Common Questions

What type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?

Chiropractors are very well educated. Chiropractors in Australia complete a 5-year course of university study which is very similar to that of a medical doctor, but with a heavy emphasis on chiropractic technique and taking and reading x-rays.

At Liberty Chiropractic, we believe that a chiropractor’s education should never end. Our chiropractors are committed to ongoing professional development to stay up to date with the latest research and chiropractic techniques.

Dr Tony is also a sought-after speaker at chiropractic seminars throughout Australia, helping other chiropractors hone their skills.

What should I expect from my first visit?

From the first minute you walk into our office, the emphasis will be on you. We are dedicated to providing you and your family with the finest care possible. Your first visit will consist of a careful review of your health history and a thorough examination of your spine and nerve system.

X-rays and other tests may be recommended to help confirm that chiropractic care can help you and to pinpoint your vertebral subluxation pattern. We only accept clients that we believe we can help. Chiropractors are trained to detect serious health problems and may refer these people for emergency medical care if it is required.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No. Each person’s care is uniquely different from every other. Your chiropractor will develop an individual course of care together with you based on their careful evaluation of your health needs. Also, individualised corrective home exercises are given to many of our clients to help in their spinal correction.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic has a safety record that is the envy of other health professions. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive surgeries or dangerous medications. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice insurance rates between chiropractors and other health care professionals. Chiropractors’ malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors, pharmacists, dentists, surgeons or obstetricians.

You might read in other places on the internet that chiropractic care is dangerous. However, scientific studies confirm that medications and surgery are far more dangerous than any care you’ll get in our office! For more information, click here.

Can a person who has had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Unfortunately, many of our clients come to us after already having undergone spinal surgery. Whilst this subtly changes the way we take care of them, it is still possible to get wonderful results with chiropractic care in many of these cases. In fact, if chiropractic care is begun soon enough, back surgery may often be avoided in the first place.

Does chiropractic work for all types of health problems?

Chiropractic care is not a “treatment” for particular conditions. Not every individual will experience a complete resolution of all of their health problems once they start chiropractic care. For some, their body has reached the limits of time or tissue healing that means that full restoration of health, life and function will not happen. However, even in these cases, with a normal nerve supply the body’s natural healing capacity may improve a variety of health problems.

Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?

It’s more than OK – it’s a great idea! There are few situations where the spine is subjected to more stress than when a mother is carrying a growing baby inside her. Many pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age and condition of health.

If you’re interested in how chiropractic care can help pregnant mums and newborns, we recommend the Australian best-seller “Well Adjusted Babies” written by our dear friend, Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani.  Check it out at www.welladjustedbabies.com.

Is a good work-out the same as getting adjusted?

No. Exercise is an important part of good health, yet without normal spinal function a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints.

Still have a question not answered here?

Click here to ask Dr Tony your question – drtony@libertychiropractic.com.au