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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I need to bring to my appointment?
    For your first appointment, it is helpful to bring with you any X-rays, scans, reports, children's blue books etc to help me give you the best care. Please bring your private health insurance card to all appointments, and if you are claiming through workers compensation, third party or the allied health practitioners scheme you will need your Medicare card and any relevant documentation.
  • What should I wear to my appointment?
    Comfortable clothing is advisable so that you can move freely during your treatment session.
  • Do I need a referral from my GP?
    No, you can make an appointment directly without a referral to visit The Adjustment Joint.
  • Are your services covered by health funds or Medicare?
    Yes, I do offer health fund rebates for chiropractic sessions. Please check with your health fund personally to find out details and rebates specific to your membership, as health funds are run independently. Your doctor can also help you with the Enhanced Primary Care system, which pays around $50 per chiropractic appointment for up to five sessions.
  • How long are the appointments?
    Most initial consultations go for between 30 minutes and 45 minutes. Follow up visits are usually 30 minutes long.
  • How long does it normally take to get better?
    The healing journey depends on a number of factors including the nature of the injury, your commitment to care and the pain you are seeking treatment for. For chronic or complex conditions, it is important to understand that while you may feel better quickly, it often takes time for the body to actually heal and function optimally. Often, the longer you have had the pain or injury for, the longer it will take to heal. The healthier your lifestyle is, the quicker you will heal, too.
  • What's the difference between chiropractic and physiotherapy?
    Physiotherapists are trained in the diagnosis, assessment, management and prevention of musculoskeletal and sports injuries and ailments, and have completed at the very minimum a bachelor degree (usually four years) in physiotherapy or a masters or professional doctorate. The aim of physiotherapy is to rehabilitate and improve movement and functionality, reduce pain and stiffness. Physiotherapists use their expertise in physiology and anatomy to assess and treat people with a range of health conditions, such as sporting injuries, chronic lower back and neck pain, headaches and postural issues through a combination of manual therapy, movement training and physical and electro-physical agents. As part of physiotherapy, a practitioner will often prescribe a personalised exercise program that is customised to an individual’s specific requirements. Chiropractors are degree-qualified health professionals who have studied for a minimum of five years. They focus on the diagnosis, correction and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and their approach is based on the principle that the body is a holistic unit that needs to work in unison in order to achieve full functionality of the nervous system. Chiropractors believe that any vertebral malalignment causes compression on nerves and can, therefore, cause symptoms and problems in the surrounding tissues and, sometimes, even further down into the limbs. Chiropractic is nearly always associated with spinal and neck manipulations, but it involves a combination of hands-on care, physical therapy modalities and exercise. Through identifying abnormalities in the alignment of the spine, a chiropractor can then also uncover other problematic symptoms in the body, such as those presented in the form of a headache, for example. Chiropractors are trained to take and read X-rays, which may be needed in trauma or pathology cases. It is a legal requirement that all chiropractors’ services are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency.
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