Can anybody see a Chiropractor?
Absolutely! Anyone that would like the best function from their body. Our clients range from newborn babies to those in their 90s. With a wide array of underlying conditions and presenting complaints. The care is always suited to the individual client.
Why should I see a Chiropractor?
Some people seek chiropractic for treatment of a particular symptom. Often as clients see the improvements and benefits of a well functioning body, they maintain their care for maintenance or wellness visits. It is always your choice.
Some symptoms that may indicate there are underlying issues can include:
- back pain
- neck pain
- headaches or migraines
- poor sleep quality, poor energy, poor concentration
- recurrent injuries
- sciatic/symptoms radiating into arm or leg
Rather than ‘fixing‘ a symptom, we aim to restore normal function and get your body functioning well. Usually once this happens, there’s a significant reduction in symptoms. Our aim is to ‘treat the cause not the symptom.’
What is a 'Subluxation'?
This is a chiropractic specific term for an area that has decreased function, causing a decrease in neuro-biomechanical function. Usually these areas present with tension, pain or a related symptom.
Our aim is to optimise function through removing subluxations, through specific adjustments.
There is a growing body of evidence behind chiropractic and subluxations which has international recognition. To view research into chiropractic, subluxations and the effects of sensorimotor integration post adjustment, see http://research.chiropractic.ac.nz/publications-2019/.
What is an adjustment? What is the noise? Is it uncomfortable?
An adjustment is the term we use to restore movement to a joint. This can be done 3 ways:
- A manual adjustment- is a hands on manoeuvre done by the chiropractor, you may here a cavitation (small pop) in the joint capsule
- An activator adjustment- done by a small instrument called an activator. This is a spring-loaded tool that is used specifically on a joint to reduce inflammation and restore joint movement
- A drop table adjustment- using the chest or pelvic drop function on the chiropractic table
If a cavitation (or small pop) occurs, this is from nitrogen gas (a byproduct of the synovial fluid in the joint capsule) moving from the joint space rapidly. It is entirely safe and usually comfortable. If the joint has surrounding inflammation it can be slightly tender. It’s our priority that you are comfortable.
Are x-rays required?
If there's clinical justification for x-rays (such as a major trauma or complex case history) we will refer you to Medex Radiology at Matamata Medical Centre. If you have previous x-rays that are relevant, please bring them along. We can access most recent digital xrays online, so please speak to Jane/Lily.
Are you ACC registered?
Yes. We accept existing ACC claims where the date of injury is within the last 12 months.
If a recent injury has occurred, we can lodge your claim also. Please talk to us for further information.
Is Chiropractic supported by research?
There is a growing body of evidence behind chiropractic and subluxations which has international recognition, a lot of it produced or influenced by New Zealander's. To view research into chiropractic, subluxations and the effects of sensorimotor integration post adjustment, see http://research.chiropractic.ac.nz/publications-2019/. Dr Heidi Haavik (B.Sc Chiro, PhD) is our favourite guru in this department, as a Chiropractor and Neurophysiologist. For further information on her & her teams work, see https://chirosacademy.com/.
Our chiropractors at Connected Wellness are registered, qualified, and are continually staying up to date with latest research & techniques. Chiropractic care is extremely safe with some of the highest satisfaction rates in provider healthcare. Please talk to us for any concerns that you may have.