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The experts of spinal adjustment in New Plymouth

Caring for your spine is essential. You rely heavily on correct spinal alignment and function for your everyday wellbeing. When your spine is out of alignment it can not funtion correctly, which can cause a myriad of problems including headaches, problems growing, chronic pain, decreased mobility and even incapacitation.

If you're experiencing symptoms that could be related to spinal alignment and function, call New Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic in New Plymouth to book for a spinal adjustment today.
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What We Do

At New Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic we apply years of education and experience in Chiropractic care to the expert specialized treatment of conditions ranging from headaches to whiplash and neck pain, scoliosis, low back pain, sciatica, and extremity joint, (upper and lower limb), problems.

Because the effectiveness of Chiropractic comes from an exacting analysis, when you initially come to us we ask that you allow 90 minutes of your time to full out our comprehensive health survey of your previous health conditions and current problem(s), for us to talk through your presenting complaints and history, for a physical examination, for any x-rays if they are considered necessary, and a discussion of what we can conclude about your problems.   

If you have any previous x-rays, CT or MRI scans, medical reports, current medications, etc., please bring them with you if you can.

If we consider your problems are likely to be helped with chiropractic care we will offer that, and discuss what you may expect from that care, time frames, etc. If, however, we consider that your problems would be best served by another health professional we will assist you to that service. Chiropractors are trained to identify health conditions that require medical referral and follow up.

New Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic is very much an acute care musculoskeletal based practice, which means that we attend to that problem that is giving you pain from the joint, nerve, muscle, tendon, ligament, etc., (the cause), and restore function to alleviate your pain. Note that it is very seldom that a joint is “out of position” that causes spinal problems, but rather a loss of function of the joint, which in turn affects the neighbouring soft tissues and nerves.

Because of our emphasis on acute care cases we specialize in sports and work injuries as well as falls, etc. from all walks of life, and, as such, we deal with all ages (from 0 to 99!) in New Plymouth.

For further follow-up appointments we ask that you allow 30 minutes for us to assess your progress and current status and provide treatment. Since we recognize that no two people respond exactly the same to even apparently identical problems, we will not give you a pre-arranged programme of treatment to follow, but we will assess your problem at each consultation because no two people are the same, - we have different needs, different lifestyles, and different bodies!

Therefore it is also very important that you tell us what you experience with your Chiropractic treatment so that we can modify and fine tune your treatment to suit you individually and enhance the maximum results that you can achieve from Chiropractic.

Of course many patients decide that they wish to have maintenance care of their newfound function and freedom and find that 3, 4, or 6 monthly care, (depending on the condition of their spine), maintains their spinal function, strength and integrity. That is entirely your choice. We are more than happy to provide short-term care for short-term solutions, or long-term care for long-term results! If you maintain your teeth, then it only makes sense that you should maintain your spine, as, if you don’t you can get dentures, but you can’t get a false spine! At New Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic, we see the results of many poorly maintained spines, but we also see the difference that a little “spine care” maintenance from our spinal adjustment treatments can make!
Chiropractors at our clinic in New Plymouth

X-Rays Available

At New Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic we have our own modern X-ray suite available as Dr Haldane is qualified to take and read x-ray films. X-ray investigations are only performed when clinically indicated, as are all the examination procedures, tests and any further investigations performed at our clinic, or ordered from outside our clinic.

X-ray is treated like any other investigation/examination at New Plymouth Chiropractic clinic in that we have no “routines”. What we do is determined by what you tell us, and what we find along the way. Therefore whether or not we need any x-rays, and how many, to determine the cause of your problems, will be discussed with you at the time.

If X-rays are required it is certainly very convenient, (especially with acute cases), to be able to do them immediately within the clinic, and they are developed immediately by our modern automatic processor, meaning there is no delay in forming an accurate diagnosis and starting treatment immediately if that is appropriate.

We do however put huge emphasis on taking the time to make a thorough informed diagnosis before we consider what treatment may or may not be appropriate for you.

To hold a licence to take X-rays in New Zealand is governed by the National Radiation Laboratory, and restricted to duly qualified practitioners.

All Ages

These days Chiropractic is endorsed by elite athletes seeking optimal performance, and used by all ages from 0 to 99! No matter your age or condition, there is a Chiropractic technique that can restore function in your spine and extremity joints, utilizing very gentle methods where indicated. Even patients with osteoporosis can experience significant results from Chiropractic care.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy results in rapid growth, ligament laxity and changes in weight bearing, which very frequently results in mechanical back pain. Chiropractic is safe for all stages of pregnancy as modified techniques are used to ensure patient comfort. A properly functioning low back and pelvis is essential for a normal delivery!

Babies and Infants

The first trauma the spine is subjected to is the birth process, followed by numerous childhood falls and injuries. Colic, unexplained crying, poor appetite, breathing problems, allergic reactions, bed wetting, learning difficulties and recurring infections can often be traced back to a compromised nervous system. Specialised minimal force adjusting techniques are used for babies and infants. 

Scoliosis, (a sideways curvature of the spine), often starts in childhood and is usually of no known cause. However early detection and appropriate care really helps the developing spine, so school children should be checked, and symptoms not dismissed as “growing pains”.

Chiropractic care can help ensure that young bodies continue to mature safely, and that older bodies maintain maximum mobility for the rest of their lives

A recent Swedish study showed that Chiropractic patients expressed other positive reactions such as easier breathing, improved eyesight or hearing, better digestion, and positive changes in heart rate and/or blood pressure.
Spinal adjustment consultations for the whole family in New Plymouth

ACC

Chiropractic has been recognised by ACC since 1975, and Dr Haldane is registered with ACC and will claim the ACC portion of your treatment costs directly from ACC should your injury be as a result of accident. You do not need a referral to us to be covered by ACC in cases of injury by accident, - we will do the paper work for you!

Fees

Payment at consultation.

Initial Consultation (plus X-rays if required):          $125
Follow-up Consultation:                                            $60
Students 18 years & under:                                      $52
Children 12 years & under:                                       $48
Appointments booked for longer times incur an extra charge.

If your case qualifies for ACC coverage the Follow-up Consultation fees are reduced accordingly.

NZ Royal Commission of Inquiry

The NZ Royal Commission of Inquiry found:
  • Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts specialising in the correction by spinal manual therapy of what chiropractors identify as biomechanical disorders of the spinal column. They carry out spinal diagnosis and therapy at a sophisticated and refined level.
  • Chiropractors are the only health practitioners who are necessarily equipped by their education and training to carry out spinal manual therapy.
  • Spinal manual therapy in the hands of a registered Chiropractor is safe.
  • Spinal manual therapy can be effective in relieving musculo-skeletal symptoms such as back pain, and other symptoms known to respond to such therapy, such as migraine.
  • Chiropractors should, in the public interest, be accepted as partners in the general health care system. No other health professional is as well qualified by his general training to carry out diagnosis for spinal mechanical dysfunction or to perform spinal manual therapy.
  • The responsibility for spinal manual therapy training, because of its specialized nature should lie with the Chiropractic profession. Part-time or vacation courses in spinal manual therapy for other health professionals should not be encouraged.
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