Chiropractic FAQ

Are you covered under Medicare?

Yes. You will need to go to your GP and ask for an EPC plan (Enhanced Primary Care). This will give you 5 sessions that are mostly covered under Medicare. We do not bulk bill, so you will need to pay for the full treatment amount and we can arrange a medicare rebate on the spot into your nominated account.

Are you covered under Private Health cover?

Yes. We have HICAPs facilities on site you can claim on the spot. Please note that you are not allowed to use your Private Health cover and the EPC plan at the same time. If for whatever reason you do not bring your health fund card, or it isn’t working – we will print you a receipt and you can submit it to your health fund in order to get a rebate.

Are your qualifications recognised in Australia?

Yes. Whilst Brett did complete his studies in South Africa, he has sat all the stringent Australian Board exams to ensure his qualification is fully recognised in Australia. Consequently he is covered under Medicare and with all Private Health funds.

Do I need a referral to have an appointment?

No. You do not need a GP referral to book an appointment.

Are you insured?

Yes. It is a requirement of all practising Chiropractors to be fully insured in order to practice. All Insurances and First Aid certificates are always kept up to date.

When are you available?

Currently Chiropractic services are available Monday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings. Appointments can be booked online via our website or you can give us a call.

Do I need to book in advance?

If you need to book a prime time position – late Wednesday afternoon, then yes you do need to book in advance. Brett is highly sought after and often fills up a couple weeks in advance. Once you have gotten through your Initial Consultation it will be much easier to book your next appointment in as the session time is shorter and we have magicians who manage the diary so we always do our best to book you in!

How long is a consultation?

Please allow 1hr for an Initial Consultation and 30 mins for all visits there after. You will receive a treatment in each consultation, including the Initial.

What are your fees?

Initial Consultations are $99 and visits thereafter are $69.

I’ve hurt my back – can you help?

Yes! Of course. We look after spinal care as well as all sporting injuries.

Do I have to be an athlete to have an appointment with you?

Of course not! Most sporting injuries do fall into the category of day to day injuries also. We have a large client base of athletes and weekend warriors but it does not exclude you if you do not fall into that category. We look after families, children, dogs and cats also.

Are you experienced with sporting injuries?

Yes! Brett has been in practice for over 15 years and has worked with many Sports Physicians, Physios, Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as elite athletes themselves. Do not think of us as regular Chiro, whilst we do spinal care we are very well versed in treating all sporting injuries.

Can I still exercise whilst being treated?

Possibly. This will depend on the injury you have and its nature and severity. Everything will be considered in your first session and a treatment plan as well as an exercise plan will be provided to you with recommendations on how to modify your exercise as well as how to build back up to full strength. Everyones needs will be different so a tailored plan will be put together for you.

I have an event coming up very soon, can you get me on track?

Yes. This is our specialty! We have, far too many times had clients call up last minute needing to be patched up a few days before race day. Whilst you should never leave an injury to the last minute we can definitely help you get through your big race and then we can properly treat you in your recovery.

What should I look for in a Chiropractor?

It goes without saying that experience, knowledge and amicability should rate high on the list of features to look for in a Chiropractor. At Paramount we also believe that clear communication and transparency are vital during treatment. Our philosophy is to actively involve you in your care with a clear understanding of what is wrong, what needs to change and how we are going to achieve your goals. We firmly believe that the treatment process is a two way street and a pivotal point is having you actively involved.

Is Chiropractic dangerous?

Chiropractic is a modality that is recognised world wide and is also supported by the world health organisation.

There has been much research into chiropractic that has been funded by universities, governments as well as not for profit organisations and the studies have resolved that Chiropractic is a safe and successful primary therapy option for neuromusculo – skeletal conditions. The evidence has shown that chiropractic is often safer then most alternative medical procedures that could be used to treat the same conditions. Having said that, any medical procedure carries a level of risk and there are some situations where Chiropractic care is contraindicated (what is this?).

Chiropractors are trained to assess, identify and mitigate any risks or contraindications to treatment or adjustment and do so by going through a  thorough assessment prior to treatment. This is to ensure that every precaution has been taken for your safe treatment and achieving your desired result.

 

What are the steps that Paramount would take to help me with my Recovery from Injury?

·             A full history and physical examination to get to the bottom of your injury, and what is causing it

·             An outline to the treatment that will be performed and its progression

·             Constant re-assessment to ensure we are on the right track to getting you back to where you want to be

·             A multi stage rehabilitation plan designed specifically around you and your injury

·             Guidelines in regards to your expected recovery time, when you can return to sport and at what intensity you are able to perform to ensure that there is no re-injury

How does Chiro differ from Physio?

The main difference between these chiropractic and physiotherapy is based on their origins.

Chiropractic evolved from the use of spinal manipulation to treat a clients pain and any dysfunction they had. Therefore Chiropractioners tend to include manipulation within their treatment.

Physiotherapy evolved from rehabilitative exercise combined with manual therapy such as massage. Therefore they tend to include massage and exercise to rehabilitate injury with in their treatments.

As both professions mature and more evidence based treatments become available within the musculoskeletal field, the lines that differentiate the different professions are starting to blur. We often say that it’s not the practitioner’s original title but what post graduate studies they have taken and their combined approach to your care.

Modern Chiropractic focuses more on functional impairment and any presenting dysfunctions within the body. This has led to a matured treatment approach to include soft tissue therapy such as massage, active release, myofascial dry needling as well as including both rehabilitative  & strengthening exercise into the mix. Some Physiotherapists have started to incorporate more manipulative techniques into their reportoire.

It therefore tends to be more important to find the individual practitioner and their suitcase of skills that are best suited to your specific needs

Ensure you make it to the finish line, let us help you!