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Both Chiropractors and Physiotherapists are highly trained in the assessment, treatment and management of various neuromusculoskeletal complaints and disorders, although their treatment methods vary in techniques used. While the actual treatment may vary, both Chiropractors and Physiotherapists who work at Complete Health Clinic hold the patient’s interests as a priority and will often refer patients to one another in order to give the best possible chance of recovery.
Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a particular focus on subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae causing nerve pinching).
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that helps people to identify and optimise their ability to function. Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They help to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent for as long as possible.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by a member of our Welcome Team. You will then be asked to complete a short form outlining your chief complaint and general health status. This will allow our expert practitioners to more properly evaluate the root cause of your complaint and direct your care in the best and most effective way possible.
Following this your practitioner will introduce themselves to you and will go through the form in more detail asking questions relevant to your complaint. Subsequently you will be asked more about your medical history to see if there are any other ways our practitioners can help improve the quality of your life.
Your practitioner will then perform a thorough, focused physical examination with you to determine the cause of your complaint. This may include assessment of range of motion, specific orthopaedic and neurological tests, a full postural analysis and a thermal spinal scan. Your practitioner will perform specific tests dependent on your complaint.
Your practitioner will then take all of this information into account and deliver your diagnosis and a treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs in your report of findings.
Is it safe to have Chiropractic treatment?
Chiropractors are qualified to a very high standard and take every possible risk into account when considering your case for treatment. Chiropractic adjustments are very safe when delivered by a qualified practitioner. All of our Chiropractors graduated from accredited institutions and are fully registered with the General Chiropractic Council – the regulatory body for Chiropractors.
Is Physiotherapy massage?
Although certain massage techniques may be used if clinically warranted, physiotherapy is much more. It includes manual therapy to move your joints, soft tissue release to stretch out tight and therefore dysfunctional muscles as well as re-educating your body to move in the most effective way possible through various exercises.
How long will it take?
This is completely dependent on your condition, whether it is a short term or a long term problem that you’ve been suffering with and how you respond to treatment. Your practitioner will go through all your options before you begin treatment to give you the best chance of recovery possible.
Will it hurt?
Every treatment plan is tailored to the specific individual. It may be in some cases some Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue work (including massage and stretches) may cause some temporary discomfort but this is a ‘positive pain’ as it helping to alleviate the pain arising from the route cause. The relief from pain following these procedures by far outweighs the potential initial discomfort!
Is Chiropractic just for backs?
The short answer is no! Chiropractors are qualified to treat lower back pain as well as neck pain, shoulder, elbow, hip and knee pain. Chiropractors also can assist with headaches arising from the neck and can even help with prevention of migraines.