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What To Expect at Mountain View Chiropractic

When you enter our practice our goal is to eliminate every shred of apprehension and make you feel right at home. Since chiropractic care involves a series of visits, with each one building on the ones before, it’s important that our relationship can go the distance. We’ve found that one of the best ways to have successful patient relationships is to explain everything in advance. No surprises! The more you understand who we are, what we do and why we do it, the better results you’ll enjoy. It’s as simple as that. So read below to find out what to expect in your first couple of appointments with us.

When you first arrive, you will be greeted by one of our friendly chiropractic assistants, who you may have already spoken to on the phone to book your appointment. They will deliver you some paper work upon arrival which will need to be filled out. Please always arrive 15mins prior to your first appointment with us.

Your First Visit – Initial Consultation

Once your paper work is filled out to the best of your ability, one of our chiropractors will meet with you and work with you to gain an understanding of your current presentation and your health goals. Even though you have filled out paper work, your chiropractor will go through a thorough history where they ask you lots of questions to create a fuller picture of your health history and current health status. This history helps to direct your chiropractor to complete a thorough and specific examination tailored to you, which will help to identify ‘chiropractic type’ issues that we can work with. Please be aware that although rare, there may be instances where you are asked to change into a gown for your chiropractor to obtain more health information. If this is the case, you will be provided with privacy to change. We commonly aim to have patients stay in their own clothes to increase patient comfort.

If your presentation and plan of care is straight forward, then treatment may be provided at the first appointment, if clinically indicated. If you present with an issue that requires further testing to better understand the cause of your symptoms, we may provide you with some other gentle care options that can help you to be more comfortable while you wait for test results.

Initial consultations usually take approximately 30mins, plus the 15mins of paperwork prior to the appointment. If you have any previous imaging and/or imaging reports please bring them along with you.

If we believe that your health would be better served by seeing another practitioner or another health profession, then we will recommend this. We are very happy to work collaboratively with your other health care professionals, if you have them.

Your Second Visit – Report of Findings

On your report of findings visit, we explain what we found and how we may be able to help you.

The second and following visits are usually shorter in length than the first consultation. If required there may be discussion of x-rays or tests or a continuation of care that began at the first visit. We have five clinic rooms with different equipment that may be required for your presentation.

If a number of visits are needed:

Many people require a program of care; each visit builds upon changes from earlier consultations. When working to a plan, the time taken for a visit is usually shorter. Many people prefer to make a number of appointments in advance so they may choose the most suitable times.

If we believe we can help then we’ll do our best to approximate how much care may be required before you feel some improvement.

It is not always possible to give a definite endpoint for care, however, we will regularly recheck your progress.

As an overview, here is how you can expect your first two appointments to flow:

  • First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history, thorough physical examination and X-ray pictures of your spine, if clinically indicated.
  • Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.
  • After your adjustment, we retest to make sure the desired changes have been produced. Testing afterwards helps us deliver high-quality care and high levels of patient satisfaction.

If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let us know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care. Please contact us today to book an appointment.

Busy Appointment Times

Most people seek care between 9 and 11am and from 4 to 6pm making them our busiest times. If you prefer a slightly longer consultation, where more soft tissue work or exercise advise may be provided, then let us know that you prefer the non-peak hours of the day.

We welcome you to Mountain View Chiropractic and look forward to getting to know you! Contact us to make an appointment!

FAQs About Chiropractic

Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognised as a safe and effective, natural approach to spinal healthcare. Chiropractic is the largest non-surgical, non-invasive, non-drug prescribing, primary contact health profession in the world. In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs*. Although chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are extremely small. To put things into perspective, you have a greater chance of being injured in a car accident than from chiropractic care**. Chiropractors are highly qualified and trained professionals who study full time at university for a minimum of five years, they are government registered and government regulated health professionals. *Dabbs, V. & Lauretti, W.J. (1995). A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation vs NSAIDS for the Treatment of Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 18 (8), 530-536** Dinman BD. The reality and acceptance of risk. Journal of the American Medical Association 1980;233(11):1226-1228

What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, restricted or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to allow improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Often the chiropractor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly-accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant or indirect pressure. After five years of university training and clinical experience, each chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

Is Chiropractic Care Appropriate For Children?

