What to expect

As with any medical professional, every Chiropractor has their own approach to treating patients.

I like to spend a considerable amount of time getting to know you, usually about an hour and a half at each of your first two appointments and no less than half an hour at any subsequent visit.

Your first appointment includes a lengthy consultation, case history, physical examination from head to toe, an x-ray referral if needed, and treatment if appropriate at that time. Your second appointment will primarily be me showing you any misalignments indicated in your x-rays and explaining to you how they may be causing your symptoms. We will also discuss what your options for care are and when to expect positive changes.

My primary focus is returning you to optimal health and so I focus on the cause, not just the symptoms. This is why I will check your full skeleton at each appointment, if needed.

Generally, I use the activator method of chiropractic adjustment through the use of a small hand-held instrument that delivers a gentle impulse to return the spine or joint to its proper place. I believe it is a gentler approach than the more traditional manual method.

Dr Carmen Hunwardsen using a Chiropractic Activator
Dr Carmen Hunwardsen using a Chiropractic Activator

The importance of spinal health

Dr Carmen HunwardsenEvery part of your body is under the influence of your nervous system and your nervous system is primarily housed in your spine. Improper function or alignment of the spine can cause poor health or function, even in areas far removed from the spine and spinal cord. These misalignments can also affect the body’s ability to adapt to its ever-changing environment and may alter the regular transmission of nerve impulses. This interference can manifest in nerve, joint and/or muscular problems.

Natural health care without drugs or surgery

Chiropractic is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct these misalignments and restore proper function to the nervous system thereby helping your body to heal naturally. Chiropractic doesn’t use drugs or surgery. It utilises safe, gentle and specific spinal adjustment to the part of the spinal segment allowing nerve transmission and assisting your body to recuperate on its own.

With opioid drug addictions and deaths at an all-time record high, even the UN has taken notice. And given the TGA warning of the detrimental health consequences of Ibuprofen and NSAID use, you should understand that using prescription drugs to treat pain is an extremely slippery slope and it’s becoming a world-wide epidemic. The number of patients I see who have been addicted to these drugs (and the many who are too ashamed to tell me) over the years is only growing. I urge you to utlise an alternative solution to alleviating pain! Know that you have a safe alternative in chiropractic care. Instead of masking pain, treat the source of the problem.

Why choose chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the method of natural healing most chosen by those seeking complementary or alternative health care for acute and chronic conditions.

Whilst many people first visit a chiropractor to relieve pain in the lower back or to treat sciatica, neck pain, whiplash or headaches, you will find that a chiropractor views you as a whole person and not the sum of your parts. A chiropractor will work in partnership with you to ensure your optimal health and wellness.

Chiropractors recognize that many factors affect your health, including exercise, nutrition, sleep, environment and genetic conditions. Chiropractic focuses on maintaining your health naturally to help your body resist disease, rather than simply treating the symptoms of disease.

There is no need to suffer any longer. Take a positive step in the right direction with your health. I look forward to helping you; book an appointment today via the Bookings button!