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F.A.Qs

Who do we see?

Anyone and everyone. Most patients present to Centered Health with functional illness, that is, a feeling of dis-ease (either physical, emotional, mental or structural) caused by an imbalance in the body.

The goal is to provide a holistic approach to support the patient in releasing their symptoms. The ultimate goal is to continue to educate and treat the patient to maintain a state of wellness and vitality.

Centered Health is a family-focused practice and everyone is family. We treat newborn babies right through to the elderly. No matter what age, everyone deserves the support to lead a more consciously, healthy life.

How long will it take to see results?

This is difficult to answer as everyone presents with different complaints, however, generally, we see adults 4-6 times and expect to start seeing some changes (depending on complaint) by the first to third treatment.

Children are generally seen 3-4 times and babies often only need 1-2 visits.

Patients visits are then gradually extended to wellness based visits.

Why should I continue coming after I feel better?

Chiropractic care is about wellness and not illness. We have been brought up in a society where we seek help only if there is a problem, but we must understand that a problem just doesn’t appear, it arises over time.

Our goal at Centered Health is for all of our patients to become wellness based patients so that through regular treatments (eg, two monthly for wellness-based patients) they can maintain a state of vitality and good health both physically, mentally and emotionally. Also so that patients can feel supported and empowered in their health goals.

What type of complaints do you see regularly?

Anything and everything. Patients present with hormonal issues, lack of energy, anxiety/depression, pain in the body, infertility, bowel issues, allergies – and the list goes on. We are happy to see any complaints and we will always give our honest opinion about whether we can make a difference.

What is functional biochemistry?

It is a tool used within Applied Kinesiology. Biochemical dysfunctions within the body are assessed with the help of isopathic ampoules. For example the energy production pathway can be assessed to see if a patient is struggling in that pathway, therefore, giving them symptoms. Where in this pathway they are struggling can then show us what the patient needs from a nutritional point of view to support the normal functioning of the pathway.

Functional biochemistry seeks to find the cause of dysfunction rather than just treating the symptom.

How are Chiropractors educated?

The Bachelor of Chiropractic degree requires five full-time years of study. The study is very extensive and includes anatomy, pathology, radiology, biochemistry, physiology and neurology. Chiropractic students are taught multiple different adjusting techniques which give us a wide range of tools from which to work.

Education does not stop after graduation, but rather is a continual process so that we keep up to date with health and what’s changing in the field.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a treatment technique whereby a fine filament needle is inserted into the myofascial trigger points (painful knots in the muscle), tendons, ligaments or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions. Dry needling releases the body’s natural pain relieving analgesics to decrease pain.

Does dry needling hurt?

We often get asked – will it hurt? For each person, dry needling feels different. You may experience a slight prick when the needle penetrates the skin or hardly feel it at all. As the needle gets closer to the trigger point one of two things will happen; either the patient may report some recreation of their pain and they feel an ache, or they won’t feel anything. This ache may refer to other areas of the body. One or more twitches – which is an involuntary contraction of the muscle – may be felt as the needle meets the trigger point. Dry needling can leave your muscles a little tender and sore. You may experience tenderness 24-48 hours after treatment.

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Dry needling involves inserting fine sterile needles into trigger zones of the body or irritated muscle tissue. The main purpose is to relieve muscular pain & myofascial dysfunction by deactivating the trigger points of muscle cells, altering the pain-producing biochemicals and stimulating the healing response.

Acupuncture is a traditional chines method of healing that involves the flow of Chi. They insert fine sterile needles along strategic places in the body in order to restore the original pathway of the chi. It provides pain relief by creating balance in the energy levels of the body.

Other Questions

Do you cover ACC?

Yes, Centered Health is ACC registered and happy to help with any of your accident-related injuries.

Do I need a referral?

No, you can refer yourself.

How much does it cost?

An initial consultation is $160. This appointment is half an hour long in which a detailed health history is taken, current medications are reviewed, an examination is undertaken, nutritional deficiencies are assessed and treatment is given.

Any primary aged school children of current patients wishing to have an initial consultation will be seen for $80 in an appointment time less than half an hour.

Follow up consultations are $80 for a 15-minute appointment.

What is your cancellation policy?

We do understand there may be circumstances when you may be unable to keep your appointment. We ask that you give us 24 hours notice of the cancellation or rescheduling of an appointment.

It is our policy to charge $40 for all missed appointments or appointments that are not cancelled or rescheduled 24 hours prior to the appointment time. This is in consideration to other patients waiting to get appointments.

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