Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are X-rays safe?
  • Bed Wetting
  • Benefits of Breast Feeding?
  • Breast Feeding
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chiropractic Physical Examination
  • Chiropractic Visits
  • Do all patients require X-rays?
  • Do Chiropractors give treatment at the first visit?
  • Do I need to book appointments in advance?
  • Do I need to book?
  • Ear infections
  • Epilepsy and Seizures
  • How Does Everyday Life Interfere With Brain Function and Emotional Health?
  • On-site X-rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Second Visit (Report Of Findings)
  • Sleeping Difficulties
  • Spinal Health
  • Spinal Pain
  • Temporomandibular joint (or jaw) pain
  • Tonsillitis
  • Torticollis
  • Treatment at the initial visit
  • What are chiropractic Adjustments?
  • What are Chiropractic X-rays?
  • What are Speech disorders?
  • What are X-ray used for?
  • What can you do for Jaw Pain and dysfunction?
  • What Chiropractic treatment involves?
  • What do Regular Chiropractic Visits involve?
  • What is an Ear Infection?
  • What is Attention deficit disorder?
  • What is Bells Palsy?
  • What is Breech Presentation?
  • What is Cerebral Palsy?
  • What is Colic
  • What is Hypertension?
  • What is Spinal Health?
  • What is the Chiropractic ‘Report Of Findings’?
  • What is the Chiropractic treatment for Spinal Pain?
  • What is Torticollis (Wry neck)?
  • What to Expect
  • What Trauma Can Occur to the Baby During Birth?
  • What treatment is needed
  • Why do people get Pregnancy Pain?

Are X-rays safe?

  • Radiation is measured in Sieverts (Sv)
  • Every person on earth is exposed to usual background radiation each year – it comes from the rocks and space
  • This is in a low dose range

Radiation from x-rays have the potential to cause damage to the cells in your body. This is mostly very small and do not cause any major damage. However, excess exposure may cause more damage and cells could turn cancerous.

An example of a very low dose x-ray is a chest view which carries a very small risk in comparison to CT scans which use a higher dose but still carry a very small risk. To put it into perspective:

Imaging Investigation Effective Dose (mSv) Equivalent period of usual background (natural) radiation
Chest x-ray 0.02 3 days
Cervical spine x-ray 0.10 15 days
Thoracic spine x-ray 0.70 4 months
Lumbar spine x-ray 1.30 7 months
Hip x-ray 0.30 7 weeks
Pelvic x-ray 0.70 4 months
CT Scan (cervical) 1.50 8 months
CT Scan (thoracic) 6.00 2.5 years
CT Scan (lumbar) 3.30 1.4 years
CT Scan (abdomen) 10.0 4.5 years
CT Scan (pelvis) 10.0 4.5 years

Above date from:Department of health. Diagnostic Imaging Pathways.

The Department of Health states the benefits of getting x-rays is that it may help the doctor in finding the correct diagnosis which directs the treatment. An x-ray alone is not always the final step in diagnosis and more imaging or investigation may apply in certain cases. This is a major benefit that outweighs any risks involved with this type of imaging; X-ray imaging has low radiation rates.

With x-rays, the amount of radiation that you are exposed to depends on what area is being x-rayed. Younger children are also more sensitive to adults as they are still developing. If you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant, you should avoid exposing the unborn baby to any form of radiation. The risk is small, however there are other imaging modalities to consider such as ultrasound.

Another benefit of getting x-ray images are that it is non-invasive and they enable the doctor to see potential undiagnosed pathologies (such as fractures, bone infections, excess fluid, tumours and postural deviations). The Chiropractor assesses each case individually and decides if x-ray imaging is appropriate for your case. Chiropractors are University trained in taking and interpretation of diagnostic x-rays.

The Chiropractor will weigh up the risk versus benefits prior to using this imaging modality. Examinations which are unlikely to be of any clinical or diagnostic benefit will be avoided by the Chiropractor. Investigating into the cause of your problems via x-ray and directing the treatment from there often outweighs the very small risk of taking that x-ray.

Bed Wetting

Bed wetting is a normal occurrence for majority of young children, however after the age of 4-5yrs children normal bladder control should be established.

