Frequently Asked questions
1. Is chiropractic care safe?
In the words of the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.” Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.1
In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.2
2. 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.
3. Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?
Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems.
While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child’s spine, skull, pelvis and extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor.
Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies.
4. Am I too old for chiropractic care?
More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.
Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results. As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.
5. For how long will I need chiropractic care?
Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.
Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health.
Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time consuming, chiropractors stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
6. Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
In most cases, not at all. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. Although the actual adjustment is usually pain free, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. This can be managed easily with ice and rest.
Chiropractors at Lakeview Chiropractic use a combination of manual technique, instrument adjusting, computerised adjusting and pelvic blocks. Special techniques are used for infants and children. Treatment options are always able to be discussed and a treatment protocol designed to suit your specific needs and desires. We are here to help you achieve your health goals and will endeavour to tailor your care accordingly.
7. What results can I expect?
If you’re new to Chiropractic care, you’ll want to know what type of result you can expect. Individual experience varies from person to person, but most people can expect some benefits soon after beginning care and for these to consolidate further as therapy continues. Statistically too, research shows that Chiropractic care is more effective and economical and also gives longer lasting results for disorders of the spine than other forms of health care.3 4 5
8. The difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?
In understanding the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy, we recommend referring to the definition of each practice. Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The practice of Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Physiotherapy, as described by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, “uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness.
Each individual is different and must make their own choice about the most appropriate method of care for them. We believe Chiropractic, with its central focus on the spine, nervous system and their impact on entire body provides a health care option that can help manage pain as well as assist in achieving optimal well-being.
9. Approximately how much does a Chiropractic session cost?
New consultations are $78 while subsequent consults are $48 Concession care and family rates are available. Should there be financial constraints, please contact us and we will endeavour to make an arrangement that allows you to benefit from Chiropractic care.
10. What should you bring with you and wear?
If you have any previous radiographs or scans, it is ideal that you bring those with you on your initial consult. Usually, you are not required to wear any specific clothing or get changed for your examination or treatment. Bulky clothing like jackets and thick jumpers are usually removed if appropriate.
11. Do you need a referral from a GP?
Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners therefore a referral is not necessary. However more and more GP's are referring to Chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC).
12. Will radiographs (xrays) be required?
Radiographs are not compulsory, but may be required. This is decided on a case by case basis and will be determined once a detailed history and examination has been undertaken. If radiographs are required, referral is done on the spot by your Chiropractor to a number of imaging centres, and will usually be bulk billed.
13. Will I be treated on the initial treatment?
Usually, yes. In rare cases if further examination or tests are required before safe treatment can be undertaken, treatment will be postponed until these are completed.
14. Is treatment on a contract basis?
No. You are able to stop and start treatment at any time, with payment at the end of each treatment.
1 Chiropractic in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry. (1979). Hasselberg PD, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand
2 Dabbs,V., & Lauretti,W.J. (1995). A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation vs NSAIDs for the Treatment of Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 18(8), 530-536
3 Meade TW, Dyer S, Browne W, Townsend J, Frank AO. (1990) Low Back Pain of Mechanical Origin: Randomised Comparison of Chiropractic and Hospital Outpatient Treatment. The British Medical Journal 300: 1431-7
4 Manga P, Angus D et al (1993) The Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain. Pran Manga and Associates, University of Ottawa, Canada.
5 Shekelle PG, Adams AH, Chassin MR et al. (1991) AHThe Appropriateness of Spinal Manipulation for Low-Back Pain: Indications and Ratings by a Multidisciplinary Panel. Santa Monida, Calif: RAND Copr, 1991
Why should you see a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists are specialists in helping to relieve pain and manage injuries.
All of the following conditions can be treated by a physiotherapist:
Back and shoulder pain
Headaches, migraines and whiplash
Knee, hip and ankle pain
Elbow, hand and wrist pain
Joint and soft tissue injuries (muscle, ligament & tendon problems)
Work Related Injury
What should you expect?
Your physiotherapist will work with you to set goals which will help map out a path for rehabilitation of pain and injuries. You can expect a thorough examination of your presenting problem, treatment in your first session and advice on how you can help to manage your own condition. The goal of the therapist is to help you gain relief from your problem as soon as possible along with the consideration of preventing future recurrences.
What sort of treatment do physiotherapists use?
The following are common treatment methods physiotherapists may use:
Exercise programs to improve mobility, flexibility and strength of muscles
Joint mobilisation and manipulation to reduce pain and stiffness
Muscle re-education/re-training to improve control
Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
Taping and bracing of injuries
Advice regarding hot and cold therapies
Assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs
Breathing exercises and airway clearance techniques
What should you wear?
Sometimes it may be necessary to examine you in your underwear so you should wear clothing you are comfortable in and allows for easy movement. This is important for the therapist to be able to see and feel the skin, muscles, bones and joints to assess them comprehensively.
Do you need a GP referral?
Physiotherapists are first contact practitioners, which means you do not need a referral to see them. Referrals are only necessary when you are attending as a D.V.A (department of veteran affairs), WorkCover or MVA (motor vehicle accident) patient, or are qualifying for treatment under the medicare CDM (chronic disease management) system. Physiotherapists will often work together with doctors, chiropractic’s and other health professionals to plan and manage treatment for your specific condition.
“All Australians will have access to quality physiotherapy, when and where required, to optimise health and well-being” (APA vision)
1. Australian Physiotherapy Association 2008, ‘APA Code of Conduct’, viewed on August 14th 2013, <>
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called "endorphins". These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptor sites found throughout the nervous system. Endorphins help to block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, general relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body's own internal regulation systems.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.
How many treatments will be required?
The number of treatments will vary with each individual and the condition being treated. For acute problems, only a few treatments may be required. In some cases, one treatment will be sufficient.
For complex or longstanding conditions, one or two treatments a week for several weeks may be recommended with less frequent treatment as improvement occurs. Relief may be immediate or occur within a few hours, or after a few days.
Do the needles hurt?
The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Some people feel a little pain as the needles are inserted, but most people feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a little larger than a cat's whisker or human hair.
How safe is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects except for feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.
What should I expect during treatment?
Where the acupuncture needles have been inserted, you may experience vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called the "Qi sensation". All these reactions are good and a sign that treatment is working. After treatment, you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
A Natural Way to Heal?
Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating these conditions*:
• Neck and back pain
• Muscle tightness and spasm
• Joint stiffness and pain
• Tendon and ligament injury
• Knee pain
• Tennis elbow
• TMJ dysfunction
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
• Induction of labour
• Morning sickness
• Postoperative pain
• Female infertility/IVF support
• Weight Control
*WHO 2013, 'Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture', [Accessedhttp://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html]
Key benefits of Remedial Massage?
Key benefits of remedial massage include the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation. Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with remedial massage include muscle tightness and pain, arthritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, whiplash, neck and back pain, scoliosis, headaches and sports injuries.
What is Relaxation Massage?
Relaxation or Swedish massage is a smooth flowing style that helps reduce:
• improve circulation and range of movement
• eases and tones muscles
• provides the deep relaxation that allows our minds and bodies to recharge and rejuvenate.