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Reading through some of frequently asked questions at Blackwood Village Health may help determine which treatment is right for you.

How are chiropractors regulated?

Chiropractors are five year university trained, government regulated and government registered healthcare professionals. Government established chiropractic registration boards – to whose regulations chiropractors must strictly adhere in order to maintain registration to practice – exist in all Australian states and territories to ensure increased public safety for the Australian population. These bodies are responsible for maintaining the highest standards for all practitioners.

Is chiropractic care safe?

According to a New Zealand government inquiry, chiropractic care is remarkably safe.*

In relation to caring for neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs**

Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength to conduct safe, effective adjustments.
Chiropractic care is a natural approach to better health that is safe and effective. Please feel free to discuss this matter with your chiropractor.

What type of educational qualifications do chiropractors receive?

Today’s chiropractor is a highly educated professional. Chiropractic training in Australia involves five year courses at Sydney’s Macquarie University, Melbourne’s RMIT University and Perth’s Murdoch University.

Many Australian chiropractors received similar education in the US, Europe, Japan or New Zealand.

These courses are of similar length and depth as medical courses, but focus on promoting healthier lifestyles via better body function, rather than on drugs and surgery. Accordingly, chiropractic education involves a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects.

A chiropractor’s education never ends. After entering practice, all CAA (Chiropractic Association of Australia) & COCA (Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australia) chiropractors must complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills and to stay current with the latest scientific research.

Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?

Yes, chiropractic care is safe for children. 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. Whilst 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 doctor of chiropractic.

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 may help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. Chiropractors are five year university trained healthcare professionals, equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide care especially tailored to the requirements of each individual.

Is chiropractic care appropriate for over 55’s?

More and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their latter 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 may help improve lifestyle areas associated with the over 55’s age group including mobility, vitality, endurance and appetite. Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the ageing process. The adjusting technique used by your doctor of chiropractic will be modified for maximum comfort and results.

How long will I need chiropractic care?

Spinal health related problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness or tension, soft tissue damage and degenerative changes to the spine. Most patients find that periodic chiropractic check-ups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful lives or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health and for fostering wellness.

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.

Do I need a referral from a GP to see a chiropractor?

Only Dept of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) patients require a GP referral.


* Hasselberg, PD (1979). Chiropractic in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry. Wellington, New Zealand: Government Printer.

** 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.

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