What is Chiropractic? - FAQs


Chiropractors work with the nervous system to help your body heal naturally. Chiropractic adjustments are used to resolve ‘subluxations’: joints that are out of alignment with the body which may be causing pain, discomfort or other problems.

Your care at Yass Chiropractic is highly individualised. We believe that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Everyone is different and your treatment will be tailored to your needs and health goals. If you have any questions or concerns about your care, please speak with your practitioner.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

A Chiropractic adjustment is applying the correct combination of force and speed to realign your subluxated joint to a more ‘normal’ position. Thus, allowing the nerves to travel to and from the joint in question more freely.

‘Manual’ and ‘Non-Manual’ adjustments can be used depending on the patient and their needs. If you have any concerns about the type of adjustment used in your treatment, please speak with your practitioner.

Back to top

What Chiropractic techniques do you use?

There are 4 main techniques that are practiced at Yass Chiropractic:

  1. Gonstead
  2. Diversified
  3. Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)
  4. Activator Method

Back to top

Do you adjust only the spine, or other areas as well?

Most Chiropractors focus on the spinal column. If the spinal nerves become irritated in the spinal column, they may cause knock-on effects in the body. But irritations, or subluxations, in other areas of the body do occur. Working on the peripheral joints such as the feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulder girdle, elbows, wrists, hands, and jaw can help with feedback problems into the spinal nerves.

If you have concerns about any discomfort or reduced range of motion, for instance, in non-spinal joints, please discuss this with your practitioner as they may be able to help.

Back to top

Is Chiropractic for me?

Most likely yes, if you possess a spine and nervous system! More broadly, by how much chiropractic treatments may be able to help your particular ailments is too hard a question to answer without a full consultation. Aside from being one of the best (and most cost-effective) treatments to help you get back on your feet and back to work again after a bout of mechanical low back pain, Chiropractic usually helps relieve neck pain and headaches and may be able to help with a wide range of other conditions such as sleep problems, mood disturbances and postural problems, to name but a few.

Some patients notice improvement immediately whilst others may take a few treatments to see the results. If you are not noticing improvement within 4 treatments, you will most likely be referred for other tests or to other health professionals.

With their Chiropractic expertise, your practitioner can offer you a myriad of advice for lifestyle changes and rehabilitation. If alternative or additional health professionals should be consulted, Yass Chiropractic will recommend these. We will not recommend appointments here more than we believe is necessary and will always respect your choices regarding your own health care.

Back to top

Do I need a referral from a GP?

No, a GP referral is not needed as Chiropractors are primary care practitioners.

However, GPs can refer you for up to 5 treatments mostly paid for by Medicare under a Chronic Disease Management plan (for patients who have chronic/complex needs). See your GP for further information.

Back to top

What should I do following a Chiropractic adjustment?

Drinking enough water and maybe going for a 5-10 min walk on a flat surface immediately following an adjustment can both help your body settle at a cellular level and adapt to your adjustment.

Back to top

How did Chiropractic start?

The idea behind adjusting spinal bones goes all the way back to 1895 - when Daniel David Palmer performed the first modern-day Chiropractic adjustment in Davenport, Iowa (USA). His premise was that the body was a self-healing organism (taken from such ideas as if you cut your hand, the body just heals it up). So when things stopped healing so well in the body, or an organ was ‘sick’, D.D. Palmer wondered if this could be caused by a malfunctioning spinal nerve that looked after the area of the body that was now ‘sick’. He wondered if a spinal nerve was being ‘pinched’ by a vertebra being out of place? Indeed D.D. Palmer seemed to find this to be the case judging by the success he had with his patients, and so went forth the idea of modern Chiropractic. Just like all professions, Chiropractic had its humble beginnings, based on a novel hypothesis, but there is a lot more research that goes on today in Chiropractic compared to 1895!

Back to top