Benefits of Breast Feeding?

Breastfeeding is an integral part of an optimal start in life for infants. Evidence has demonstrated many benefits including enhanced immune system function, reduced risk of conditions such as gastroenteritis & respiratory illness

Breast Feeding

Breastfeeding is an integral part of an optimal start in life for infants. Evidence has demonstrated many benefits including enhanced immune system function, reduced risk of conditions such as gastroenteritis, respiratory illness and ear infections.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is an ‘umbrella’ term to describe a group of movement and posture disabilities. Although Cerebral Palsy is permanent, those who suffer the condition can enhance their overall movement control and motor skills with appropriate treatment.

Chiropractic Physical Examination

This involves your Chiropractor performing any required tests (usually testing the joints of your spine by feeling (palpating) your back, testing your muscle function, assessing your posture, performing indicated orthopaedic and neurological tests and if clinically indicated taking x-rays).

These procedures will take place after reviewing and further discussing your health questionnaire form at your Initial Visit.

Chiropractic Visits

Regular visits commence with the Chiropractor assessing the patient’s spine. This assessment typically involves the Chiropractor using his hands to palpate the spine, including any necessary orthopaedic or neurological testing. Treatment usually consists of traditional manual spinal adjustments, arthrostim adjustments/mobilisation, Activator techniques, pelvic blocking and/or cranial therapy.

Do all patients require X-rays?

No.

Only in cases where x-rays are clinically indicated will x-rays be recommended by the chiropractor.

Chiropractic x-rays can provide important information about the patient, which may help to accurately form a diagnosis. X-rays can identify red flags to treatment and/or potential issues that will require modifications to any future treatment. For example, if an x-ray shows moderate-severe osteoarthritis in a particular region of the spine, the chiropractor will likely chose not to perform any firm manual adjustive techniques in this area.

Generally, children do not normally have x-rays taken as their bodies are still developing and changing, and their body’s are more sensitive to radiation relative to adults.

Pregnant women will not be x-rayed. Radiation during pregnancy can lead to birth defects.

Regarding the risks of x-rays, you are best to speak to the chiropractor about your individual situation and the possible risks.

Do Chiropractors give treatment at the first visit?

At Wellbeing Chiropractic, in majority of cases our chiropractors will provide treatment on the first visit.

Our Chiropractor need to feel it is safe to give treatment and that any treatment will be beneficial. In some cases, the Chiropractor may wait to review the results of any testing done at the initial visit before commencing treatment, however these cases are rare.

Treatment will most likely include chiropractic adjustments, which is the treatment modality of choice for a Chiropractor. These adjustments are usually performed by hand (manual adjustments) or can be performed with an instrument (instrument-assisted adjustment).

Do I need to book appointments in advance?

At Wellbeing Chiropractic we have a ‘no waiting’ policy, which means you can always be seen when you need us.  That being said, we do recommend calling ahead so we can schedule a time for you for convenience

Below are our four practice locations and availability:

 

Hoppers Crossing

4 Pentlowe St Hoppers Crossing

03 9974 6966

Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm

Sat 8am-1pm Sat Evening – By appointment

Sunday – By appointment

 

Hawthorn

365 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 3122

03 9882 7135

Mon-Thurs 9.30-7.30

Friday 7.30-12.30

Saturday 8-12  – Sat Evening – By appointment

Sunday – 10-1 and By appointment

 

Pakenham

40 Main St Pakenham 3810

03 5940 4760

Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm

Sat 8am-1pm – Sat Evening – By appointment

Sunday – By appointment

Do I need to book?

At Wellbeing Chiropractic we have a ‘no waiting’ policy, which means you can always be seen when you need us. That said, we do recommend calling ahead so we can schedule a time for you.

To schedule an appointment, you can call us at our Pakenham (5940-4760) or Hawthorn (9882 7135) practices.

Ear infections

Ear infections are one of the most common conditions encountered during childhood. Inflammation and effusion in the middle ear may be due to bacterial invasion, but can also be due to viral infection or an allergic reaction. This helps to explain why antibiotics are not always effective in treating otitis media, since viruses and allergies are unaffected by this form of treatment.

