Most frequent questions and answers
Chiropractic is based on the knowledge that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism.
Tension, misalignments and areas where the spine is fixated, “locked up”, or not allowing normal movement interfere with the flow of information and energy along the nerves and throughout the body’s communication system.
This reduces your body’s ability to be efficient, adapt to and co-ordinate its functions as well as heal itself in times of stress and injury.
Over time; poor spine and nervous system function can have damaging effects on your overall health and wellbeing.
Different practitioners use different approaches when it comes to healthcare.
Chiropractic care is conservative and aimed at improving function to your spine, brain and nervous system for healthy living and good brain balance.
Healthy brain development is essential for healthy movement and learning, particularly in children.
A Chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific pressure or light force in a precise direction, applied to a joint or area that is fixated, “locked up”, or not working properly. This may include the use of relaxing cranial-dural techniques on the skull and sacral area. This results in improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved overall health and sense of well-being.
There are many ways to adjust the spine. Dr Michelle Scholten most often uses a light pressure and movement by hand to restore function to an area of fixation. Alternately a specially designed instrument called an ‘activator’ may be used to deliver the adjustment. An adjustment rarely causes pain.
After years of university training and clinical experience, Dr Michelle Scholten is highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of very specific adjusting approaches that are tailored to your individual health needs. These vary according to patients age, health and presenting complaint.
Chiropractic has an enviable safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.1
In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.2
1 Chiropractic in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry. (1979). Hasselberg PD, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand
2 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
Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle and other childhood activities where falls and collisions are frequent can cause spinal health related problems. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic check-ups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults.
Chiropractors who see babies and children will use different techniques compared to those used in the treatment of an adult. Children are not ‘mini adults’ and need to be cared for accordingly. A much more gentle and calming approach is used with a child or baby.
Dr Michelle does not use manipulation in the care of Children.
Dr Michelle Scholten uses passive cranio-dural release techniques and gentle mobilisations. Most children are quite relaxed during treatment and some enjoy the calming effects of massage and light pressure movements. Home care exercises are often prescribed to plasticise and promote healthy development and new brain pathways.
Dr Michelle Scholten has postgraduate education in the care of children and their development and can evaluate your child carefully. Some children present with retained primitive reflexes. See below for an explanation of how Dr Michelle can help
Primitive reflexes are reflexes that we are born with. They help us to survive the birth process and the early months of life in the world. These reflexes are expected to integrate or disappear as the higher brain develops and we evolve as a human being. When these reflexes do not integrate or ‘disappear’ on time as expected by the age of approximately 12 months; the child’s more advanced development and attainment of childhood milestones may be interrupted. This may result in delayed asymmetrical or the absence of normal developmental movement patterns.
An asymmetrical crawling style, late walking, poor feeding or extreme food fussiness may suggest that a child has retained primitive reflexes or abnormal development. Persistence of retained primitive reflexes may lead to inefficient processing of sensory information by the brain and a resultant slower less coordinated and efficient motor pattern for the child; i.e. poor co-ordination and movement.
Dr Michelle Scholten is experienced in the assessment and the exercise therapy involved in the management of retained primitive reflexes and focuses on getting your child back on track with their age-appropriate development and learning using leading-edge techniques incorporating neuroplasticity and brain training.
Neuroplasticity is a “buzzword’ often passed around amongst psychologists and neuroscientists to describe the brain’s ability to be changed. That is; you are not ‘stuck with the brain that you were born with’, and the brain can be changed to help overcome limiting conditions.
Neuroplasticity makes your brain extremely resilient and is the process by which all permanent learning takes place in your brain, such as playing a musical instrument or mastering a different language.
Neuroplasticity also enables people to recover from stroke, injury, and birth abnormalities, overcome autism, ADD and ADHD, learning disabilities and other brain deficits, pull out of depression and addictions, and reverse obsessive-compulsive patterns.
This has exciting ramifications for all of us, but particularly for children who are struggling with learning problems, co-ordination and movement problems like excessive clumsiness or poor hand-eye co-ordination or even just an inability to concentrate for long periods in the classroom to keep up with their classmates.
The research is telling us that with frequent, specific goal-oriented activity such as brain exercises, mindfulness and breathing and meditation, we can improve areas of brain weakness.
In Australia, Chiropractors are required to adhere to strict and extensive initial and ongoing annual educational requirements in order to meet the government body; AHPRA’s standards of care.
Australian chiropractors need to complete a five-year university double degree/master’s program incorporating studies in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, neurology, orthopaedics, radiology and biomechanics.
Dr Michelle Scholten also previously worked as a registered nurse in Intensive Care for many years and holds a degree in Education.
Chiropractic considers the body as a whole system that needs to work efficiently together; i.e. chiropractic is a holistic therapy. Chiropractic particularly addresses the spine and nervous system as the foundation of health and problems that may arise.
The Spine and the pelvis form the main stabilising foundation and structure of our body and the nervous system and the brain are responsible for communication between these different parts of the body so that your body can work together like a ‘finely tuned orchestra’.
First consultations cost. $80-120 depending on your concession status.
(this first visit involves initial assessment and treatment and takes approximately 30-45 minutes)
Subsequent visits cost $60-80 (subsequent visits last approximately 15-30 minutes)
Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners; therefore a GP referral is not necessary.
However, more and more GP’s are referring to Chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC).
You can ask your GP for a referral for EPC Medicare visits which may entitle you to 5 visits at no cost to you.