Melton Chiropractic FAQs

Chiropractors use a technique of correcting vertebral subluxations called an adjustment. An adjustment is a carefully executed manoeuvre that usually results in a joint clicking as a sticky joint is released.

There are many factors that contribute to your treatment. How sever your injury or issue is, previous history of injuries, work and lifestyle, age, weight, gender etc.

All of this will contribute to the amount of treatment/s that is necessary for your spinal health rehabilitation. Expected to see changes within 3-5 visits. After the acute stage has passed we would most likely spread your treatments out as part of your treatment care plan.

As Chiropractors are Primary Health Care Professionals, you will not require a referral to see us.

You will need to fill out some paper work before your appointment. It’s a good idea to arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to avoid running late.

You will then be asked some further questions to help better understand your health concerns by the Gonstead Chiropractor. They will then perform through physical examination some tests and include the following:

1. Visualisation

2. Instrumentation – detects nerve dysfunction

3. Static Palpation

4. Motion Palpation

5. Orthopaedic and Neurological Safety Testing

6. X-Ray Imaging

7. The Adjustment is simply a gentle, direct movement applied to the part of your spine or extremities, aiming to restore normal alignment, movement and nervous system communication. We use our hands to make the adjustment.

The adjustment is a direct movement applied to a part of your spine or extremities. The aim is to restore normal alignment, movement and nervous system communication. We use our hands to make the adjustment.

As Chiropractors we are trained in the assessment and adjustment of peripheral joints. Such as shoulders, elbows, ankles, finger, etc.

Problems with extremities such as pain, pins and needles, and or restriction in movement could possibly be caused by or even have an kinetic chain effect beginning with your back. It's important to examine the entire spine and always advise your practitioner of additions injuries.

Our joints are surrounded by capsule and that contains fluid 'synovial fluid'. This acts as a lubricate for the joints.

What can happen is a build up of gas nitrogen inside this capsule, which can cause the joint to become restricted in movement.

The ‘cracking’ or ‘popping’ simply means that the built up nitrogen has escaped the joint capsule causing a cavity which rapidly fills up and causing the ‘pop’ sound that you here.

The ‘cracking’ of your spine doesn’t always mean you have just put your back out, it might mean nothing at all.

Though if your spine ‘cracks’ easily and quite often then this is a sign that there is spinal instability. That is where a Chiropractor can help.

Chiropractic and Remedial Massage Therapist are covered by Private Health Insurance. Each insurance company varies with coverage it is difficult to know how much you will be covered. Discussing this with your insurance provider to find out if you're covered and for the amount. Private Health Insurance will cover part of the cost and you only need to pay the gap.
As a Remedial Therapist, it works in conjunction with Chiropractic. Working with the spine structure and its alignments and then treating the muscle issues. It is extremely important to make sure that you have an acute injury that you have seen the Chiropractor will advise you the best time to book in for a massage and create a care plan.
There is substantial clinical evidence published in peer reviewed medical journals that laser therapy (LLLT) can stimulate repair of tissue, reduce inflammation and relieve pain in musculoskeletal disorders.
• Soft Tissue Injuries
• Joint conditions
• Back and Neck Pain
• Wound & Ulcer Repair
• Sports Medicine and Rehab Pre & Post
• Operative Therapy Sports Injury

How LLLT / cold laser therapy works:

Light can stimulate or inhibit cellular function according to it's intensity and the time applied to stimulate repair, resolve inflammation and reduce pain.
In addition, high intensity single point lasers can release trigger points and treat acupuncture points instead of needles.
Multiple frequencies of light are delivered through the skin and tissue and are then converted by our cells into vital cellular energy (ATP), which is necessary for regeneration and repair of the human body without the thermal effects associated with cosmetic and surgical lasers.

Much of our information has been sourced from the Australian Institute of Laser Therapy * Research papers:

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