Learn the answers to commonly asked questions about chiropractors.

How can a chiropractor help you?

Chiropractors are trained to assist both spinal and muscular problems. Headaches, Low Back pain, Neck pain and Sciatica are common conditions treated through chiropractic.

Many people believe that chiropractic is ‘spine only’. It may also help to relieve shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle problems too. Our chiropractors are also trained in Functional Medicine, Nutrition and exercise.

Their job is to find an effective solution to pain, provide the tools and education to look after yourself better and stay that way. Our chiropractors use all technique types, both gentle (no crack) and traditional (with crack) with massage with every visit. We take the time to get great results – no 2 minute treatments!

What do our chiropractors do?

Our chiropractors incorporate a range of ‘hands on’ therapies, which may include spinal adjustments (both gentle and manual), non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, joint mobilisation, muscle and soft tissue techniques/massage using CVT (Circular Vibration Therapy), along with exercise prescription/rehabilitation, nutritional recommendations and lifestyle advice.

Is chiropractic care safe?

Safety ALWAYS comes first! Chiropractic is very safe when the patient is evaluated correctly and treated accordingly. The skill of chiropractic is to use techniques, both gentle or manual, that suit the patient for best results.

If there are clinical ‘red flags’ found during the evaluation, light/gentle techniques are used to help a patient effectively and safely. Our focus at Chiro One Helensvale, is to adapt our techniques and tools to best suit you, build confidence in our patient care and of course get you feeling great again!

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

An adjustment is sometimes referred to as manipulation, however there is a BIG difference. Manipulation looks to address joint movement only, increasing range of movement. A chiropractic adjustment takes this a step further and considers NEUROLOGY – nerve input to the brain.

Every joint in your spine has a movement sensor telling the brain if it is moving 100% or not. When its not, a stress signal tells the brain the joint ‘needs help’ and the brain sends a stress signal to release chemicals causing pain, inflammation and muscle spasm. This complex of restricted joint movement, tight muscles and stress signals is called SUBLUXATION.

A chiropractic adjustment is the application of a specific force to a spinal joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving as it should. This can help improve or restore motion to the joint, which in turn, helps to reduce pain and inflammation.

Am I too old for chiropractic care?

Who can see a chiropractor???…… anyone with a spine!

We see gold coasters of all ages! Older age groups often have an ‘old school’ opinion of chiropractic, believing it is too rough and not good. In fact our chiropractors usually use gentle, effective techniques that are for arthritic spines. Non-surgical spinal decompression is one of our fantastic treatments that many older patients use. It is gentle and effective.

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

Not the way we do things at Chiro One Helensvale.

All treatments are tailored to the individual. Gentle techniques provide relief with very little force. With traditional ‘manual’ adjustments you may feel a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is caused by a change in pressure in the joint, as spinal movement is improved. If we choose to use this approach it is ALWAYS safe to do so. If you do not wish to have that treatment type, then the gentle ones are for you and are provided easily.

A gentle adjustment can involves the ‘Impulse Instrument’ technology, a hand-held instrument to adjust the spine. We also utilise pelvic wedges or blocks to help realign the hips and low back.

Whatever the technique, chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to care for people with the highest degree of safety and effectiveness.

How are chiropractors educated?

In Australia, chiropractic education involves a double degree undergraduate and/or masters-level university training, 4,5000 hours of study over five years.

All accredited chiropractic programs in Australia include units in basic and clinical sciences. Also included are units in physical therapy, physical rehabilitation, radiology, nutrition, paediatrics, geriatrics, public health and evidence-based practice.

As with other primary healthcare professions, chiropractic pre-professional training requires a significant proportion of the curricula to be clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. As part of professional training, final-year students must also complete a minimum of a one-year supervised clinical internship involving over 300 patient visits.

All registered chiropractors must complete mandatory continuing education each year in order to maintain registration and practice as a non-pharmacological, non-surgical spine care and musculoskeletal-allied healthcare professional.

Are chiropractors regulated?

All chiropractors must be registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia and meet the Board’s registration standards (AHPRA), in order to practise in Australia.