Frequently Asked Questions Page
Will I be Manipulated?
Chiropractic is much more than manipulation and treating back pain. The belief that chiropractors only technique choice is to manipulate is the most common misconception with chiropractic treatment. A standard appointment usually lasts 25 minutes, whilst a joint manipulation last only seconds. Following diagnosis and discussion most treatments will comprise a combination of:
- muscle and connective tissue stretches
- joint mobilisation,
- dry needling and
- exercise prescription.
Manipulation is a highly specialised and skilful technique. Sometimes when a spinal joint is not moving, manipulation may be used to restore normal spinal movement and range of motion. Chiropractors are trained to know when to and when not to use manipulation. Manipulation is only used with patient consent, when deemed safe, and to be of great benefit to the patient’s condition.
The most important factor of each consultation is that the patient is comfortable with the techniques used. If you do not like manipulation or dry needling, there are many other techniques we can use in your treatment. Just let us know before the treatment starts.
What Does A Treatment Session Involve?
Typically a treatment session will involve a combination of passive techniques (see techniques used), exercise prescription and patient education. The diagnosis and treatment options will be discussed prior to starting treatment. Depending on the phase of care some consultations may only involve treatment, while other sessions may only involve exercise prescription. Each treatment session is tailored to you progress and your specific needs at that time.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
Your safety is our first concern. The treatment techniques we will use will depend on your diagnosis, established at the initial consultation. The clinical examination will guarantee you are treated in the safest fashion.
We will also work closely with other medical professional to ensure you are appropriately referred if you condition requires a specialist opinion or imaging.
How Long Will My Appointment take?
At Fluid Chiropractic Kiama, the initial consultation is 45 minutes. The initial consultation is a clinical examination that covers a thorough medical history, orthopaedic, movement and neurological examination. Your diagnosis, treatment and treatment plan are also covered. This appointment will involve comprehensive testing and information gathering. The more information we have, the more accurate the diagnosis is. This leads to the development of a better treatment plan.
A standard consultation is 25 minutes.
How Many Appointments will I Need?
The number of appointments is dependent on the presentation of each individual patient. Effective resolution of pain is dose dependent meaning a number of treatments are needed to increase effectiveness. The techniques used with each consultation will vary as you move through different phases of rehabilitation. Complete recovery involves regaining the movement control and stability that we lose when injured. This takes times to progress. We will provide you with the best rehabilitation program for a speedy recovery. We always endeavour to get our patients better and quickly as possible without risk of re-injury.
Do You Have Hicaps?
Yes we have eftpos and health insurance processing facilities. We also accept cash.
Is Chiropractic covered by Medicare.
Chiropractic is partially covered by Medicare, if you are referred by your GP with an Enhanced Primary Care agreement. This entitles you to have $52.50 of the treatment cost subsidised for an allocated number of treatments, (usually between 3-5)
What Does A Treatment Session Involve?
Typically a treatment session will involve a combination of therapies (see techniques used), exercise prescription and patient education. Depending on the phase of care some consultations may only involve treatment, while other sessions may only involve exercise prescription. Each treatment session is tailored to the progress and specific needs of the client at the time.
Will I experience any soreness after the treatment?
It is normal to experience slight discomfort, for about 24 – 48 hours after the treatment.
Do Chiropractors only treat Back and Neck Pain?
No, Chiropractors are not limited to strictly spinal conditions. There is a misconception that Chiropractors are just experts on back and neck problems, when in fact many Chiropractors are also experts in treating sports injuries and people that suffer from arm leg and foot pain. We love seeing our patients get back to their best and resume their normal life without pain. Injuries we commonly help are:
- Rotator Cuff injury
- Elbow (tennis/golfers elbow) injuries
- Hamstring, thigh and calf strains
- Knee pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
Fluid Chiropractic has been sponsors of Jamberoo Women’s Hockey club and Kiama Tennis Club. Our association with these clubs has allowed us too, keep there clubs members active and playing despite there sport injuries.’
Do I need to be I in pain to see a Chiropractor?
No, Regular treatment is important for maintaining optimal spinal health.
Do I Need A Referral from my GP?
Will I have to Sign a Contract or Make upfront payments?
What is your Cancellation Policy?
In order for us to best care for your family and friends we ask that when you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment that you give us at least 24 hours notice. This allows us to reschedule the appointment for someone else needing an appointment There is a $25 cancellation fee if appointment needs to be cancelled without adequate explanation.
However we understand life can get hectic so our policy is as follows:
- 1st Missed Appointment – We understand, anyone can forget once!
- 2nd Missed Appointment – We’re not happy.
- 3rd Missed Appointment – Cancellation fee applies.
- 4th Missed Appointment – Full appointment fee applies.
If you have any questions not answered above please call 0404 404 103, or email your questions to email@example.com