What does a Chiropractor do?
A Chiropractor is a "Primary Health Practitioner" that focuses on the relationship between your spine and nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, and nerves exiting the spine) and how that relationship may affect the body and its functions as a consequence of a vertebral subluxation. One of the main principles is that by keeping the spine and central nervous system working in harmony and free of interference may also help with the restoration and preservation of the overall health and well- being.
What is Gonstead Chiropractic?
There are several Chiropractic techniques that address the spine and the extremities but the focus of the Gonstead System of Chiropractic is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing the problem areas (areas of subluxation). Great care is taken to ensure a bio-mechanically correct position and precise thrust is delivered to provide the most accurate adjustment possible.The goal of Gonstead Chiropractor is to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.
Is chiropractic safe for individuals of all ages, pregnancy and families?
Can I have Chiropractic even if I do not feel sick?
Yes you can. Chiropractic has proven for many years that may help also with you performance at work, with your favorite sport, with your recreational activities, with your stress, etc. Chiropractic may also help you with your overall health and well-being.
What should I expect on my initial consultation?
Previous to your first visit you will be asked to fill a Health History questionnaire form which you need to complete with your personal details, your past and present Health history amid other information. Afterwards, a Chiropractor will discuss with you the reasons for your visit and what is your "chief health concern". A full physical and Chiropractic examination will be performed as part of the initial visit. This examination will help to obtain a proper Chiropractic Clinical Impression and to determine if Chiropractic care could be appropriate and/or beneficial for you. If it is possible a ROF (Report of Findings) and a tailored program care may be discussed with you on this initial visit or in the next visit. Also, full Spine and/or Sectionals X-rays may be also taken and/or ordered to help with the Chiropractic Clinical Impression and/or to know if there are any contraindication to adjust you or, if the Chiropractic technique should be modified according to your particular case. The first Chiropractic adjustment may or may not be delivered during this initial visit.
Does Chiropractic treat diseases?
No, Chiropractic does not treat disease(s). Chiropractic focus and looks for the cause of the disease(s). Chiropractic care gives the body tools to cope better with the internal and external environment. And, one of the Chiropractic principles is based on the body's ability to heal itself.
Why is important to maintain a healthy Spine?
According with the Principles of Chiropractic if the Central Nervous system is interfered by a vertebral subluxation within its functions then the result may prompt the body to be under too much and/or not enough action or stimulus. This interference may promote the body not be working at its best possible level of functionality which ultimately could lead to a dis-ease or infirmity. Spine malfunction may also lead and/or promote conditions such as scoliosis or disc problem, sciatica, sport injury, work injury, neck pain, back pain, headaches and migraines and even the natural healing process may be even delayed in case of concussion syndrome , whiplash or a extremity problem.
Do I need a GP or Specialist referral to see a Chiropractor?
No you do not need a referral from a GP, Specialist or any other Allied Health practitioner to see a Chiropractor. A Chiropractor is a registered Primary Health Practitioner thus you can seek help directly from a Chiropractor.
Can I have Chiropractic care covered by ACC?
Yes you can as long as the Chiropractor is registered as an ACC Provider. Also, you do not need a referral from a GP, Specialist or any other Allied Health practitioner to seek help from a Chiropractor when injured. If the complaint is related with an accident or injury then you may qualify for ACC to help and cover some of the costs related. Often chiropractic service under ACC are not free of charges so, a surcharge fees applies.
"90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine".
Dr Roger Sperry (Nobel Prize Recipient)