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What are the Phases of Chiropractic Care?

Phases of Chiropractic Care

How long your decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

Decision Point

There are 3 Phases of Chiropractic Care.

Phase 1 – Initial Acute Care

In the first stage of care we aim to relieve pain. Initially your muscles may be in spasm, and your joints may be inflamed. Your chiropractor’s focus is to reduce pain with gentle manipulation, and aftercare home advice (sometimes ice, or rest is needed). Depending on your age, overall health condition, level of  joint degeneration and lifestyle, some return visits may be necessary to reduce or eliminate your initial presenting symptoms.

Phase 2- Subacute Care

In this next phase your chiropractor will focus on rehabilitating and restoring joint function.  Muscle and other soft tissue damage can often persist after your initial symptoms have subsided, so we check to make sure the trigger points are releasing and becoming less active. We also assess your range of motion and give stretching and strengthening exercises to restore the correct function to the areas involved.  We will encourage you to supplement your care with exercises or other self-care procedures you can do at home to try to prevent further relapses. 

Phase 3 – Future Follow-up Care

Sometimes more chronic musculoskeletal conditions will require some longer term care from time to time to help manage the pain and symptoms. For example, chronic low back pain is very common, and whilst we are able to help with some immediate relief, at times we may need to educate you on how to be more aware of your body and the signs that there may be a problem starting. We aim to try to help you manage your condition by looking at lifestyle, posture and other stressors in your life that could possibly be modified. This may involve follow up at the first sign of a symptom you are aware of is a precursor to your condition. Feeling pain, stiffness, or discomfort for example are a good reasons to come back for follow up care. All of this is dependant on each individual case.

Combining Chiropractic with other therapies such as Massage.

Remedial Massage Compliment Chiropractic

Sometimes Massage compliments Chiropractic care really well, along with other musculoskeletal therapies such as Dry needling and Acupuncture. We often recommend patients have a massage first before we adjust, especially if there is a strong muscle component to their condition. Often the combined soft tissue and joint treatments enable an improved outcome to care. Remedial Massage can help reduce tension in the supporting muscles of the spine allowing for increased mobility and range of motion.

Massage helps to prepare the muscles for the joint manipulation or chiropractic adjustment by allowing greater range of motion within the joint, and hopefully less involuntary tightening that can sometimes occur before a chiropractic adjustment (reflex). As a result we feel your adjustment may be enhanced due to the extra relaxation.

Detect Scoliosis in your Child with One Easy test you can do at Home

Spine Check Test North Brisbane Chiropractor

Back to School

Now that the children are Back to School, it’s probably a good idea to be pro-active about the health and well being of their spines.  Carrying book-laden school bags, and sitting at desks can cause injuries.

We check children’s spines all the time. And whilst we can give your child a thorough spinal assessment in the clinic at Well & Wise, there is ONE SIMPLE CHECK that you can do at home to ensure they have healthy backs.

This is an important and easy way to check for SCOLIOSIS, which is a sideways curvature of the spine. If you suspect that there is a scoliosis in your child, it is vital to have an assessment.  This is because, in some cases, these spinal curves can progress or even worsen very quickly. Especially if left untreated. It is one one of those cases of prevention is better than cure!

One Spinal Screening Check

Spine check
https://www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/scoliosis/scoliosis-children

The Adams Test is an initial screening for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, and is a simple test. Just ask your child to bend straight forward, in the position of touching (or near touching) their toes. They don’t need to be able to reach their toes, but just ask them to hold that position while you observe their movement, and then check to see if one side of their spine is raised higher than the other. If you notice one side sits higher than the other, (what we call a “Rib hump”), or an unevenness in their spine in this position, they may have a scoliosis or curvature that needs attention.

Although not a test that provides a definitive diagnosis, this test will give you a guide as to whether your child should be checked more thoroughly by a health care professional, such as a Chiropractor.

What Happen if my Child has a Positive to the Test?

Sometimes a positive to this test is nothing to worry much about. However, it is a very accurate guide as to what is going on in your child’s spine. After taking a thorough medical history and doing a few more tests we will decide whether we need to order a Spinal X-Ray. An X-Ray in the upright position to assesses the child’s posture and curvature. This will tell us definitively if there is a scoliosis present. We will also be able to measure it’s angle, and monitor it in the future, depending on the severity of the curve.

What is the Cause of Scoliosis in Children?

There are many types of Scoliosis found in children.

