Chiropractic is a primary contact health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health.
Before treatment is provided, we’ll complete a thorough assessment to determine the best treatment option for your symptoms.
The range of treatment options available includes spinal and or extremity joint manipulation, spinal and or extremity joint mobilisation, soft tissue therapy (such as massage, stretching and taping), electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat and cold therapy, traction, flexion-distraction, supervised rehabilitation exercise programs, home exercises, advice, and referral to appropriate healthcare professionals for further investigations or co-management as required.
What to expect
When you visit our clinic, your case will be managed by a final (fifth) year chiropractic student clinician under the careful supervision of a registered chiropractor.
The number of consultations you need will depend on the treatment and management plan that is recommended for you. Patients with ongoing problems may require more visits. This can be discussed with your student clinician. If you have any issues with payment please advise the student clinician.
Appointment times will vary depending on the type of consultation:
Your first consultation
During your initial consultation your clinicians will conduct a thorough assessment of your condition and symptoms, including gathering information about your day-to-day activities, health history and any previous injuries. A typical examination includes vital signs (e.g. temperature and blood pressure), orthopaedic evaluation of relevant areas, and regional examinations (e.g. eyes, ears, nose and throat) as required.
Your first consultation will be focused on collecting all the relevant information to form an individualised treatment plan. To ensure you get the best possible management of your condition, treatment is not routinely provided on your first visit. This allows the student clinician to research and prepare your case with a supervisor.
After your initial consultation, your student clinician will recommend when to book your follow up appointment and will develop a comprehensive management plan that is tailored to your situation.
At your second consult, you will be taken through your recommended treatment and management plan, and receive personalised care. Each subsequent consultation will involve a discussion on how you are progressing, an examination, and treatment in line with your management plan.
You’ll also receive guidance to assist with your day-to-day life, which may include home-care activities, stretches, exercises, ergonomics or necessary activity modification.
During the course of your care, reviews will be performed by your student clinician and their supervisor to monitor your progress and ensure that you are receiving the best possible care.
Frequently asked questions
About chiropractic treatment
What is chiropractic manipulation?
Chiropractic manipulation (also known as ‘adjustment’) is a treatment method provided by chiropractors to help restore joint function and mobility. The manipulation involves the application of quick movement of the joint in a safe position to encourage normal range of motion.
Your chiropractor may recommend this as a component of your treatment and management, but only when safe and appropriate, and will explain the treatment to you in detail before proceeding. Chiropractic manipulation is only one of multiple therapeutic interventions available in the treatment plan. While chiropractors often provide manipulations, other treatment methods are often appropriate and may be preferred by the patient including; advice, exercises, soft tissue therapy, electric modalities, taping and sometimes referral to other practitioners.
I have a new condition, can a chiro treat it?
Chiropractors take care of people with a range of conditions, mainly involving the musculoskeletal systems and joints. If you’ve previously visited the clinic for a different condition, and would like to book another appointment to discuss a new condition, please make our reception staff aware so they can book a long enough appointment time for a new assessment. A new problem requires a case review appointment so that it can be thoroughly evaluated and your management plan can be updated accordingly.
Can chiropractic treatments help conditions of the organs or increase my immunity?
There is currently no good evidence to suggest that spinal manipulation has any effect on the immune system or systemic (organ) disease. As is the case for all healthcare providers, non-musculoskeletal conditions may be identified as a part of a clinical encounter with patients at Murdoch University Chiropractic Clinic. If a non-musculoskeletal health concern is identified during your consultation you will be referred to your medical practitioner for further evaluation and appropriate management.
Can chiropractic treatments help conditions such as ear infection, bed wetting, asthma or autism in children?
There is no good evidence of this at this time.
Can chiropractic treatments help infant colic?
Currently the research available is conflicted which does not allow us to offer a definitive opinion.
About our clinic
What happens when the student I was seeing leaves?
At the end of each year, the current cohort of students graduate and will transfer your care to the incoming cohort of students so that you are able to continue your care. Because your records are retained at the clinic and the supervisors overseeing your case are consistent, you are able to receive the same treatment that was provided by the previous student clinician.
Do I have to go through the whole initial consultation again when I come back?
If you are returning to the clinic for an existing condition you many not require a new assessment, depending on how long it’s been since your last appointment and whether you book the same clinician.
If you are returning to the clinic for a new condition, you’ll need a case review appointment to ensure a thorough assessment.
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.
Do infants receive manipulation treatments at Murdoch University?
Although musculoskeletal conditions do occur in infants and children, the chiropractic program at Murdoch University does not teach or advocate for the use of manipulation (high velocity low amplitude thrust manual therapies) in the care of infants. However, students get taught about the assessment of common musculoskeletal conditions of childhood and the use of evidence based interventions for these conditions when they do present in clinical practice.
We welcome your feedback
We value your opinion, and encourage your feedback. Patient feedback forms are available at Clinic Reception. Alternately, you are welcome to contact:
Murdoch University Chiropractic Clinic Director