Epilepsy and Seizures

Epilepsy and seizures are one of the most common neurological and sometimes life-long disorders. It is recognised that these neurological conditions are due to problems affecting the brain.

How Does Everyday Life Interfere With Brain Function and Emotional Health?

In the modern era many of us live highly stressful lifestyles and both short and long-term stress can be very detrimental to our overall health and wellbeing, particularly affecting our emotional and mental states. As well as this, stress has been linked to problems including chronic pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety and depression.

At Wellbeing we attempt to care for our patient’s musculoskeletal health.

On-site X-rays

If clinically indicated, x-rays are taken at our clinic. We have a full plain film, automatic, digital x-ray generator and Kodak digital processor. Having these facilities at-hand are extremely useful to our doctors as they are able to see what is going on in the joints and bones of the spine almost immediately, therefore being able to commence treatment sooner. This setup is also very convenient to our patients as it means, no more waiting at radiology centres to have x-rays taken and subsequent delays while the x-rays are reported and sent back to Wellbeing Chiropractic.

Does everyone require X-rays?
No. Only in cases where x-rays are clinically indicated will they be recommended by the chiropractor.

In most cases, children under the age of 16 years do not normally have x-rays taken as their bodies are constantly developing and changing. Also, pregnant women will not be x-rayed.

Physical Examination

This involves your Chiropractor performing any required tests (usually testing the nerves are working properly, testing the joints of your spine by feeling your back, testing your muscle function, assessing your posture, performing indicated orthopaedic tests and if clinically indicated taking x-rays) to gain a better understanding of your current health status and presenting problem. These procedures will take place after reviewing your health questionnaire form at your Initial Visit.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of physical and emotional symptoms related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Majority of women report some sort of symptoms during this time, some including breast tenderness and emotional distress.

Second Visit (Report Of Findings)

The second visit, also known as your ‘report of findings’, is where your Chiropractor will explain your results, give a prognosis, discuss any proposed treatment plan, and give treatment.

At the second visit, your Chiropractor will have a clear picture of:
If there is a problem, and if so what the problem is
If they can help you, or whether we need to refer you to another health professional

Sleeping Difficulties

Did you know that between 40-60% of us have difficulty sleeping? There have been many factors associated with poor sleep, some including daily stress, occupational and family worries and chronic pain.

Spinal Health

Movement is one of the primary signs of life and without proper structure and function in your spine movement becomes extremely difficult. The spine is designed to be moveable (therefore flexible), support and protect your brain and nervous system and assist with control and movements.

The most important role of the spine is undoubtedly to protect the nervous system from possible injury and damage.

Throughout a child’s development their spines are continually growing, developing, strengthening…changing!

Spinal Pain

It is estimated that one in four Australians will suffer some form of lower back pain during their life, while only half of these people will seek treatment and appropriate management. Now consider that nearly eight out of ten people will also suffer neck pain at some point in their lives. Clearly majority of us are faced with acute or chronic pain during our lives and it’s extremely important that people seek the right treatment for their issues.

Temporomandibular joint (or jaw) pain

Consider how much we use our mouths during the day, talking, yawning, chewing and drinking just to highlight a few. Usually jaw problems are long lasting for this very reason.

Chiropractic care for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) addresses muscles/ligaments that attach to the jaw, face and skull.

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is a general term which applies to inflammation of the tonsils and primarily affects young children.

Torticollis

Torticollis or Rye Neck can be an extremely painful problem causing involuntary spasm of the muscles of the neck producing a characteristic tilted head position and locked neck. There are various reasons for Torticollis, some including infection, congenital (from birth) and non-specific (no known cause).

Treatment at the initial visit

Treatment will be given on the first visit if the Chiropractor feels it is safe to do so, and the treatment will be beneficial. In some cases, the Chiropractor may wait to review the results of any testing done at the initial visit before commencing treatment. If “not getting treatment at the initial visit” is a concern of yours, please call us on 5940-4760 or 9882-7135 and one of our Chiropractors will be more than happy to talk to you about your situation.

What are chiropractic Adjustments?

Adjustments are the main tool used by Chiropractors and are unique to their profession.

