It’s important that you ask questions whenever you feel the need to so that you gain a greater understanding of how wholistic chiropractic works and how it can assist you. Q: What is wholistic chiropractic and how is it different from conventional chiropractic? A: Wholistic Chiropractic is all about assessing and correcting nerve-flow and function within the body. Many people tend to associate Chiropractic with manipulation of the spine; involving twisting, popping or cracking of joints. While this approach may be useful, there are many other ways to assist the spine, body and nerve system, using much gentler techniques that are safe and effective.
Q: Is wholistic chiropractic safe? (For children/elderly/pregnant women) A: Yes, in this clinic all corrective procedures are Low-Force, Permission-Based and Specific.
Low-Force means there is no forceful manipulation, no twisting or cracking of the spine and nothing painful or traumatic. The body is already trying to correct itself, it just needs the right amount of help, in the right direction, and the right time.
Permission-Based means the corrective adjustment is made only when the body indicates it is ready to receive the correction. This is ascertained by testing before correction, and then afterwards we test to verify that the body has assimilated the correction fully.
Specific means the corrective adjustment is given only in the most optimum location and direction to achieve the best outcome for each person. We assess for the primary causes of imbalances within the body. When they are corrected the body will deal with all the secondary symptoms.
Q: What is a subluxation? A: A subluxation is a slight misalignment or biomechanical dysfunction of the vertebrae (the bones in the spine). It is this dysfunction that may irritate nerves or place tension on the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae. The irritation can cause pain and dysfunction in muscles, organs or skin as well as disrupting the function of the entire body.
Q: What is an adjustment? A: A chiropractic adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement applied to the spine or any other joints in the body. Dr Mervyn-Jones, using specialised instruments, always adapts his adjustments to meet your needs and comfort level of each patient. Adjustments are gentle and use minimal pressure to restore proper function to the joint and stimulate the neuro-musculoskeletal system.
Q: What techniques are used? A: In this clinic we do not use forceful manipulation techniques, instead we use much gentler techniques such as The Activator Technique, Koren Specific Technique and Torque Release Technique. We use muscle testing to determine where to start the adjustments and in which direction. Dr Mervyn-Jones also uses the Neurolink Technique and the Neuro Emotional Technique as well as others.
Q: How often will I need chiropractic care? And how long will it take to get well? A: In the beginning you will need more frequent adjustments in order to mobilise your spine and improve spinal function – this will usually result in the relief of your ache or pain. The frequency of your visits will be reduced as your spinal function improves. While relief may start with the first adjustment, healing and full recovery take time.
Q: I’m not feeling well today, should I cancel my appointment? A: We often find that many of our patients actually can avoid a cold/flu if they have an adjustment when they’re starting to feel off colour. An adjustment will help your body to function better. If you think you’re getting a cold, this is the very time an adjustment would do you the most good. It will help your body to build its resistance so you can fight this off. If you are already unwell, this is when it best to reschedule as we don’t want to share your germs, thank you.
Q: What payment options do you have? A: In our practice we accept payment via: Cash EFTPOS HICAPS – Private Health Insurance Medicare – Enhanced Primary Care Plan
Q: Do I need a referral? A: Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners, therefore a referral is not necessary. However, more and more GP’s are referring to Chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC).
Q: What are my chiropractic fees? A: Initial consult, examination & treatment $120 Report of findings $90 Standard consult $60 Extended consult $80