What does Spinewave do?
What does the initial consult involve?
Do you take X rays?
What is the Spinewave Base Program?
Will it hurt?
What will it cost?
Are you ACC registered?
Can I call outside Spinewave hours?
Do you work outside Spinewave hours?
What if I’m from out of town?
Spinewave is an integrated system of health care, based on chiropractic principles, addressing brain and spine to correct functional problems, or simply keep well people healthy. This is achieved through specific, non-invasive neurological applications.
Functional problems frequently seen at Spinewave include common aches and pains or more challenging issues such as movement disorders – Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, essential tremor; mood disorders – anxiety, depression; balance disorders – vertigo, dizziness, falls; chronic pain syndromes – complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia; developmental disorders – autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia; and autonomic disorders – high blood pressure, hypersensitivities, psoriasis, hot/cold disturbance, irritable bowel syndrome.
The initial consult involves a thorough discussion of your problems and health goals. In this 40 minute assessment, one of the aims is to gain an understanding of the various issues, how your health history links to them, and how we can structure a logical way forward.
The exam portion involves a full neurological and spinal evaluation, directed largely by the aforementioned discussion. So this will include, where appropriate, assessment of vital statistics (e.g. blood pressure); cranial nerve function (e.g. head/ears/eyes); sensory and motor function (e.g. numbness, tingling or loss of strength); cerebellar and vestibular screening (i.e. balance and co-ordination); assessment of limbs and joints; upper cervical (or upper neck) pattern analysis; and thermographic and heart rate variability recordings.
In certain cases X rays or other imaging like ultrasound or MRI are recommended – but not as a routine procedure. X rays can be taken for safety reasons if there is suspicion of underlying disease, fracture, or gross abnormality, but for the most part X ray gives a visual representation of structure. While this is valuable, usually people’s problems begin functionally. See more in Technology.
The Spinewave Base Program is designed around research evidencing how long it takes to restore appropriate brain and nerve function so you may progress to the level of “functional fitness” and health you desire. Largely its goal is to get you stable, happy and comfortable depending the nature of the problem. Mental, systemic, organic, neurological or immune type challenges present differently to musculoskeletal problems.
The Spinewave Base Program is a finite period of time where we work with you to achieve the goals set out on day one. At the end of this program, you may choose whether you would like to continue with care based on the benefits and outcomes, or not.
No. Specific upper cervical adjusting is not painful at all and does not involve manipulation. At Spinewave we utilise a number of different techniques to best serve the client, ranging from the classic dynamic thrust to light contacts; to homoeopathy, craniosacral therapy and Network Spinal Analysis, to name a few. Techniques will vary upon age and stage of the individual.
Care plans are individually tailored for each person based on his or her needs. The family plan includes half price for children if one parent is actively under care. Discounts are available for students and beneficiaries. For further enquiries, please contact us.
Yes. Feel free to call or email outside office hours any time and someone should be able to respond in a timely manner.
Yes. We are always happy to accommodate people where we can. If you’re new to the practice, please contact us to find a suitable time to chat or be assessed fully.
We have had many people visit us from all over New Zealand. In this instance, it is best to get in touch with us and discuss some options to find out what’s going on.