The adjustment is given by hand and is a high velocity, low amplitude action. This means the joint is moved a short distance, at a high speed. It is a gentle thrust pushing motion through the joint. This results in cavitation of the joint (an audible popping or clicking noise).

The chiropractor can also adjust the extremity joints such as wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles and hips. They are adjusted with the same principles as above but in different directions such as distraction (pulling away). In addition to this, other techniques such as Arthrostim, Trigger point therapy, Activator method, SOT pelvic blocking and drop piece techniques may be employed during treatment. After assessing your health information and reviewing the examination details, the Chiropractor will decide what combination of treatment modalities will be most effective.

What are Chiropractic X-rays?

If clinically indicated, x-rays are taken at our clinic. We have a full plain film, automatic, digital x-ray generator and Kodak digital processor. Having these facilities at-hand are extremely useful to our doctors as they are able to see what is going on in the joints and bones of the spine almost immediately, therefore being able to commence treatment sooner.

It can be typical for Chiropractors to refer out for X-Rays, this process can mean that the patient doesn’t receive treatment for days until X-Rays have been sent back through to the Chiropractor and then examined.

As a Chiropractor we are trained and experienced in taking spinal Xrays which ensures the utmost convenience for our patients and most the time, treatment can be given on the same day.

What are Speech disorders?

Speech disorders are characterized as an individual having difficulty producing sounds correctly and fluently. Speech disorders have been closely linked in improper brain activity. The average onset of speech disorders is between two and six years, although can advance into adulthood if the problem is not resolved from an early age. The most common signs consist of a disruption in the normal flow of speech, repetition of words, inability to initiate words and lengthening of syllables.

What are X-ray used for?

X-rays of the spine and pelvis are often needed for patients who are about to start chiropractic treatment. X-rays provide great detail of the bones and joints of the spine and pelvis, which help better determine the problem, rule out certain conditions and assist in tailoring a specific treatment plan for the patient.

X-rays can often show changes in a patient’s bones, joints and posture due to:

Physical or Macro trauma’s (motor vehicle accidents, sporting injuries, birth trauma), Micro/repetitious trauma’s (sedentary lifestyle, computer use, poor posture, factory-line work, driving) Congenital/developmental defects (Scoliosis, hip dysplasia, scheuerman’s).

At Wellbeing Chiropractic we have a state-of-art digital x-ray facilities including a digital processor so we can capture and develop x-rays quickly without having to refer patients to external x-ray providers. All Chiropractors at Wellbeing Chiropractors are University-trained and licensed Radiographers able to take x-rays of the spine and extremities. As well as this, we also have a qualified full-time Radiologist on hand to assist if required.

What can you do for Jaw Pain and dysfunction?

Take a second to consider how much we use our mouths during the day: talking, yawning, chewing and drinking just to highlight a few. Usually jaw problems are long lasting for this very reason; it’s difficult to rest our jaws for extended periods! Most people with jaw issues present to the Chiropractor with pain with use of their jaw or at rest and to reduce this pain is usually the main concern of the patient. Patients may also present with stiffness, a limited amount of motion, clicking, catching or locking sensation, or a previous dislocation that they are experiencing a continuation of symptoms with. Patients may also experience referred pain from the jaw. This is pain that occurs at a different location from the stimulus. The most common referred pain sites for jaw issues occur at these locations:

  • Head (40%)
  • Face (30%)
  • Ear (20%)
  • Mandible (9%)
  • Neck (6%)
  • Eye (4%)
  • Teeth (1%)

Another common cause for jaw pain is from the surrounding muscles in the jaw, referring pain into the jaw. These include the sternocleidomastoid (SCM), masseter, medial and lateral pterygoid. The muscles can develop trigger points (or muscle knots), and can result from disorders in the jaw. Below are the main muscles involved in jaw trigger point issues.

Jaw disorders include inflammation, deviated or displaced discs and arthritis. These disorders can occur due to previous injuries, dislocations or deviations left untreated.

Common triggers for jaw pain:

  • Chewing gum
  • Grinding teeth at night (Bruxism)
  • Clenching jaw (tension)
  • Excess caffeine
  • Stress
  • Neck pain
  • Poor posture
  • Depression

What Chiropractic treatment involves?

