The benefits of visiting a chiropractor are well known. The best chiropractors can help relieve back and neck pain as well as aid in the injury recovery process, or post-surgery rehabilitation.
While there is no shortage of chiropractors in Canberra, finding a good one can be tricky. At the end of the day, you only want the very best when dealing with your health and well-being!
That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the key traits you should look for in a great chiropractor, as well as a handy guide to some of Canberra’s best.
What makes a great chiropractor?
To help you discover a top-quality chiropractor in Canberra, here is a list of some of the most important traits to keep an eye out for:
- Expert knowledge. The top practitioners are able to explain ailments and find long-term solutions for their clients. In other words, they know the ins and outs of the practice.
- Experience. Practice makes perfect, right? Look for a chiropractor with years of experience and a proven track record for real results.
- Effective. If you’re dealing with pain or an injury, it is vital that the treatments performed or prescribed by your chiropractor are effective.
- Understanding. The best chiropractors always ask their patients questions and take the time to get to know them. On the other hand, it is best to avoid chiropractors that simply come in, work their magic, and schedule the next session as they are not necessarily invested in resolving the issue.
The best chiropractors in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Canberra Chiropractic has been serving the Canberra community since 1958. Specialising in management of lower back pain (including disc injuries), sciatica, neck and arm pain, headaches and dizziness and sports injuries, they’ve stood the test of time.
One loyal customer, Robyn East, left this Google review for Canberra Chiropractic, “I have been going to Dr. Ben for 18 years and have received nothing but first class care in all that time. The people at the clinic are kind and caring and have become friends…”
This Macquarie-based family chiropractic centre regularly work with pregnant mums, babies and children, as well as patients suffering from disc injury and degeneration. They also have an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner who specialises in fertility, pregnancy and women’s health.
Khan G reviewed them on Google, saying, “Suzzie Craig at synergy is amazing with soft and kind nature, would recommend it to all out there.”
A clinic in O’Connor which provides a range of treatments for chiropractic issues, chronic headaches, neck pain, scoliosis and stress with a focus on relief, corrective and wellness care.
Florencio Vong wrote the following Google review for Canberra Spine Centre, writing, “I have been getting treatment from Stacey for over half a year now and have seen significant improvement in my lower back. I have also notice improvement in my general health, mood and up lifted my energy level. Recommend!”
Operating since 2002 with clinics in both Pearce and Palmerston, they use a combination of Diversified, SOT, Activator and Drop Piece techniques to treat all types of clients. They also provide osteopathy and massage therapy services.
As Lauren Morris writes in their Google review, “Love the service and the staffing. Mark has been working with me for months now and every time I go there I feel so much better walking out.”
This Chifley-based clinic led by Chiropractor Dr Kathy Knight was established in 2005 and adopts a holistic approach to health. In addition to practicing SOT, Thompson, Activator and NET adjustment techniques for adults, they also provide gentle, low-force techniques for infants and young children.
Jarrod Robinson gave them a review on Google commenting, “I experience reasonably severe pain in my back and neck from time to time. Universal chiropractic successfully relieve these symptoms… I highly recommended them.”
Your experience with chiropractors in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractors diagnose, treat and prevent mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.
Spinal manipulation is the main treatment used by chiropractors, and involves using the hands to move a joint beyond its usual range of motion. Manual pressure is applied to the spine using different techniques, and some movements may give an audible crack or pop. The treatment can be excellent for relieving back and neck pain, and headaches.
How often should I see a chiropractor?
This depends on the condition that you are trying to treat. If you're only looking to relieve a headache or some minor pain, you might only need one session. However, to treat chronic pain or a slipped disc, for example, you will need multiple sessions. Talk to your chiropractor and see what they recommend for your situation.
What is the difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist?
Chiropractors and physiotherapists can both be consulted on and treat very similar issues, however their techniques are quite different. While chiropractors manipulate the spine and limbs to treat patients, physiotherapists use mobilisation and rehabilitation exercises.
Can I get hurt while seeing a chiropractor?
While getting a chiropractic adjustment, you might feel some very brief discomfort. However, the practice is very safe and always conducted by professionals, and in the long term it is very, very unlikely that you will suffer any negative side effects.
Can I see a chiropractor while I'm pregnant?
Absolutely! Regular chiropractic treatment can be an excellent way to manage pain in your back, hips and joints, as well as establish balance in your pelvic floor. If you're unsure, talk to your doctor before seeing a chiropractor.