School of Health Professions

About your treatment and FAQ's

Although most people associate chiropractic care with just the treatment of back pain, our final (5th) year students, under the supervision of registered chiropractors, offer treatment for the following:
• Neck related headache
• Neck Pain
• Back Pain
• Spine related leg or arm pain
• Some cases of pain and stiffness related to osteoarthritis
• Injuries related to sporting, workplace or other accidental injuries


The range of treatment options available at Murdoch University Chiropractic Clinic that are used in the development of a management plan for your condition includes:
• Spinal and/ or limb manipulation.
• Spinal and/ or limb mobilization.
• Soft Tissue Therapy (e.g. Massage, including cross friction and stretching).
• Electrical Stimulation, such as Interferential and TENS, Ultrasound, and Heat or Cold therapy.
• Traction and limited traction device known as flexion distraction.
• Active Care (Supervised Rehabilitation Exercise Programs, Home Exercises).
• Physical rehabilitation and advice.
• Referral to appropriate healthcare professionals for further investigations or co management as deemed appropriate.


A chiropractic joint manipulation (also known as an adjustment) is often a component of your management. It is only suggested when appropriate. A chiropractic manipulation is the application of a fast and short force to a discrete joint in order to encourage normal motion. A useful effect of manipulation is that it is often known to reduce muscle spasm and alleviate associated pain. The history of manipulation goes back centuries and today the modern Murdoch trained chiropractor has training to refine the skills necessary to carry out manipulation in a safe and where possible, effective manner.


Does the treatment hurt?
Some of the treatments may cause some mild pain however, this pain is usually short lived and well worth the discomfort. The senior student will discuss this issue during your consultation.

Will I need an X-ray?

Only about one in every five or six patients will be advised to have an x-ray. Some patients will be referred out for other imaging such as MRI or a soft tissue (muscle) ultrasound when necessary.

How many treatments will I need?
This differs with your current problem. It may be as little as two visits or up to ten. On occasions patients with ongoing problems may require more treatment. This can be discussed with the senior student. If you have any issues with payment please advise the student.

Can chiropractic cure conditions of the organs or increase my immunity?

In short the answer is no. There is no good evidence of chiropractic being able to achieve this.

Can chiropractic cure childhood illnesses such as ear infection, bed wetting, asthma or autism?

Can chiropractic cure infant colic?

Currently the research available is conflicting which does not allow us to offer a valued opinion.

Should I immunise my children?
Yes, immunisation is a cornerstone of public health. Do this in conjunction with your GP. Further, discuss your own immunisation status with your GP.

Will my infant receive manipulation at Murdoch University?
Manipulation of infants is not taught or advocated at Murdoch University. However, students learn the milestones of growth, common musculo-skeletal conditions of childhood and gentle evidence based therapies for minor confirmed conditions such as a tight neck. Musculo-skeletal conditions in infants are uncommon as babies are delivered with mostly pristine spines.

Will I be told I have subluxations (bone out of place)?

No, unless you actually have a vertebra (bone in the spine) that has actually shifted and is visible on an x-ray or other imaging. This phenomenon does occur and is usually associated with a defect in the vertebra that allows it to shift a little off its base. These defects are often congenital and are there from infancy. On other occasions subluxation can occur when there is significant degeneration (wear and tear) between the vertebrae and this sometimes allows one vertebra to shift on the other. Regardless, these subluxations are not usually a serious threat to health. Some chiropractors use the word more freely to represent spinal malfunction that has a plethora of definitions. This definition of subluxation lacks scientific evidence. At Murdoch we do not teach or use the word subluxation in that sense except as a possible theoretical entity that may warrant research. The broad use of the term subluxation has historically contributed to a breakdown in communication between chiropractors and other medical and allied health professions.

Will a chiropractic “technique system” be used on me during my consultation?
Murdoch University does not teach any of the named chiropractic technique systems or therapies such as Applied Kinesiology, Sacro-occipital technique, Activator methods®, Functional Neurology or Gonstead analysis, and they are not used in the Clinic. You will be evaluated by having your medical history taken, then examined using standard physical examination procedures, including orthopaedic and neurological testing. Treatments commonly used are seen above in the answer to the question: What treatment options are available?