Following the the initial history and examination, the Chiropractor will examine the information they have collected. This will give a clear indication of what treatment is appropriate for your case. We have a large repertoire of treatment modalities at our disposal and each treatment plan is tailored towards that particular patient.

Ongoing professional development is performed by every practitioner regularly to ensure we continually have an extensive range of treatment modalities available to suit every case.

If you have any concerns over treatment cost, preference on a particular style of treatment or any other questions, please discuss this with the Chiropractor at the Second visit (Report of Findings).

The following are the most common treatment modalities employed at Wellbeing Chiropractic:

  • Traditional manual adjusting techniques – spine and extremities
  • Soft tissue techniques such as Arthrostim machine
  • Activator (instrument assisted adjusting)
  • Pelvic blocks
  • Drop piece table
  • Rehabilitative exercises
  • Trigger point muscle therapy
  • Home care instructions and advice

What do Regular Chiropractic Visits involve?

Regular visits commence with the Chiropractor taking a short history of how you are feeling and/or responded to the previous treatment. Following this the chiropractor will assess the spine and any region of the patient’s body (e.g. shoulders, hips etc) they deem clinically necessary.

The spinal assessment typically involves the Chiropractor using their hands to palpate the spine. “Subluxations” or “joint restrictions” are areas of the spine that are not moving properly.

Once the Chiropractor identifies these joint restrictions they will perform specific treatment to these areas. Treatment usually consists of traditional manual spinal adjustments, arthrostim adjustments/mobilisation, activator techniques, pelvic blocking and/or cranial therapy.

What is an Ear Infection?

Ear infections are one of the most common conditions encountered during childhood. Inflammation and effusion in the middle ear may be due to bacterial invasion but can also be due to viral infection or an allergic reaction. This helps to explain why antibiotics are not always effective in treating otitis media, since viruses and allergies are sometimes unaffected by this form of treatment.

What is Attention deficit disorder?

ADHD or ADD is characterized by symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviours and have been linked to problems in learning, behaviour and emotions. Attention deficit disorders has now been suggested to affect at least 1 out of every 10 Australian children aged 6-17yrs.

The exact cause of ADHD/ADD remains unknown however scientific literature indicates a possible connection with alterations in proper nervous system development/function.

What is Bells Palsy?

Bell’s Palsy is a condition that sees sufferers unable to control the muscles of the face. There are numerous suggested causes, however most often it is considered the inflammatory processes affecting the nerves that supply these muscles in the face may cause weakness or paralysis.

What is Breech Presentation?

The cause of a breech presentation is relatively unknown. It is characterised as the baby entering the birth canal feet or buttock first instead of head first. This can present numerous difficulties during delivery and result in C-section delivery.

The mother’s body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, most obvious being weight gain, change in center of gravity, postural and gait pattern changes.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is an ‘umbrella’ term to describe a group of movement and posture disabilities. Although Cerebral Palsy is permanent, those who suffer the condition can enhance their overall movement control and motor skills with appropriate treatment.

It is reported through cerebral palsy organisations that those effected by cerebral palsy may experience the following:

  • Back Pain or other spinal related pain
  • Drooling (releasing the muscles of mastication)
  • Gait Patterns
  • Joint stiffness
  • Neck Pain and other problems
  • Muscle Contractures
  • Breathing issues
  • And other musculoskeletal problems

Our treatment may help with managing symptoms such as muscular tension often associated with cerebral palsy

What is Colic

Colic is characterized as excessive, inconsolable crying in an otherwise noted health infant. Although Colic usually self-resolves without treatment, if persistent can have long term serious consequences including ‘shaken baby syndrome’, child abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, many years of research is yet to link a specific cause of Colic and the condition largely remains unknown, although several speculated causes include gas, constipation, lactose intolerance and common food allergies.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension or “high blood pressure” is a significant health problem in Australia contributing to coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease and kidney failure. Closely linked to obesity, hypertension is estimated to affect one in three males and females.

What is Spinal Health?

Movement is one of the primary signs of life and without proper structure and function in your spine, movement becomes extremely difficult. The spine is designed to be moveable (therefore flexible), support and protect your brain and nervous system and assist with control and movements.

