About chiropractic and our chiropractor services

What do chiropractors do?

Chiropractors are musculoskeletal therapists who share a market place alongside physiotherapists and osteopaths in dealing with musculoskeletal pain e.g. sporting injuries, sprains, strains, osteoarthritis, jaw pain, headache, back pain, neck pain, etc. The modern chiropractor practices evidence based therapy. Here at George Street Chiropractic we use varieties of soft tissue therapy such as massage and active release methods, alongside manipulation and joint mobilisation. We often prescribe therapeutic exercise and give advice regarding posture and ergonomics. One of the main goals of treatment is to help restore and enhance movement of your joints and muscles. Prior to any treatment a full history and examination is made and if further investigation is needed we may order X-Ray or MRI, etc.

Do all patients get a massage with every chiropractic treatment?

Often the soft tissues are part of the problem such as muscle spasm, trigger points, etc. We also believe that by loosening all the soft tissues first to get better access to the joints involved allowing us to use far less force in correcting the joint mechanics.

What should I expect after my first chiropractic treatment?

What you experience after your first treatment will depend on the condition treated. Usually you feel a lot of relief. Occasionally, if your problem has been long standing then we may have needed to break adhesions in order to get you better quickly. This sometimes results in the tenderness or inflammation in the area. In this situation your chiropractor will discuss this and advise you on how to minimise the discomfort. These symptoms are temporary and if you get a rapid recovery are more than worth it. Sometimes there may be a lot of inflammation in the area being treated and there may be some pain and discomfort reflecting this. Again this will be temporary and we will advise you on how to minimise this. If your experience is something you are concerned with, always call the Chiropractor back.

Do I need a referral from my GP to see a Chiropractor?

Although we do get referrals from GPs, you can present without one. For those on an Enhanced Primary Care program (EPC) a GP referral is necessary.

Is chiropractic care safe?

Yes. This is reflected in our relatively low Professional Indemnity insurance fees. As with all healthcare services there are risks and minimising risks is paramount at our clinic. A detailed history and examination is carried out before any treatment to ensure that the proceeding treatment is safe and effective. We loosen the body and only use minimal forces at our centre.

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