  1. Infantile idiopathic scoliosis presents in children ages 0 to 3.
  2. Juvenile idiopathic scoliosis presents in children ages 4 to 10.
  3. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis presents in young people ages 11 to 18 and is the most common type.
  4. Congenital scoliosis occurs when the spine does not develop properly in the womb.
  5. Neuromuscular scoliosis is a result of brain, spinal cord, and muscular system disorders.
  6. Syndromic scoliosis develops as part of an underlying syndrome or disorder.

Often scoliosis that is structural is a genetic/ hereditary condition where sometimes you, or someone else in your family has had this type of curvature to some degree. Most of the time we do not know the cause of the scoliosis. If it does develop in adolescents, it’s an important form of scoliosis to monitor. These cases do generally start to increase and worsen and therefore need treatment.

Scoliosis can also be a functional curvature due to incorrect use of schoolbags, or improper positions sitting either at the desk, lap top or in front of video gaming such as X Box or PlayStation, sometimes an imbalance due to some types of unilateral sport. The severity and the progression of the curve in the spine is very important. This needs to be monitored in children as they continue to develop, and their growth plates begin to fuse.

How is Scoliosis Treated or Managed?

Management of these cases usually involves a strategy of monitoring the child’s spine.  A series of X-Rays taken at 6 monthly or yearly intervals to compare progress. Depending on this, a various course of action will need to be taken.

Chiropractic Adjustments can help to correct some functional cases of misalignment and curvature. Sometimes cases that require orthopaedic assessment for bracing treatment, or even surgery is required, if the the progression or severity of the curve worsens an in particular if it starts to impact on lung capacity and breathing.

If you are unsure or have any questions about how heavy your child’s schoolbag should be, the type of back pack to look for, or how they should be using their school bag, OR if you can detect an abnormality in your child’s posture or alignment using the Adam’s Test then call us on 07 3356 7211.

Reference:

https://www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/scoliosis/scoliosis-children

Self-manipulating could cause problems

Self-manipulating causes several problems

If you know someone, or you are someone who “cracks” your own neck or back, then this blog is for you!

Chiropractic Adjustments

Adjustments that Chiropractors apply are a very specific and gentle manoeuvre. These adjustments allow the correct amount of force to move only the joint(s) required helping to improve the function of the spine. Only a Chiropractor, or other Physical Therapist that has been trained in these manoeuvres is allowed to perform them by law.

What happens when people crack their own spine, or allow someone who is untrained apply a manipulation to someone else?

Patients often ask if it is harmful to crack their own neck or back. Or to let their spouse or friend do this for them?  It is NOT a good idea to SELF-manipulate your neck or back! Or to attempt to manipulate someone else either! Besides being dangerous, you are placing your own and your friends health at risk. Whilst performing DIY manipulations sometimes provides temporary relief, over time it could lead to new issues with the spine’s stability.

There are a 3 reasons why this should be avoided

1. Self-Manipulation has no control on which areas are moved and mobilised.

Firstly, self-manipulation can very easily move several joints that a re already hyper mobile (moving too much). Secondly, joints that are already moving adequately or maybe too much could possibly become irritated or maybe even inflamed. Consequently if repeated, this could create joint injury or instability, or in some cases hyper-mobility. Additionally, this leads to a great deal of muscular contraction in the area the body is trying to stabilise. Muscles tighten and contract to try to do the job of the already overstretched ligaments. As a result, the patient suffers muscle spasms, and a vicious cycle of pain leading to more pain.

2. Self-Manipulation can be dangerous.

Self-manipulation shouldn’t be applied because it could damage or worsen the unknown underlying condition.  Consequently, a few conditions that would not respond well to self-adjustments are spinal canal stenosis or inflammatory arthritis. Furthermore, only a health care practitioner is able to diagnose these types of condition via a thorough history and physical examination.

3. Self-Manipulation can become addictive!

Cracking their own neck or back may provide some short term relief of pain, but the habit can be difficult to reverse. Rehabilitation on the other hand teaches patients the correct way to stretch and relax tight muscles. Alternative methods can find relief through heat, meditation, mobilisation, and strength-based exercises. The main goal in these cases is to gain stability.

Do you have a Private Health Fund or Medicare Enhanced Care Plan?

North Brisbane Chiropractor
Private Health Funds & Bulk Billing

Medicare Bulk Billing

We offer No Out Of Pocket BULK BILLING under certain circumstances* for Chiropractic & Clinical Psychology only.

