Is the care you provide at Hills Spinal Health safe?

The many forms of treatment we provide are all considered to be extremely low risk. Although there is an element of risk present in any form of medical treatment there have been very few adverse events reported in any of the techniques that we utilise. Your practitioner will discuss any concerns or questions you have regarding your care before performing any treatment.

What ages could benefit from treatment at Hills Spinal Health?

People of all ages have benefited from our care. We have had the pleasure of helping people right from birth through to people in their late 90s. We are yet to help anyone over 100 but I’m sure the day will come!

We love caring for families in our clinic.

Will the treatment hurt?

Absolutely not. We are not believers in the “no pain, no gain” way of thinking. Our treatments are generally gentle and are always tailored to the needs and preferences of each individual. All our practitioners are trained in low force techniques that give us a wide range of options when it comes to designing a program that is right for you.

How often will I need treatment?

This obviously varies depending on your own unique needs. We don’t believe there is such a thing as a ‘one size fits all’ approach to healthcare, so every treatment program is specific to your individual requirements.

Will I need to keep coming back?

This varies depending on each individual case. Often a course of treatment will be required, as we always prefer to correct the real causes of your condition, rather than focusing on ‘quick fix’ band-aid approaches. However, the myth that once you begin care you have to keep coming back is exactly that – a myth.

Many people do choose to benefit from some form of ongoing care- once you know how great you can feel, why would you want to feel anything else? The reality is that life creates constant stresses on our body, mind and emotions and some form of regular tune up can really assist in keeping that balanced. However how long you choose to benefit from care is always up to you.

Can I have treatment during pregnancy?

We have had the pleasure of caring for many pregnant women and young families. Our clinic is equipped with specialised pregnancy pillows support cushions to allow expecting mums to be treated in comfort. Many have remarked that they’re happy to come in just to have a chance to lie comfortably for a while!

Will my treatment be covered by my private health fund? Can I claim on the spot?

Our treatment is covered by all private health funds. We have a HICAPS machine which means you can swipe your healthcare card to claim on the spot and simply pay the gap amount.

Is it expensive?

This depends entirely on your perspective. Our belief is that your health is your most valuable possession and that money invested in health pays huge dividends. Experience has shown that you can either invest in looking after your health up front, or you can pay the price later (which is often much greater and costs much more than just money).

We pride ourselves on always providing excellent value to our clients.

How long before I start to feel better?

This obviously varies depending on your condition and your unique body, however people typically begin to feel noticeably better within their first or second treatment.

My problem has nothing to do with pain? am I still in the right place?

Absolutely. Relieving pain is actually just a small part of what we do (although it is something we excel at). People consult us for many reasons and our practitioners are trained in a wide variety of holistic techniques to allow us to help with a broad range of issues.

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is the chiropractic term for realignment of a dysfunctional joint. The joint may be spinal or anywhere else in the body. The purpose of an adjustment is to restore normal joint motion and mechanics, but more importantly to restore normal neurological function. Research is increasingly indicating that the major effect of an adjustment occurs in the brain.

This adjustment may be performed by hand or with the help of an instrument such as an activator.There are many ways to create an adjustment, including gentle low force techniques. An adjustment is typically not a painful experience.

What is the cracking sound during an adjustment?

The cracking sound that is sometimes heard during an adjustment is simply gas being released inside the joint as the joint capsule stretches. It is most definitely not bones cracking!
The easiest way to think of this is to imagine a suction cup stuck on a pane of glass. If you pull the suction cup off there will be a popping noise as the two surfaces separate. This is basically what happens in an adjustment as the joint surfaces separate.

For those who simply can’t tolerate even the thought of ‘cracking’, there are many ways to achieve an adjustment without any cracking whatsoever.

What is the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?

This is obviously dependent on which chiropractor and which physiotherapist you are talking about, as there are many different techniques in each profession. However, the difference is that physios are generally focused on your muscles, while chiropractors are generally focused on your nerves.

Since the nerves control and coordinate all aspects of muscular function (as well as everything else in your body) we think this just makes good sense!

Are Chiropractors real doctors?

All Chiropractors in Australia are recognised as doctors by the Australian Government and the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA). Chiropractors in Australia undergo 5 years of university education, comprising of an undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in Chiropractic.

This includes training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, radiology, neurology, biomechanics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, nutrition and many other disciplines. It also includes a 2 year clinical internship.

Chiropractors are considered ‘Primary Care Physicians’. They are highly trained, skilled and qualified to care for your health.