Chiropractic adjustments often involve a gentle push that helps add motion to joints that aren’t moving well. Some methods use the hands, others a special hand held adjusting instrument (the Activator), a special table, or pelvic blocks that utilise the force of gravity. There are many ways to adjust joints. Before making an adjustment the practitioner needs to consider the level and direction, the minimal amount of force required, any contraindications and the best method for the patient’s age and condition.
In most cases adjustments do not hurt at all and in fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. Some people may feel slight soreness following their first few adjustments as the body begins to move better and re-align. Only the joints that are “locked up” and too stiff receive adjustments, this allows weakened muscles & ligaments to stabilise & heal.
People of any age and condition can receive chiropractic care. There are many ways to adjust the spine. We can use techniques which are extremely low force and suitable for conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis and disc bulges or herniations.
Patients can pay by cash or EFTPOS. Paddington Chiropractic also provides patients with on the spot claiming for members of Australian health funds.
Chiropractors in Australia are required to complete an accredited five year full-time University degree which is recognised internationally. Chiropractic health care professionals are regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Patients may be covered for a number of visits annually under Medicare’s Team Care Arrangement (TCA). Please speak to your GP or your chiropractor if you believe you would benefit from this.
There is generally no need for a medical referral for chiropractic care. Many of our new patients are referred from family and friends or other health practitioners. Our practitioners are happy to liaise with your other health providers if required.
Private Health Insurance / HICAPS
All our Chiropractors and Massage therapists are registered with the major health funds. We have HICAPS to enable instant on site electronic claims and payment processing. No more queuing at health fund branches and filling in claim forms! Most funds ‘ extras’ will cover a portion of your chiropractic fee and many funds will now also cover remedial massage.
Medicare may cover some chiropractic treatments. Eligible patients (those with a chronic complex condition) will receive a maximum of 5 allied health care visits per calendar year fully covered by medicare. If you think you may be eligible, talk to your GP about the possibility of getting an EPC plan written up for you. All our chiropractors are happy to work and communicate with your GP. Paddington Chiropractic centre bulk bills EPC patients.
Workers Compensation and Transport Accident Schemes
Chiropractic is also available under the Workers Compensation and Transport Accident schemes however you will need a referral from your GP if you plan to claim under these.
Department of Veterans Affairs patients are welcome at Paddington Chiropractic Centre. A referral from your GP to this clinic is required. No out of pocket expenses are incurred by eligible patients.