Frequently asked questions about chiropractic care:
The following are some of the questions we’re most frequently asked about chiropractic care.
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Do I require a referral from a GP before commencing chiropractic care?No, you do not need referral from your GP before visiting a doctor of chiropractic.
Chiropractors are primary healthcare professionals, this means that patients can consult them directly. However, the chiropractors at Health First Chiropractic often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer to our chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will help manage a patient’s condition.
Similarly, our chiropractors frequently refer to medical doctors when necessary.
We are happy to work closely with your GP if a team care approach is required.
Who can see a chiropractor at Health First Chiropractic?Our chiropractors see people of all ages, with all types of health concerns, including pregnant women, new-born babies, children, athletes, the elderly and frail.
Each patient is treated according to their individual needs. In some cases health issues may be uncovered that are out of the scope of chiropractic and need to be addressed by another health professional.
We regularly work with health professionals from a range of disciplines including GP’s, physiotherapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and personal trainers.
We will assist you in prioritising your health care, and in seeking the best help at that time.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?No. At Health First Chiropractic we recognise each patient is uniquely different and your care should be too.
Our chiropractors evaluate each patient’s unique symptoms/concerns and develop an individual treatment approach accordingly.
Chiropractic care is custom tailored to the patient’s age, condition, and health goals.
Do your chiropractors have private consultation rooms, or do they have an ‘open plan’ treatment area?All consultations and treatments are conducted in private consultation rooms for optimal relaxation and privacy during your treatment.
Do you provide chiropractic care for children?Yes, Health First Chiropractic is pleased to offer safe and gentle chiropractic care to children and infants.
It’s important to be aware that the methods used for chiropractic treatment of babies and children differ significantly from those used on adults. As children are generally very flexible, and their spinal problems are rarely chronic, they respond quickly to very light, low force adjustment techniques.
Our practitioners are trained in gentle, low force techniques that make chiropractic perfectly appropriate for infants, children, and teenagers alike, to ensure parents and children feel very comfortable.
Do I have to have x-rays?Not all of our patients require x-rays before commencing chiropractic care.
Our chiropractors assess each patient on an individual basis, to determine whether images are necessary. We will only recommend that an x-ray be taken if there is a valid clinical reason for doing so.
If required we will refer you to x-ray facilities nearby or of your choice, where x-rays are largely covered by Medicare rebates.
Children will not require x-rays in most cases, unless they show significant trauma or spinal curvatures.
Will my Private Health Fund cover me for chiropractic care?YES. Private Health Insurance companies recognise the benefits of chiropractic and provide rebates to their members.
Health First Chiropractic also provides HICAPS facilities, this means you can claim onsite for immediate rebates (no need to send your claim in).
We are also registered preferred providers with health funds, enabling you to claim the maximum rebate you’re entitled to.
Of course, how much you can claim back each time you visit a chiropractor, and the maximum amount you can claim per year, will vary depending on the health cover you choose.
Does Medicare cover chiropractic care?Mostly no, the general Medicare scheme does not provide a rebate on chiropractic treatment. However, in some very specific circumstances you can qualify for a Medicare rebate on chiropractic treatments.
If you have a chronic health condition that your GP recognises may be helped with chiropractic care then you may be entitled to cover, through the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) program.
This is a plan put together by your GP and entitles you to attend up to five chiropractic visits per calendar year covered by Medicare.
Do you service Department of Veteran’ Affairs (DVA) patients?YES. All chiropractors at Health First Chiropractic are DVA approved providers.
Full coverage is offered to eligible veterans and their dependents. All Veterans Affairs (DVA) consultations are bulk billed provided a medical referral for chiropractic care has been provided by your GP.
Am I too old to receive or benefit from chiropractic care?Never. Chiropractic is a great way to maintain mobility, manage pain and add quality to your later years.
Using specially designed tables to ensure comfort, and gentle low force techniques designed to maximise and maintain your mobility, many of our senior patients are delighted to find there is hope and comfort in their later years.
To assist we have parking directly outside, with a gentle sloping wheelchair access ramp (to avoid stairs).
We are also Veterans Affairs (DVA) approved, part of the Medicare Chronic Disease Management (CDM) program for chronic conditions with referral from your GP and are happy to assist you with mobility issues.
How long will I need chiropractic care?The duration of chiropractic care varies with each patient and his or her individual health goals.
Some patients get results soon after commencing treatment. Others presenting with more chronic conditions may find recovery takes longer.
Once you are experiencing improved spinal health, you may choose to continue with ongoing maintenance chiropractic care.
How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.