Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a form of health care concerned with the relationship between the spine and pelvis (structure) and the nervous system (function). You may have heard the phrase 'structure governs function' meaning if the structure of the body is not optimal, functioning of the body will not be optimal.


Chiropractic philosophy is based on the scientific premise that your body is a self-regulating and self-healing organism with chiropractic simply removing any interference that can stop your body from regulating and healing.

Is chiropractic care safe?

Yes, chiropractic care is safe. It is widely accepted and used as a form of health care by many in the community. Each week, approximately 200,000 Australians visit their local Doctor of Chiropractic (Chiropractors' Association of Australia). Most health care funds cover chiropractic care for injury and rehabilitation.


The New Zealand Government’s Inquiry commented that chiropractic care is 'remarkably safe'.* Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.

In relation to neck and back pain treatment, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.**

Commonly treated symptoms

Chiropractic care is safe, effective and proven for commonly treated symptoms including, but not limited to:

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What does a chiropractor do?

Chiropractors are spinal health care professionals. Chiropractors identify and work to correct misalignments in your structure, improve spinal and hip biomechanics and improve nervous system functioning. The chiropractic adjustment is unique to the profession of chiropractic. It involves the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a fixated joint. The purpose of the adjustment is to improve spinal function, improve nervous system function and improve health.

Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?

Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners therefore a referral is not required. GP's can refer certain patients to chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC).

What qualifications do chiropractors need?

In Australia chiropractors are five year university trained (at an accredited university) and are government registered and regulated health professionals. To become registered in Australia chiropractors must adhere to strict and comprehensive educational standards. A chiropractic degree program typically includes a three year undergraduate program combined with a two year Masters of Chiropractic graduate program.

Further info

Am I too old for chiropractic?

Many patients receive chiropractic care well into their senior years. Adjustments help keep the spine mobile and prevent worsening posture and disc degeneration. With recent concern over life-time dependence on prescription medications and their long term side effects, chiropractic offers a natural, safe and effective treatment alternative for many health complaints. Adjustment technique is modified to suit your comfort levels and health.

How long will I have to see a chiropractor for?

The longer you put off seeking treatment for spinal problems, the longer it may take to treat and correct the issue. Some health complaints require a minimal amount of treatment, others require medium to long term corrective care. Many patients stay on top of their health with infrequent checkups and adjustments.

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If you're serious about improving your health and addressing your health complaints, please call or email the team at New World Chiro today. We are happy to discuss your case with you and answer any questions you may have.


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  • * Chiropractic in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry. (1979). Hasselberg PD, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • ** Dabbs, V., & Lauretti, W.J. (1995). A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation vs NSAIDs for the Treatment of Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 18(8), 530-536