The most important role of the spine is undoubtedly to protect the brain and nervous system from possible injury and damage. Your spine surrounds your spinal cord, and if that’s not important then I don’t know what is!

Throughout a child’s development their spines are continually growing, developing, strengthening and changing! Many people think that because you have pain something is wrong. This is not entirely true. Problems can begin to develop well before pain and other symptoms develop. Pain is often the last symptom to develop.

What is the Chiropractic ‘Report Of Findings’?

The second visit, also known as your ‘report of findings’ is where your Chiropractor will explain the results of your examination, explain the x-rays if taken, give a prognosis, discuss any proposed treatment plan, the costs of any treatment/recommendations and give treatment.

At the second visit, your Chiropractor will have a clear picture of

  • If there is a problem, and if so
  • What the problem is;
  • If we can help you, or whether we need to refer you to another health professional

What is the Chiropractic treatment for Spinal Pain?

It is estimated that one in four Australians will suffer some form of lower back pain during their life, while only half of these people will seek treatment and appropriate management. Now consider that nearly eight out of ten people will also suffer neck pain at some point in their lives. Clearly majority of us are faced with acute or chronic pain during our lives and it’s extremely important that people seek the right treatment for their issues.

The 2016 Clinical practice guidelines for Chiropractic care of low back pain patients suggests that Chiropractors are capable of diagnosing, treating and co-managing these types of patients. Our treatment can help with managing symptoms such as muscular tension often associated with spinal pain

Chiropractic treatment usually consists of adjustments (manipulations), soft tissue techniques, postural advice, instrument assisted adjustments (Activator) and home stretches and exercises.

What is Torticollis (Wry neck)?

Torticollis or Rye Neck can be an extremely painful and inconvenient problem causing involuntary spasm of the muscles of the neck producing a characteristic tilted head position and locked neck. There are various reasons for Torticollis, some including infection, congenital (from birth) and non-specific (no known cause). However, most commonly Torticollis arises due to fixation and irritation of the upper neck joints and surrounding musculature.

Torticollis is often directly related to a trigger point in the SCM muscle causing the spasms.

What to Expect

Here at Wellbeing Chiropractic we want you to get the best results as quickly as possible, and have a great experience in the process. In order to achieve this, we have designed a number of different Chiropractic appointment types so we can specifically address your needs.

  • Initial Visit
  • Second Visit
  • Regular Chiropractic Visits

All new patients at Wellbeing Chiropractic are asked to complete a health and medical questionnaire to give our doctors as much information about their health so they can do there best to help. Your Chiropractor will review this information with you, asking any further questions if necessary. This information is vital as it provides us with important clues that will assist in determining if there is a problem and if so what approach to take. We understand your time is important and if we cannot help you or perhaps you would benefit from being co-managed with another health practitioner, you will be referred appropriately.

Learn more about your Second Visit and Regular Chiropractic Visits below.

What Trauma Can Occur to the Baby During Birth?

Even under normal circumstances pregnancy and delivery can be an extremely strenuous event for not only the mother but also her newborn.

Intrauterine constraint, abnormal fetal positioning and spinal distress from delivery can cause structural changes in the neck, mid back and pelvis so it’s important to check newborns as early as possible to ensure their spine and nervous system develops properly. Combine this with the possible use of operative devices such as forceps and vacuum extractions it’s a great trauma which exists to these precious newborns.

What treatment is needed

Everyone is different and therefore everyone who presents to our practice is treated individually. Our Chiropractors specialise in a range of techniques so that we can best assist a wide variety of presenting problems.

If treatment cost is a concern for you, the Second Visit (Report Of Findings) is an ideal time to raise this with your Chiropractor and any other questions you have.

Why do people get Pregnancy Pain?

The most common complaint why women seek assistance from a Chiropractor during this period is for lower back pain.

One-third of pregnant women claim that low back pain is a significant problem.

Nurturing your health during pregnancy can be done in many ways, for example through nutrition, exercise and rest.

  • Breast Feeding
  • Chiropractic Visits
  • Do I need to book?
  • On-site X-rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Second Visit (Report Of Findings)
  • Treatment at the initial visit
  • What to Expect
  • What treatment is needed

Breast Feeding

Breastfeeding is an integral part of an optimal start in life for infants. Evidence has demonstrated many benefits including enhanced immune system function, reduced risk of conditions such as gastroenteritis, respiratory illness and ear infections.

