What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a safe, gentle and effective means of assessing and correcting spinal malfunction, and ensuring that your spine and nervous system are able to function at their optimum.

At McMillan Chiropractic Centre we utilise the most up to date research and techniques designed to make chiropractic care an effective, safe and enjoyable part of everyone’s health maintenance routine.

What to expect

When you arrive at our practices, you will be greeted by the Chiropractic Assistant and given some paperwork to fill out. You will then be taken through to the chiropractor’s room. The chiropractor will get take a complete history and then perform a thorough examination. You may be sent for x-rays if needed (please bring any recent x-rays with you to your first consultation). Treatment may or may not be performed on your first consultation, depending on your individual case.

Your second is called a Report of Findings. During this visit, the chiropractor will explain what was found on the initial consultation and outlines what needs to be done in order to help with your symptoms and restore function of the spine and nervous system. You will leave this consultation with a clear understanding on what is happening within your body and steps that are needed to get you healthy again.

All of our chiropractors have completed at least 5 years of university education and are members of the Chiropractic Association of Australia.

Is chiropractic care safe?

In the words of the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry, chiropractic care is ‘remarkably safe.’ Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.

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.

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, ‘locked up’, 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 permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.

There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually 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 years of university training and clinical experience, each chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

Can my child get adjusted?

Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems.

While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child’s spine, skull, pelvis and extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor.

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. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate contacting our offices. We strongly believe chiropractic care is an important part of a family’s care routine, so we offer a free initial consultation (history and examination, treatment is provided for the regular child fee).

Is it safe to get adjusted whilst pregnant?

Chiropractic care has been shown to be safe for both mother and unborn children,(2) Having your spine checked by a chiropractor helps to ensure that your pelvis is sitting correctly to allow optimum room for your baby to grow and move.

A well functioning nervous system enables a mother to easily combat many of the hurdles of pregnancy. Often women learn to just accept pregnancy discomforts such as nausea, heartburn, constipation, pubic pain etc, when in fact they don’t need to. Studies show that having your spine checked regularly may result in a less stressful pregnancy and a less uncomfortable delivery.

A chiropractor will check your spine to assess if it is properly aligned and free of dysfunction. Regular visits while you are pregnant will help to keep you in great shape in preparation for your birth.

Research shows that correct alignment of the pelvis and spine contributes to a more straightforward labour with less pain and trauma for mother and child. A study conducted by Dr Irvin Henderson MD(6) (a member of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees) demonstrated that, “Women who received chiropractic adjustments in their third trimester were able to carry and deliver their child with much more comfort.”

Chiropractic care has also been shown to significantly reduce labour time for women who had care throughout their pregnancy. In her study, Dr Joan Fallon found that first-time mums averaged a 24% shorter labour, while experienced mothers (those who had given birth before) had a 39% reduction in the average labour time in a substantial percentage of births.

This information has been adapted from the Well Adjusted babies site www.welladjusted.com.au. This site (and book) have an enormous amount of information available.