Chiropractic- What Is It?

Chiropractic- What Is It?

Chiropractic is a manual healthcare modality whose main focus is locating and aiding in the resolution of musculoskeletal injuries. This differs from other healthcare modalities in the techniques used to both diagnose and treat such injuries. A chiropractor is particularly concerned with the neurological and orthopedic function of the body as well as the causative factors that eventuate in injury or pain.

What are the Qualifications of a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors undergo five years of tertiary education, which comprises a  three year undergraduate degree with an additional two year post-graduate degree.
Chiropractors are Government registered and overseen by the Chiropractic Board(AHPRA)
They carry professional insurance and are registered with the Health Insurances Commission(HIC)

 

What does a Chiropractor do?

An initial consultation is performed which involves a thorough injury and  medical history as well as an orthopedic and neurological examination. A patient may also be referred by the chiropractor for x-ray analysis to gain further information on their injury. From this consultation a diagnosis, prognosis and management strategy is determined, then treatment is performed accordingly.

the back of a skeleton upper body showing common problem neck pain area

What does a Chiropractor treat?

A Chiropractor treats all types of musculoskeletal injuries such as:

 

Spinal column and bones

 

Do I need a referral to see a Chiropractor?

No, a referral is not required from your Doctor to consult a Chiropractor. However, many Doctors do encourage patients to seek manual therapy (or ‘physical-therapy’) like Chiropractic for the previously mentioned conditions.
As professional courtesy, Chiropractors will often send correspondence to Doctors to keep them  informed of what treatment is being conducted with a patient.

The techniques employed by a Chiropractor include: specific soft tissue massage, stretching, exercise therapy / rehabilitation, gentle mobilization and manipulation of the joints.

Will I get Rebates with Chiropractic Care?

Yes, all private health funds recognise Chiropractic Care and depending on the patients level of cover, will offer a rebate accordingly.
Chiropractic Care is also covered under WorkCover (ie Workers Compensation)Motor Vehicle Accident Cover, Veterans Affairs and Medicare( with recent changes to the system)

 

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