New Patients

What to Expect

We would like you to join us on a journey to improve your body and mind through quality chiropractic care. This journey begins with;

Day 1 – Comprehensive Chiropractic Examination (allow 45 minutes to 1 hour approx)

  • We will ask you to complete a comprehensive history form.
  • This will be followed by a consultation with the chiropractor to discuss your presenting complaint and history.
  • A thorough orthopaedic and neurological examination will be conducted.
  • Based on the results of this examination x-rays may or may not be recommended.
  • If we determine that chiropractic can help you and provided there are no contra-indications to treatment, then you will receive your first adjustment.

Day 2 – Report of Findings (examination & x-ray results) and first adjustment (allow 30 minutes)

  • We will ask you to watch a short DVD relating to your spine and nervous system.
  • We will go through your examination results and any x-rays and let you know what is happening to your spine, nervous system and health.
  • You will receive your first or second adjustment.

Day 3 – Review of your response to the adjustment and recommendations for a specific program for care. 

  • After evaluating your response to your first adjustment we will discuss with you an appropriate schedule of care to help correct your problem and restore your body to it’s best health.
  • You will receive an adjustment.

If you’re ready to begin your journey (or continue it) give us a call on 6583 1449 to make an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

(Dabbs,V., & Lauretti,W.J. (1995). A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation vs NSAIDs for the Treatment of Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 18(8), 530-536).

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.

More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years.

With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.

Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite.

Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results. As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.

Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.

Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health.

Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time consuming, chiropractors stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

In most cases, not at all. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing.

With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as spinal movement is restored, such as when a wet glass is removed from a table. Some chiropractors use a hand held instrument to adjust the spine. Others use pelvic blocks to re-align the body. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique, chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.

If you’re new to chiropractic care, you’ll want to know what type of result you can expect.  Individual experience varies from person to person, but most people can expect some benefits soon after beginning care and for these to consolidate further as therapy continues.  Statistically too, research shows that chiropractic care is more effective and economical and also gives longer lasting results for disorders of the spine than other forms of health care.

In understanding the difference between chiropractic and physiotherapy, we recommend referring to the definition of each practice. Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Physiotherapy, as described by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, “uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness.

Each individual is different and must make their own choice about the most appropriate method of care for them. We believe chiropractic, with its central focus on the spine, nervous system and their impact on entire body provides a health care option that can help manage pain as well as assist in achieving optimal well-being.

Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners therefore a referral is not necessary. However more and more GP’s are referring to Chiropractors. Hence, your GP can simply write the referral if he feels it necessary, yet it is not essential for you.  If further explanation is required please feel free to phone our practice on 6583 1449.

Chiropractors must complete a five-year university degree. A three year full time Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and a two year full time Master of Chiropractic. Chiropractic is recognised worldwide and supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Chiropractors must be registered and licensed to practise by the Chiropractors’ Registration Board. Chiropractors are regulated by AHPRA, who also oversee various other health professionals including Medical Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists and Dentists.

Online New Patient form

-This form can be completed before your new Chiropractic appointment and can be emailed, faxed to us or brought with you on the day.

This form can be completed before your new Massage Appointment and can be emailed, faxed to us or brought with you on the day.

This form can be completed before your new Nutritionist Appointment and can be emailed, faxed to us or brought with you on the day.

We can also email you a fully Digital Chiropractic New Patient form that can be completed entirely online at your convenience. Please contact our friendly staff to make a booking and they will send it to you.