*There is no out of pocket fee for Enhanced Care Plan patients for Chiropractic Care and  Mental Health Care Plan clients for Clinical Psychology. Please note that only your GP can approve these types of bulk billed visits on Medicare, and your referring GP will be in direct collaboration with your allied health provider regarding your condition.

Below is a link to Enhanced Primary Care Plan referral form with our details inserted (PDF) for easy reference.

enhanced-primary-care-referral-form

GP Referral for Enhanced Care Plan
GP Referral for Enhanced Care Plan

Additionally, we treat those holding a Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) Card with the relevant referral from a GP , and clients that have an approved Work Cover. 

Private Health Funds

We offer rebates on all Chiropractic, Remedial Massage, Psychology, Dry Needling, and Acupuncture appointments using your Private Health Card and our HICAPS machine.

If you expect financial assistance from certain Private Health Fund insurance plans, some policies dictate that you take certain approval steps before commencing care, such as waiting periods. We are a Medibank Private Member’s choice provider.

On the Spot Claims

We are able to use our HICAPS machine to enable fast and easy claiming on the spot. First, remember to bring your private health fund card with you for each appointment. Then, with each visit we swipe your card, and your fund will pay a certain amount of the total consultation fee, leaving a gap fee. Ultimately, the amount of the fee is determined by how much coverage you have for a particular service. Additionally, you can always check this by calling your private health fund and letting them know the service you have booked for.

No Private Health?

You don’t need a Private Health Fund, a Bulk Billing referral, or permission from anyone to see a Chiropractor.  If you don’t have a private health care card, you can check out our fee structure on our website. Be careful that you don’t allow your health to be compromised. It’s your body, your health, and your future. We do offer pensioner/ concession card/ student fees and are happy to discuss your situation.

3 Benefits of Remedial Massage Therapy

Benefits of Remedial MassageThere are so many different benefits to receiving Remedial Massage. For this reason, in today’s blog we will be covering only 3 of the most important and amazing benefits. These can literally change the quality of your life and health.

The first major benefit is Stress Relief

Stress is a big factor in our daily lives. And who doesn’t want less of this in our life? Being so busy in our modern fast-paced world, we often neglect to give ourselves ‘time out’ to relax and unwind. Remedial Massage is perfect for this! Incorporating Remedial Massage into your lifestyle on a regular basis, will vastly improve your emotional well being and reduce those stress levels. It will aid your mental coping abilities, as well as rejuvenating your body physically.

Another important benefit is Flexibility

Remedial Massage therapy enables us to remain flexible, helping improve blood flow within the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Greatly beneficial for elite athletes, or even the weekend warrior, remedial massage is also important in generally for everyone. This is mainly to maintain the correct length of muscles and to aid in recovery and posture correction. Over time, muscles become shortened and tight due to stress, chronic tension, fatigue, or postural imbalance. The better your flexibility, the better joints will function over time, reducing the risk of joint dysfunction, and then over time arthritis.

Remedial Massage Compliments other Treatments

Remedial Massage compliments other treatments such as Chiropractic and Dry needling. Often the two combined can have an improved outcome to therapy. If there is muscle imbalance or weakness, posture is affected, which in turn starts to cause spinal misalignment and nerve pressure. Massage can help re balance the supporting muscles of the spine, allowing the optimal alignment and posture to be achieved and maintained for longer.

For example, massage therapy assists with Chiropractic Adjustments by warming up your muscles, and making them more supple and relaxed. This helps to prepare the muscles and joints for a chiropractic adjustment or correction. As a result your adjustment will be better, your recovery time will be shorter, and your symptoms, often pain and stiffness, will be alleviated faster. This will enable corrective changes in spinal alignment to last for longer.

There are some extra benefits of regular Remedial Massage Therapy.

  • Therapy has shown to encourage faster healing time and reduced formation of scar tissue
  • Massage can produce deep relaxation for people who suffer from a busy lifestyle
  • It promotes stress reduction and reduces anxiety levels
  • Massage can strengthen the immune system and increase the ability to think clearly
  • Helps to provide an overall feeling of well-being and encourages a sense of balance and harmony

Regular Remedial Massage is so important to keeping your body and mind in proper harmony, and to maintain a healthy nervous system. They feel good too!  We are passionate about making massage and chiropractic adjustments a combined approach to staying well. Also to enable this complimentary approach to care, to become part of your and your family’s lifestyle. This will enhance your body’s natural function and ability to heal and maintain itself, so your body and mind can perform at it’s absolute best!