Frequently Asked Questions - NeuroBalance Chiropractic

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral?

Frequently patients will come with a referral from their General Practitioner, Obstetrician or other specialists, however it is not mandatory. We are here to relieve your pain and improve your musculoskeletal alignment and nervous system balance.

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Do you do Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) referrals?

Yes. Your GP will need to determine your eligibility for the medicare scheme. The rebate is for a maximum of 5 sessions per calendar year. You will need to bring your EPC form at the time of your initial consultation and pay for the assessment/ treatment. We will provide you with a receipt that you will need to take to a medicare office and they will give you a portion of the visit cost back.

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Do you do Workers Compensation Claims?

Yes we do. You have the choice as to which therapist you wish to see. Your General Practitioner may refer you to us however it is not mandatory to have a referral. You will need a claim number from your works insurance company. Please call us with any questions in relation to worker compensation.

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What is a ‘subluxation’?

It is a term that is used by chiropractors which means joint misalignment. This misalignment may be a spinal joint or it may be your knee or any other joint in your body. This joint misalignment is accompanied by a change in muscle tone and strength as well as a disruption to the nerves’ ability to communicate with the rest of the body.

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What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is one way that your chiropractor can address the imbalances within the nervous and musculoskeletal system. Please refer to the techniques page for more specific information on the NIP adjustment type of technique.

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How do I know when I am subluxated?

It’s not easy to know when you are subluxated, although a pain of some kind can be a clue. Often however, just because something hurts, it may not be the cause of the pain. Your chiropractor will be able to tell you if the pain is being caused by or is a symptom of a misalignment somewhere else. We look for the deeper cause of the problem not just address the symptoms. Abnormal posture, including one shoulder higher than the other, hips not level or a head forward past the shoulders can also be indicative of subluxation. Babies can very often be subluxated from the birth process and often they present with varying issues such as settling, feeding problems, bowel problems and a failure or slowness in reaching their developmental milestones.

Often, the nerves that are affected due to the misalignment in the spine, do not carry pain signals. Therefore you can suffer from subluxations for many years without any pain warning signs.

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How did I get subluxated/misaligned?

Birth is often the first trauma that may cause a spinal misalignment or subluxation. Later on in life we can have falls, poor diets, stress, poor posture, no exercise, go through childbirth and many more. Because subluxations may not cause pain, having a regular check-up of your nervous and musculoskeletal system, just like you would go to the dentist can help you and your family achieve better health, naturally. Some of the common causes include:

  • Chemical: poor diet, medications can have side effects, poor immune system
  • Emotional: stress will be expressed in the body in a physiological way; shoulder tension, general achiness and low energy are common resultants.
  • Structural: kids have many falls and knocks, whilst adults tend to have more work related postural strains.

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Does the adjustment hurt?

No. The techniques we use are designed to make you as comfortable as possible. If at any stage you are not comfortable with the type of adjustment, we can do things in a different way. Your feedback is always encouraged. We also utilise a variety of muscle release techniques, which may be more uncomfortable than the adjustment itself, however you will be informed if this is likely to be the case. For further information of techniques, please refer to our techniques page.

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When can I expect to feel better?

Each person is very different and that is why a personalized treatment recommendation will be discussed with you on your second report visit. At this time goals of treatment will be decided on and you will be given an estimated time for that achievement.

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Will chiropractic improve my posture?

Yes. Chiropractic can improve posture and spinal alignment and stability with specific adjustments. Exercises may be advised in order for you to get the best out of your treatment.

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Do I have to have x-rays?

You may need x-rays or other imaging or tests done, however each person is different and on your 1st visit any further testing that may, depending on your specific condition, be needed, will be discussed with you.

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Is chiropractic care a good option?

Absolutely YES! Chiropractic is low risk, gentle and effective in a wide range of conditions. Your chiropractor will discuss with you any of the possible adverse affects of your treatment and you can withdraw consent any time.

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Is it OK for pregnant women to see a chiropractor?

Yes, it is the perfect time for a woman to see a chiropractor. It is very low risk and gentle and your chiropractor has done extensive additional education and training on some of the likely problems that pregnant women encounter. Studies have shown that women under chiropractic care have shorter labours and the use of interventions is significantly reduced. When the woman’s pelvis is better balanced it can reduced intra-uterine constraints and aid in the delivery. Many midwives and Obstetricians will refer women to see a chiropractor to help them throughout their pregnancy.

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When should I bring my kids in for a check up?

We really advise that the earlier the better. We see new borns to teenage children and everything in between. It is important to have your kids checked by a chiropractor who is specially trained in paediatrics. Babies and young children are not just little adults, they have a variety of specialist issues that need a qualified therapist to assess for. Birth is often the first cause of spinal misalignment, even the most ‘text book’ normal deliveries can cause stress onto the babies nervous system. So the earlier we can check your children the better we can set them up on the right path. If we need to do an adjustment on a baby, it is extremely gentle and low risk and more often than not, the baby will not wake.

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Will my health insurance cover chiropractic?

That depends on your level of cover. If you are covered for chiropractic care then you can claim using the HICAPS system in the clinic and pay the remaining gap. Please check with your fund to see how much you will get back as each fund and level of cover is different.

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