Our chiropractors have been trained at a University level to treat children from newborns to early adulthood and are continually expanding their knowledge and skills in this area. Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, things like learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults. Chiropractic techniques are modified to be very gentle, safe and effective. Although chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, as with any health treatment there is a very rare but material risk. To minimise these risks, our chiropractors will perform a comprehensive history and examination before beginning any care. Our chiropractors are highly trained to adapt their approach to suit the individual needs of infants and young children. Our chiropractors will work alongside your regular GP and will refer to them were necessary.

Am I Too Old For Chiropractic Care?

More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity. Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results. As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.

What Should I Expect On My First Visit?

At Mountain View Chiropractic, we are committed to providing you with the finest care possible. Your first visit will consist of a careful review of your history and a thorough examination of your spine and nervous system. Your chiropractic treatment may begin at this first visit, however your chiropractor will determine this based upon your history review and thorough examination. X-rays may be recommended to help confirm that chiropractic care can help you. Our chiropractors are trained to detect serious health problems and may refer people for emergency medical care if it is required.

How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care For?

This will vary from patient to patient. Spinal problems, neglected for a long time may require ongoing supportive care for optimal spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine. Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be at their very best, find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health. Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their aches or pains becomes unbearable. Chiropractors stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. Like having your teeth checked or your hair cut regularly, how often you choose to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

Do Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt?

You may feel some discomfort, but it shouldn’t be painful. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release into joint as spinal movement is restored. Some Chiropractors use a hand held instrument to adjust the spine. Others use pelvic blocks to re-align the body. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique, Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.

What Results Can I Expect?

If you are new to Chiropractic care, you’ll want to know what type of result you can expect. Individual experiences vary from person to person, however most people can expect to see some benefits soon after beginning care and for these to enhance further as care continues. Statistically, research shows that Chiropractic care is more effective and economical and also gives longer lasting results for disorders of the spine than other forms of health care.

What Is The Difference Between Chiropractic And Physiotherapy?

In understanding the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy, we recommend referring to the definition of each practice. Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The practice of Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Physiotherapy, as described by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness. Each individual is different and must make their own choice about the most appropriate method of care for them. We believe Chiropractic, with its central focus on the spine, nervous system and their impact on entire body provides a health care option that can help manage pain, as well as assist in achieving optimal well-being.

Approximately How Much Does A Chiropractic Session Cost?

Initial Consultation (first visit): $110

Report of Findings (second visit)/ Re-Exam/Long Consult: $85

Standard visit: $68

Massage Therapy 45mins: $80

Missed appointment fee: $50

Less than 4 hours notice to cancel an appointment will incur a missed appointment fee in most instances. Concession fees apply for Pension and Healthcare Card Holders.
At mountain view chiropractic we accept private health funds via our on site hicaps service, this may reduce the cost of your visit depending on the type of health insurance you have

Do You Need A Referral From a GP?

Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners therefore a referral is not necessary. However more and more GP’s are referring to Chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC). Some patients may be able to obtain this, but not all.

Can I See A Chiropractor If I Have Already Had Back Surgery?

Some of our patients come to us after they have already had spinal surgery. Whilst this may change the way in which we take care of them, it is still possible to achieve excellent results with chiropractic care with many of these patients.

Is It Ok To See A Chiropractor Whilst I Am Pregnant?

Whilst you are pregnant is one of the most beneficial times to see a chiropractor. There are not many situations in life where the spine and body are subjected to more stress than when a mother is carrying a growing baby. Many mothers find that chiropractic care helps to improve their pregnancy and have reported that it has helped to make labour and birth easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting techniques are always adapted to each individual mother and her pregnancy and are very gentle, safe and effective.

If you are interested in how chiropractic care can help pregnant mums and newborns, please feel free to call our clinic for more information.