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Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen on my first visit?

Consultation

On your first visit to our office you will be welcomed by our receptionists who will greet you with a warm smile. You will then be asked to fill out our required forms, which will help us gain some information about yourself and your condition. These forms are also available here and can be emailed to .

Dr Simone Aybar will then talk with you and ask you some specific questions regarding your condition to determine if chiropractic care may be of benefit to you. Some patients may require co-management with another type of practitioner such as your GP, an exercise physiologist or dietician. If a referral for imaging or further testing is required based on examination results from your first visit or progress, you will be informed promptly. Some of these tests may have out of pocket expenses.

Examination

After a thorough consultation in our office with the chiropractor, you will have a complete chiropractic examination. This will include testing your reflexes, your ability to turn and bend as well as other standard orthopaedic, neurologic, postural, and physical examinations. Your ability to carry out your normal daily activity may also be examined. Your chiropractor and GP will gain valuable information for this examination regarding your condition, and a better understanding of how chiropractic care may help you. 

X-ray

X-ray is sometimes required to get a full evaluation of a patient. The need for X-ray is considered on a case by case basis. If necessary you will be given a referral for X-rays or additional testing. Some imaging and blood tests may have out of pocket expenses.

Report of Findings

Once all the examinations have been performed, your chiropractor may give you a report of findings with the information gathered from your consultation. These findings may be shared with your GP and other treating practitioners with your permission. The results of the examination will inform you and your chiropractor of your recommendations and possible benefits of chiropractic care.

Treatment

Most of our patients begin to see results soon after the very first adjustment. Our effective chiropractic care is available to children (they love us), and able to facilitate the recovery of function and movement for the athlete and senior. Results differ form person to person and are dependent on the nature and complexity of your condition.

What can my chiropractor do to relieve carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel refers to numbness and pain experienced in hands and wrists, commonly associated with repetitive stress injury activities, i.e. scanning groceries, typing, working in awkward positions with your hands such as mechanical work and also may be associated with pregnancy. During pregnancy, fluid retention is usually the culprit! However, other cases may be due to misalignments or subluxations in the bones of the wrist, elbow shoulder blades or neck resulting in an entrapment syndrome. In some cases, the entrapments can be present in multiple locations simultaneously, resulting in a “double-crush” phenomenon of the nerves supplying the wrist and hand.

By thoroughly assessing your condition, history of onset and undertaking appropriate orthopaedic examinations, we may be able to relieve the carpal tunnel, improve negative symptoms or reduce the pain and discomfort experienced. It may be possible to avoid the need for pain or anti-inflammatory medication or surgery.

Is intimacy "safe" if I am experiencing low back pain?

Many patients could think of nothing worse than being intimate while experiencing back pain. But the truth is there are ways of maintaining intimacy provided you are willing to be creative. In some cases it may even provide some temporary relief and increase endorphins and positive emotions.

Chiropractic care is an effective method of reducing lower back and neck pain. Research has shown chiropractic patients to be more satisfied with their care, return to work and activities of daily living faster and experience better long-term outcomes than more traditional methods of drug and medical treatment.

How do I know if it is my back or a "pulled muscle"?

There is a general rule of thumb to determine if you need to see your chiropractor. If you experience pain or discomfort and it lasts for more than three days and/or does not respond to rest, ice pack/heat packs or pain medication; chances are you need to have your spine checked. If you experience episodes of pain and recover in three days or less but have recurrent episodes over a period of time then it is best that you are examined to determine the underlying cause and the best course of care to prevent a recurrence.

At Balanced Body Chiropractic we will take a thorough case history, perform relevant examinations, orthopaedic tests, functional assessments and if clinically necessary, refer for X-rays to determine whether or not chiropractic care is appropriate to manage your condition.

Once you see a chiropractor, do you have to keep getting adjustments for the rest of your life?

The length and schedule of care is determined by the nature of your condition a how well you are progressing and improving. Discharge from acute care occurs when you have a full resolution of symptoms, or are able to self-manage the remainder of your care independently. How long you decide to benefit from care is entirely up to you.

Can chiropractor help me if I hurt my coccyx/ tailbone?

In many cases, specialised chiropractic techniques can provide immediate release, improved symptoms and long-term benefits.

Can chiropractic care treat my headache?

Research suggests that many headaches originate from a problem in the neck. Chiropractic care may be a very effective treatment for headache, depending on your particular circumstances.