Chiropractic Visits

Regular visits commence with the Chiropractor assessing the patient’s spine. This assessment typically involves the Chiropractor using his hands to palpate the spine, including any necessary orthopaedic or neurological testing. Treatment usually consists of traditional manual spinal adjustments, arthrostim adjustments/mobilisation, Activator techniques, pelvic blocking and/or cranial therapy.

Do I need to book?

At Wellbeing Chiropractic we have a ‘no waiting’ policy, which means you can always be seen when you need us. That said, we do recommend calling ahead so we can schedule a time for you.

To schedule an appointment, you can call us at our Pakenham (5940-4760) or Hawthorn (9882 7135) practices.

On-site X-rays

If clinically indicated, x-rays are taken at our clinic. We have a full plain film, automatic, digital x-ray generator and Kodak digital processor. Having these facilities at-hand are extremely useful to our doctors as they are able to see what is going on in the joints and bones of the spine almost immediately, therefore being able to commence treatment sooner. This setup is also very convenient to our patients as it means, no more waiting at radiology centres to have x-rays taken and subsequent delays while the x-rays are reported and sent back to Wellbeing Chiropractic.

Does everyone require X-rays?
No. Only in cases where x-rays are clinically indicated will they be recommended by the chiropractor.

In most cases, children under the age of 16 years do not normally have x-rays taken as their bodies are constantly developing and changing. Also, pregnant women will not be x-rayed.

Physical Examination

This involves your Chiropractor performing any required tests (usually testing the nerves are working properly, testing the joints of your spine by feeling your back, testing your muscle function, assessing your posture, performing indicated orthopaedic tests and if clinically indicated taking x-rays) to gain a better understanding of your current health status and presenting problem. These procedures will take place after reviewing your health questionnaire form at your Initial Visit.

Second Visit (Report Of Findings)

The second visit, also known as your ‘report of findings’, is where your Chiropractor will explain your results, give a prognosis, discuss any proposed treatment plan, and give treatment.

At the second visit, your Chiropractor will have a clear picture of:
If there is a problem, and if so what the problem is
If they can help you, or whether we need to refer you to another health professional

Treatment at the initial visit

Treatment will be given on the first visit if the Chiropractor feels it is safe to do so, and the treatment will be beneficial. In some cases, the Chiropractor may wait to review the results of any testing done at the initial visit before commencing treatment. If “not getting treatment at the initial visit” is a concern of yours, please call us on 5940-4760 or 9882-7135 and one of our Chiropractors will be more than happy to talk to you about your situation.

What to Expect

Here at Wellbeing Chiropractic we want you to get the best results as quickly as possible, and have a great experience in the process. In order to achieve this, we have designed a number of different Chiropractic appointment types so we can specifically address your needs.

  • Initial Visit
  • Second Visit
  • Regular Chiropractic Visits

All new patients at Wellbeing Chiropractic are asked to complete a health and medical questionnaire to give our doctors as much information about their health so they can do there best to help. Your Chiropractor will review this information with you, asking any further questions if necessary. This information is vital as it provides us with important clues that will assist in determining if there is a problem and if so what approach to take. We understand your time is important and if we cannot help you or perhaps you would benefit from being co-managed with another health practitioner, you will be referred appropriately.

Learn more about your Second Visit and Regular Chiropractic Visits below.

What treatment is needed

Everyone is different and therefore everyone who presents to our practice is treated individually. Our Chiropractors specialise in a range of techniques so that we can best assist a wide variety of presenting problems.

If treatment cost is a concern for you, the Second Visit (Report Of Findings) is an ideal time to raise this with your Chiropractor and any other questions you have.

  • Bed Wetting
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Ear infections
  • Epilepsy and Seizures
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Sleeping Difficulties
  • Spinal Health
  • Spinal Pain
  • Temporomandibular joint (or jaw) pain
  • Tonsillitis
  • Torticollis
  • What is Bells Palsy?
  • What is Colic
  • What is Hypertension?

