The Peak Performance Chiropractic difference

What separates us from other clinics is the combination of three distinct chiropractic disciplines.  Namely, AK, NOT and postural neurology to target the cause of your health complaint from all angles and assist you in reaching the peak of your potential.

What to Expect?

At the initial consult a complete medical history will be taken, followed by a thorough physical examination where the nervous-, muscular- and skeletal systems will be assessed for areas of dysfunction.  As a part of the physical examination, all major muscles will be assessed to determine which ones are working correctly and which ones are not.  As you progress through the treatment, one by one these muscles will come back online and this will be used as a measure of progress over time.  Further tests may be ordered at this stage if deemed necessary.

At the second visit, the report of findings, the main issues responsible for your health complaint will be explained, and you will be given treatment options on how to best address these problems.  If you decide to go ahead with treatment, a care plan will be presented outlining what needs to be done to get the main problems under control.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic centres around the adjustment of the spine.  The spine houses the very important spinal cord from which all the nerves of the body are derived.  Theses nerves leave the spine and innervate all the tissues, muscles, organs and glands of the body.

However, the practice of chiropractic can differ greatly from one practitioner to another.  Some practitioners just use manual adjustments of the spine, others adjust the spine and extremities.  Some just use an instrument called an activator which is a lighter type of adjustment.  Here at peak performance chiropractic a range of adjustment types will be used.  Basically, the type of adjustment chosen will be whatever needs to be done to restore full function and get the job done. This will sometimes be manual adjustments, sometimes drop piece, sometimes activator and sometimes pelvic blocking.

Why is the spine so important?

The spine encases the spinal cord, part of the central nervous system, the other part is the brain which is also encased in a bony covering, the skull. The central nervous system is so crucial to life, that it has been totally encased in bone for protection. The nervous system innervates all tissues, organs and glands of the body. The nervous system controls how much tension there is in a muscle, how much blood flows to different regions of the body, the heart beat and respiration rate. Normal nervous system function is essential for the continuation of life.

Does chiropractic just constitute adjustment of the spine?

Some chiropractors just adjust the spine. Others adjust the spine and extremity joints also. Applied kinesiology (which Dr Crockett is certified in) is unique in that in addition to adjusting the spine and extremities, it also checks all the muscles of the body to assess the function of the nervous system. Then techniques are applied to restore normal muscle function. The restoration of muscle function assists the body by holding the joints in their correct position.

Do all chiropractors perform the same types of adjustments?

There are a huge number of different chiropractic techniques and scores of unique systems all called chiropractic.  So if you have been to a chiropractor before, this does not necessarily mean that you will know what to expect when you go to another.  Some chiropractors perform big “cracking” adjustments all up the spine, others use gentle techniques where there is no joint “cracking” so to speak.  At Peak Performance Chiropractic, a mixture of low force techniques and manual adjusting is used.  At the end of the day, the adjustment that gets the job done, will be the one used.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

Adjustments will often be modified to adjust for different body types. Some people dislike certain adjustments and may request another type instead. All adjustments should be comfortable, and if they are not, they will be modified until it is comfortable for the patient.

How do I know if I need to see a chiropractor?

There are two approaches to the management of your health. Wait until you are sick and see a medical doctor, which is a reactive approach to your health. The other approach is to be proactive and seek the help of a chiropractor who can ensure that you are functioning at your best so that you can stay healthy.

I am not in pain. Do I still need to have chiropractic care?

When you are functioning at your peak, you can run onto a footy field, take big hits and come off un-injured at the end of the game. Obviously, if the force is large enough, anybody can get injured, even when functioning at your best. But I am not talking about those types of injuries as they are rare and would hurt anybody. Here I am talking about run of the mill trauma that is encountered during a game. However, someone who is functioning at 70% and who will most likely be asymptomatic can run on the footy field take the same hits as the individual who is functioning at their best but leave the field injured. Let’s say for argument sake that at 60% of full function one would become symptomatic and have pain. They could present to their chiropractor at 55% of full function and with pain. After a few adjustments, the individual reaches 65% of full function and now has no pain and terminates care. This individual will most likely in the future drop below 60% again and go back into pain. The absence of pain does not mean the absence of a problem. Here at peak performance chiropractic you will be scheduled based on your exam findings and your goals, and not on your pain levels. Here at Peak Performance Chiropractic our goal is to take each patient to 100% of their potential.

For how long will I need chiropractic care?

You cannot go for a run once and get fit. You do not learn to play the piano after one lesson. When you take your car for a service, do you say to the mechanic? do a really good job because I don’t want to have to bring it back again! When you go to a medical doctor they give you medicine, that you most often take for the rest of your life. Chiropractic is often criticised, and many patients have said that they didn’t like chiropractic because you have to keep going back. When doctors put patients on medicine for the rest of their life, does anybody criticise the doctors because they have to keep going back to get their scripts? So why then are chiropractors judged by a different measuring stick? Most people are actively engaged in doing something that contributed to their problem in the first place! So, if they go back to doing that which caused the problem in the first place, then, given time, the symptoms will return. It may be no fault of the individual, they may spend 8 hours every day peering into a computer screen causing neck pain. So if the physical stressors persist, the pain will most likely return. So just like when you take your car out on the road again after a service, it will begin to accumulate wear and tear again and need another service after 10 000 km’s. In the same manner, the human body generally needs a service once a month to maintain the gains made earlier on in treatment.

What to expect from my first visit to a chiropractor?

A thorough history and physical exam will be performed, and if necessary special tests may be ordered, which may include x-rays.

What to expect from the ROF (Report of Findings)?

The ROF, or report of findings is the second visit, where all the findings are collated and presented to you in a way that you can understand. At this point, you will be told what is going on, why you are experiencing the symptoms that you are. You will be given different treatment options, and a care plan will be presented. A care plan is the schedule of care that will be required to resolve the problem that you presented with. If you consent to care, treatment is commenced from the second visit and every visit thereafter.

What is the difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist?

Chiropractors spend 5 years at university learning how to examine, diagnose and treat neuro-musculoskeletal conditions.  However, because physiotherapists work in hospitals, a large part of their 4-year course is learning how to manage sick people in hospital wards, and only a fraction of their 4-year course is dedicated to neuro-musculoskeletal conditions.  Another main difference between chiropractors and physiotherapists is their approach to care.  Chiropractors will mostly use spinal adjustments, whereas physios will use joint mobilisation and rehabilitation.

Do I need a referral from GP?

Chiropractors are primary care practitioners and no referral is needed from any other medical professional.  With certain chronic diseases a GP can refer to allied health professionals for up to 5 visits via the enhanced primary care (EPC) program, these cost of these visits are covered by Medicare.

Can chiropractic prevent spinal surgery?

There are times when surgery may be the only option, and may be very successful.  But failure of conservative care must be a prerequisite for spinal surgery, or any surgery for that matter.  Conservative care includes any modality that does not involve surgery.  So, trying conservative care first is a must, because it is better to try and avoid surgery if possible, because sometimes after surgery the pain is still there, or it is worse.

What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Five years of university education in all the main science disciplines such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology, biomechanics, rehabilitation and diagnosis.  In addition to this study at university, Dr Crockett has done extensive training in different chiropractic techniques since leaving university, including Sacro occipital technique (SOT), applied kinesiology (AK), neural organisation technique (NOT) and the certified postural neurology (CPN) course.

Do health insurances cover chiropractic care?

Most of the major health insurers have allowances for chiropractic care, but there are large differences in the overall amount that will be paid annually, and each rebate differs depending on the level of cover.  If you have any questions regarding the amounts that your health provider will cover, you are best to call them directly.

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