To become a chiropractor you are trained for 5 years in a Bachelor and Masters Degree. The degree includes subjects in chemistry, biology, physics, anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, body-mechanics, x-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and many other related subjects.
Chiropractors use spinal adjustments to add motion to joints in the body that have aberrant movement patterns. A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific high velocity low amplitude force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, helping the joints to gradually regain normal motion and function. The purpose of this 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.
Here at First Hand Health, we use manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue massage techniques, rock taping, dry needling and exercise prescription to accurately target an individuals needs for treatment.
Unfortunately chiropractic is not covered under medicare unless you have been provided with an enhanced primary care plan by your doctor.
A portion of the consult may be covered by your private health insurance depending on your level of cover. We have HICAPS facilities at the premises to allow you to use an on the spot claim. If you are unsure, contact your health provider before booking your appointment.
Most treatments can be dealt with in the clothes you come in with. However any bulky clothing, such as a heavy winter jacket or thick jumpers would need to be removed. You may be asked to change into a gown for your appointment, so we can properly assess your areas of concern.
If you have had any previous x-ray or other scans, please bring these in with you as well as any other relevant information to your condition.
No! Chiropractors are extensively trained to treat all areas of the musculoskeletal system. This includes conditions relating to the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow and wrist as well as the feet and hands.
First Hand Health prides themselves on recognizing what is manageable and what lies outside their scope of care. First Hand Health regularly co-manages and refers to GP’s to always ensure the patient receives the best care possible.
Chiropractors are trained in assessing each complaint on an individual basis. Whilst some people may require x-rays to be taken, others may not. This will be discussed in your initial consultation with your chiropractor.