Any Questions? – Silky Oak Chiropractic – Carindale

Question about Services

How much does it cost?

The fees are as follows:

First Appointment – $80

This includes a history, exam and treatment on the day. There may be times I opt not to adjust on the initial visit and may send you for x-rays or further tests.

Standard Appointment – $55

Family Rates:

Standard Family Appointment – $100
* see Family Rates page for more information

Chiro2 Your Door – Home Visits / Mobile Chiropractic:

New Patient Appointment – $120

Standard appointment – $80

Travel fee of $30 per 15 min is charged.

Are there any discounted rates?


For families:

Standard Appointment: $100 for the family (up to 5 people) at the same appointment once they have all done the First Appointment*

Concession rates for card holders only – 10% discount.*

For companies, corporate rates can be discussed further.

* Applies to in office visits only (32 Silky Oak Crescent Carindale), excludes Home Visit / Mobile Chiropractic, by appointment only, members of the same direct family, parents and children. Please see page – Family Rates for more information.

Can I claim from my heath fund?

If you qualify for Chiropractic on your health fund, then yes.

How much they pay depends on your plan and limits.

We do have Hicaps available, so you can claim on the spot.

You will also receive an invoice you can use to claim if need be.

Do you have Hicaps or eftpos?

Yes we do, so no need to bring cash.

You will be able to claim on the spot if you qualify and pay via card.

Do I need a referral from the GP?


Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners therefore a referral is not necessary.

However more and more GP’s are referring to Chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC). In this situation Medicare will cover 5 sessions and we would recommend you consider it if you are suffering from chronic conditions. You will need to consult a GP first in this situation. Payment in this situation would be you pay me first and then claim it back.

For DVA patients, please get a GP referral.

What happens during the First Appointment?

The goal of the first visit is to discuss your health goals and assess where you are.

I do a case history and examination.

From there I can discuss options and will receive your first treatment.

Further tests may be necessary and would be discussed if need be.

What happens during a Standard Appointment?

At a Standard Appointment, I will follow up on your previous appointment and go through any changes. If indicated, some of the tests done before will be repeated. Then you will receive your treatment.

Each person has individual goals and the treatment will be unique based on your goals with care and what I find upon examination.

Treatment usually include spinal adjustments and soft tissue work. It may include stretching, dry needling, strapping and other techniques.

Depending on the care plan we discussed, there will be reassessments done from time to time.

What should I wear?

I will take care of you in the clothes you are in.

However any bulky clothing, such as a heavy winter jacket or thick jumper may need to be removed. In the case of dry needling, please wear a singlet or something similar that exposes the shoulders.

Question about Chiropractic

Is Chiropractic Care safe?

In the words of the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry, 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.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

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

The goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to improve the function of the nervous system. It is a specific force in a specific direction applied to specific joints to improve function. This removes interference to the nerves and frees up the joints.

There are many ways to adjust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant or indirect pressure.
After years of university training and clinical experience, each chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

Is Chiropractic Care appropriate for children?

Kids need chiropractors ‘cause their kids.

Significant trauma can occur at birth and many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems.

The average 5 year old has had over 2000 falls and a number of them can be considered serious.

While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child’s spine, skull, pelvis and extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor.

How often do little ones complaints get brushed off? I have seen teenagers complaining of back pain for years.

Regular chiropractic checkups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies.

Dr Jan Jones has done additional training in Paediatrics through Kiro Kids.

Am I too old for Chiropractic Care?

More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.

Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process.

Often we can help reduce the effects of aging on the body by improving function and lifestyle.

The adjusting techniques are modified for maximum comfort and results.

For how long do I need Chiropractic Care?

It all depends on your goals with care.

Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.

Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health.

Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time consuming, chiropractors stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

Do Chiropractic Adjustments hurt?

Adjustments are rarely painful. If it feels like it is going to hurt please tell us.

In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing.

With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as spinal movement is restored, such as when a wet glass is removed from a table. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children.

Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.

What results can I expect?

Results vary from person to person, but most people can expect some benefits soon after beginning care and for these to consolidate further as therapy continues. Statistically too, research shows that Chiropractic care is more effective and economical and also gives longer lasting results for disorders of the spine than other forms of health care. 3 4 5

3 Meade TW, Dyer S, Browne W, Townsend J, Frank AO. (1990) Low Back Pain of Mechanical Origin: Randomised Comparison of Chiropractic and Hospital Outpatient Treatment. The British Medical Journal 300: 1431-7
4 Manga P, Angus D et al (1993) The Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain. Pran Manga and Associates, University of Ottawa, Canada.
5 Shekelle PG, Adams AH, Chassin MR et al. (1991) AHThe Appropriateness of Spinal Manipulation for Low-Back Pain: Indications and Ratings by a Multidisciplinary Panel. Santa Monida, Calif: RAND Copr, 1991

What is the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?

In understanding the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy, we recommend referring to the definition of each practice.

Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The practice of Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

Physiotherapy, as described by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, “uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness.”

Each individual is different and must make their own choice about the most appropriate method of care for them. We believe Chiropractic, with its central focus on the spine, nervous system and their impact on entire body provides a health care option that can help manage pain as well as assist in achieving optimal well-being.

* The questions and answers about Chiropractic are from the
Chiropractic Association on Australia.