FAQ

Below is a list of commonly asked questions, but if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic.

What type of education do chiropractors receive?

To become a registered health professional in Australia, a Chiropractor is required to complete five years at a University either within Australia or through an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements of the Australian Chiropractic Regulating Authority. In order to maintain their registration, Chiropractors must participate in ongoing accredited study each year.

What is an adjustment?

The Chiropractic adjustment involves applying a precise and specific force to a joint that is not moving properly or is "locked". The adjustment enables mobilisation of the joint so that that it can return to the normal motion and position. The innate intelligence of the body knows the proper placement for the joint and the role of the Chiropractor is to free the vertebra in order for it to return to that correct position. This will in turn improve function of the spine and nervous system and remove muscle tension.

How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Treatment For?

Your initial visit to a Chiropractor will usually be because you are experiencing symptoms, but when you have reached the best possible outcome from your treatment you may decide to schedule regular check-ups to maintain the health of your spine.

Will I feel sore after an adjustment?

Some people may feel slight soreness following their first few adjustments as the body begins to realign. This is usually mild and lasts only a short time, however if you are experiencing discomfort please call and we will advise you of some strategies to minimise this.

Will I need X-Rays?

It may not always be necessary to take x-rays, however if there has been any trauma or injury to the spine, if there is a possibility of an underlying organic condition, or where they are absolutely required to make a definitive diagnosis, we will speak to you about taking x-rays.

Should I continue treatment after the pain has gone?

After the pain has subsided, it may be necessary to finalise treatment to obtain the best outcome for alignment of your vertebrae. Lack of pain is not the best indicator of how well your spine is functioning, so you should continue treatment to ensure the soft tissue is fully recovered and prevent any recurrence of symptoms. Maintenance treatment may then be recommended to allow your body to function at its best.

Is Chiropractic Treatment recommended during pregnancy?

Yes, in fact spinal adjustments are much gentler during pregnancy, as less force is required. This is due to the secretion of hormones that cause ligamentous relaxation to allow the pelvis to expand enough for the baby to be born. During pregnancy there is a gain in weight and a shift in the centre of gravity because the weight is carried at the front of the body. The same hormones secreted for the purpose of allowing relaxation of the ligaments, also relax the muscles supporting the spine. These factors can cause misalignment in the vertebrae, causing pain and spasms, particularly in the lower back.

Chiropractic treatment applies specific and gentle movement to the misaligned joint to correct its function and position. Chiropractic tables are manufactured with a drop away centre section to allow space for the abdomen so that the adjustment can be safely and comfortably completed. There is no harm to the pregnant mother or the unborn child, and maintenance of a healthy spine and nervous system can prevent postural problems that otherwise may occur post-delivery.

What problems can be helped with Chiropractic Treatment?

  • Back Pain and Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Symptoms and pain for incorrect posture or over use
  • Shoulder problems
  • Tennis elbow and golfer's elbow
  • RSI
  • Muscular Tension
  • Symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism
  • Sports injuries
  • Certain types of headaches

What should I do to take care of my back?

  • Try to maintain good posture at all times
  • Ensure that your work area is correctly set up to minimise repetitive strain and to minimise twisting and stretching.
  • If your job involves the use of a computer, ensure that the desk, chair and computer screen are in the correct ergonomic position. This not only applies to the work environment but if you spend time using a computer at home.
  • Do not use old and worn mattresses, which can cause ongoing problems from bad posture during sleep.
  • Try to get regular exercise, like swimming or walking, making sure to warm up and cool down at every session.
  • Ensure that you wear well-fitting and comfortable shoes. Avoid anything that causes strain on your back or forces you into an unnatural position.
  • Be careful when bending stretching and lifting and avoid twisting movements which can cause or exacerbate problems.
  • If maintenance care is advised, make sure that you schedule this regularly to prevent recurrence of symptoms.

Can you be too young or too old for Chiropractic Treatment ?

Modification is made to the technique when treating children as less force is required when adjusting vertebrae. Children generally respond quickly and well to Chiropractic treatment and will gain the same benefits from increased mobility and good spinal health.

Many people will attribute decreased mobility and the onset of pain to getting older and may disregard symptoms which are treatable with Chiropractic care. Regardless of age, Chiropractic care can increase mobility and decrease discomfort without resorting to prescription medication. Improved health for the musculoskeletal and nervous systems can contribute greatly to quality of life as you age.

For further information about our quality chiropractic services in Brisbane, get in touch with Owens Chiropractic today.