How are the chiropractors educated?
Currently there are three universities in Australia that have chiropractic degree programs. RMIT University in Melbourne, Victoria offers a 5-year program as a three year Bachelor of Applied Science in Complementary Medicine – Chiropractic which, on completion, provides entry into a two year Master of Clinical Chiropractic. The Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales has a three year Bachelor of Chiropractic Science which provides the basis for entry into a two year Master of Chiropractic. The Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia offers a five year Bachelor of Chiropractic. Successful completion of the whole program of study is required for professional registration as a chiropractor. Chiropractors undertake an in depth study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, neurology and clinical science very similar to the medical degree.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is the restoration of normal function to a joint. There are different techniques for adjusting the spinal joints or extremities and at the Wellness Place we utilise many different techniques according to your age, body type and condition. There are people who may have some concern regarding the adjustment process, rest assured our chiropractors are proficient in many different types of Chirorpactic adjustments delivery and all the procedures get discussed in advance to make sure you as the patient feel quite comfortable and confident with your treatment.
What is the noise heard?
With those of patients who choose to receive manual adjustments (i.e. the chiropractor using his/her hands to deliver the treatment and manually restoring the function of the joint) a noise sometimes can be heard. With a manual adjustment, the joints are moved slightly apart. This results in nitrogen gas that is present in the joint to expand, thus making a ‘popping’ noise.
Do I Have A Slipped Disc?
Technically, a disc can’t “slip”. The intervertebral disc is a pad of cartilage type material situated between spinal bones. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. A soft, jelly like centre is contained by outer layers of fibrous tissue.
Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebrae above and below, a disc cannot “slip”. However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to tear, bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, as the soft centre of the disc leaks, putting pressure on the adjacent nerve roots and spinal cord.
Depending on many different factors including the degree of the damage and your past history, we can advise you regarding different options available to you. We feel patients should only resort to surgery in rare circumstances and as the last resort. At Bassendean Wellness Clinic, we deal with disc pathologies on a daily basis and have been able to produce many positive outcomes.
What should I expect when I see Chiropractors?
You should expect the following to take place when you visit us for the first time:
- A thorough case history. This gives the chiropractor a background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details affecting your current health. This will be accomplished by filling in our Confidential New Patient Form and through the chiropractor conducting the initial consultation dialogue.
- Thorough orthopaedic, neurological, and chiropractic examinations. X-rays may be taken to uncover structural and functioning problems associated with the spinal column. These examinations help identify areas of malfunctions and resulting symptomatology.
- Explanation of these examinations’ findings and a plan or options of treatment are offered and may be recommended. Progress is monitored with periodical examinations and follow-up reports.
- Education: We believe we can only achieve our healthy goals if we form a partnership with our patients. One of the most important things we take very seriously is education of our patients regarding their condition and the prevention methods available to them.
Can I Adjust Myself?
- Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself.
- Making a popping sound by turning, bending or twisting in certain ways may be possible. This may present like the sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment and may give people the illusion that they have “adjusted” themselves. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation, so called self manipulation, is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unsteady. Actually there have been studies conducted regarding neck pain and headache which indicate that self manipulation can be a causative factor in patients suffering from MORE neck pain and headaches and not less!!
- The best way to enjoy the healthful benefits of chiropractic is to receive adjustments from a Doctor of Chiropractic. Our chiropractors actually receive care from other chiropractor colleagues on a regular basis to help restore and maintain proper function.
Am I Too Old For Chiropractic Care?
At our practice, we have more and more people consulting us in their later years. Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality and endurance.
Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. My oldest patient in my practice has been in her early 90’s travelling all the way from Mandurah (travelling over 2 hours) to come and see me in Bassendean on a monthly basis. We modify our adjusting techniques for maximum comfort and results. Just because someone is suffering from arthritis or osteoporosis should not stop them from receiving care. We just modify our approach to suit their needs.
Once I start coming do I need to keep coming back?
Well this is completely your choice. Let me put it to you this way….if you brush your teeth thoroughly today, do you still have to do it tomorrow? If you went to gym today, does that mean you still have to keep going tomorrow? If you have been eating well for the past 2 months, does that mean you have to eat healthy for the rest of your life?
The point in the answers to all these questions (including if you should continue your care at our practice) is that you do them if you want to and appreciate their value. We brush our teeth because we want to prevent having tooth decays, we keep eating healthy because we want to live longer and healthier and finally we exercise because among others, it helps our cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system. The same can be said regarding your Chiropractic care. There is nothing wrong with the notion of Chiropractic Care for Life. I intend to practice what I preach by receiving care for life and recommend it to my family. You need to appreciate that musculoskeletal problems, neglected chronically, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes.
How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.