Bed Wetting

Bed wetting is a normal occurrence for majority of young children, however after the age of 4-5yrs children normal bladder control should be established.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is an ‘umbrella’ term to describe a group of movement and posture disabilities. Although Cerebral Palsy is permanent, those who suffer the condition can enhance their overall movement control and motor skills with appropriate treatment.

Ear infections

Ear infections are one of the most common conditions encountered during childhood. Inflammation and effusion in the middle ear may be due to bacterial invasion, but can also be due to viral infection or an allergic reaction. This helps to explain why antibiotics are not always effective in treating otitis media, since viruses and allergies are unaffected by this form of treatment.

Epilepsy and Seizures

Epilepsy and seizures are one of the most common neurological and sometimes life-long disorders. It is recognised that these neurological conditions are due to problems affecting the brain.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of physical and emotional symptoms related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Majority of women report some sort of symptoms during this time, some including breast tenderness and emotional distress.

Sleeping Difficulties

Did you know that between 40-60% of us have difficulty sleeping? There have been many factors associated with poor sleep, some including daily stress, occupational and family worries and chronic pain.

Spinal Health

Movement is one of the primary signs of life and without proper structure and function in your spine movement becomes extremely difficult. The spine is designed to be moveable (therefore flexible), support and protect your brain and nervous system and assist with control and movements.

The most important role of the spine is undoubtedly to protect the nervous system from possible injury and damage.

Throughout a child’s development their spines are continually growing, developing, strengthening…changing!

Spinal Pain

It is estimated that one in four Australians will suffer some form of lower back pain during their life, while only half of these people will seek treatment and appropriate management. Now consider that nearly eight out of ten people will also suffer neck pain at some point in their lives. Clearly majority of us are faced with acute or chronic pain during our lives and it’s extremely important that people seek the right treatment for their issues.

Temporomandibular joint (or jaw) pain

Consider how much we use our mouths during the day, talking, yawning, chewing and drinking just to highlight a few. Usually jaw problems are long lasting for this very reason.

Chiropractic care for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) addresses muscles/ligaments that attach to the jaw, face and skull.

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is a general term which applies to inflammation of the tonsils and primarily affects young children.

Torticollis

Torticollis or Rye Neck can be an extremely painful problem causing involuntary spasm of the muscles of the neck producing a characteristic tilted head position and locked neck. There are various reasons for Torticollis, some including infection, congenital (from birth) and non-specific (no known cause).

What is Bells Palsy?

Bell’s Palsy is a condition that sees sufferers unable to control the muscles of the face. There are numerous suggested causes, however most often it is considered the inflammatory processes affecting the nerves that supply these muscles in the face may cause weakness or paralysis.

What is Colic

Colic is characterized as excessive, inconsolable crying in an otherwise noted health infant. Although Colic usually self-resolves without treatment, if persistent can have long term serious consequences including ‘shaken baby syndrome’, child abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, many years of research is yet to link a specific cause of Colic and the condition largely remains unknown, although several speculated causes include gas, constipation, lactose intolerance and common food allergies.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension or “high blood pressure” is a significant health problem in Australia contributing to coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease and kidney failure. Closely linked to obesity, hypertension is estimated to affect one in three males and females.

  • What are X-ray used for?

What are X-ray used for?

X-rays of the spine and pelvis are often needed for patients who are about to start chiropractic treatment. X-rays provide great detail of the bones and joints of the spine and pelvis, which help better determine the problem, rule out certain conditions and assist in tailoring a specific treatment plan for the patient.

X-rays can often show changes in a patient’s bones, joints and posture due to:

Physical or Macro trauma’s (motor vehicle accidents, sporting injuries, birth trauma), Micro/repetitious trauma’s (sedentary lifestyle, computer use, poor posture, factory-line work, driving) Congenital/developmental defects (Scoliosis, hip dysplasia, scheuerman’s).

At Wellbeing Chiropractic we have a state-of-art digital x-ray facilities including a digital processor so we can capture and develop x-rays quickly without having to refer patients to external x-ray providers. All Chiropractors at Wellbeing Chiropractors are University-trained and licensed Radiographers able to take x-rays of the spine and extremities. As well as this, we also have a qualified full-time Radiologist on hand to assist if required.

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