experience almost instant relief nearly all patients are feeling much better within one to two weeks. There are many factors that affect your rate of healing such as your age, the type of injury, your general health and how long you have had the problem.

  • How long do I need to see a chiropractor for?
    • How long you see your chiropractor for is entirely up to you. Some patients only see their chiropractor when they are in pain, others choose to have ongoing care as part of the overall health plan. During your visits you’ll be presented with information regarding the aims of each phase of care and how it may help you. We are happy to provide whichever type of care that you choose.

  • Can I adjust myself?
    • No. Adjustments are so specific even your chiropractor can’t adjust themselves. Some people can make their joints “pop” frequently however this this can actually make your problems worse in the long term.

  • Can I see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
    • Yes!!!! Many pregnant mums, new mums and babies receive chiropractic care. Some mothers find that chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy helped with their back pain and other related musculoskeletal pain. Our adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health to provide the most suitable care.