Frequently Asked Questions

The Effect of Stress

The term stress is frequently used in our daily dialogue. But what is stress? 

The interesting fact is that our body is dependent on stress. In fact, some every day normal processes require a stress response. Some examples of a healthy stress response are sweating while exercising and being sick after a bad meal. These are examples of your nervous system coordinating an adaptive response to maintain a balance. 

Sometimes we categorise stress into three groups; 

  1. Physical stresses – like slips and falls. Or even the repetitive bending or twisting activities we perform. It may also include a difficult birth or learning to walk. 
  2. Emotional stresses – your mental status has an impact on your health. Anger, frustration, anxiety or a sense of hopelessness are common forms of emotional stress.
  3. Chemical stresses – our environment is loaded with potential irritants and chemicals. Whether it be the foods we eat, the water we drink, fabrics that we may use or even lotions and creams that we are exposed to, many contain substances that can affect the nervous system. 

Clearly, stress produces a reaction in your body. This may manifest as an altered structure, identified by improper spinal joint dysfunction.

The Effect of Spinal Joint Dysfunction

If you suffer from spinal joint dysfunction, the spinal bones become fixed or stuck. Your freedom of movement can be challenged and difficult. 

Some features of spinal joint dysfunction can be

  • nerve irritation and inflammation 
  • pain muscle spasm 
  • local swelling 
  • sensations of numbness or pins and needles 
  • discal herniation or bulging 

Your chiropractor can detect the presence of the spinal joint dysfunctions. Skilful, effective and comfortable therapies are employed to minimise this stress response on the body.

Could chiropractic help you?

Your nervous system regulates every cell of your body. 

When your nervous system doesn’t work right, you don’t work right. And clearly, sickness or disease can occur. 

Stress on the nervous system can result from improper posture. You can self test your posture to help you evaluate whether chiropractic can help you. This test can be performed with family members or friends. Simply stand infront of your family member or friend and ask them to check your levels relative to both sides, the ears, shoulder lines, hips, knee folds and achilles. 

How did you go? If the structure is slightly miss-aligned maybe chiropractic may help you.

For how long will I need chiropractic care?

How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you! However, many factors can influence your decision. Typically, the type and the chronicity of the condition can be critical elements with the prognosis. 

Some musculoskeletal problems require time to repair and heal. As an example; an injured rotator cuff will often cause local pain and discomfort over the shoulder. However, this injury can also disturb shoulder girdle and spinal patterns of movement. This movement alternation should be retrained and rehabilitated. Appropriate management considering these factors may require some time- beyond the initial painful limits. 

In the above case example, a crisis model of care would address only the shoulder pain. Different modalities and therapeutic techniques would by actively employed to minimise the presenting pain. Contrastingly, a functional model of care may consider other elements conflicting with your health. In the above example, such factors like altered spinal movement or limited physical activity may contraindicate your natural healing process. Importantly, neither model is right or wrong- simply various approaches of care management. Therefore, a chiropractor may consider both a crisis and functional management option for your healing journey. 

At Coastline Chiropractic Centre, we actively encourage a non-dependent model of care. Such that an engaged role with education and rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal disorders is a major focus of our centre. The model and duration of care is your choice and supported by your chiropractor.

Chiropractic Techniques


A biomechanical model of analysing and adjusting the body. After careful testing and palpation, where indicated a specific manual thrust is administered to the spinal joint by hand. 

The direction, speed, depth and angle that is used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal biomechanics. Commonly with this technique, a small popping noise can be heard.


Another safe and effective manual approach to examining and adjusting the body. Utilising the information gained from x-ray evaluation and spinal palpation, Gonstead's foundation principle explains how a subluxation pattern in one area of the spine can produce compensatory changes in another. Commonly with this manual adjusting technique, a joint release can be heard.

Active Release Technique (ART)

ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. 

 These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. ART is a very specific gentle technique applying manual maneuvering over the injuries area. Some over 500 set protocols are established for treating lower limb, upper limb and spinal injuries.


Thompson Terminal Point technique is an analysis system based on the findings that subluxations produce a functional short leg. With this adjusting technique, individual cushions or drop pieces located along our adjusting table, support each area of your spine until the thrust is delivered, at which point the drop-piece gently gives way, reducing the amount of energy needed to produce movement of a specific spinal segment.

Soft Tissue Therapy

Many subluxation patterns (both acute and chronic) can cause scarring to occur within the surrounding tissues. Where indicated our Chiropractors incorporate specific release techniques to these tissues in order to promote improved blood flow, reduce muscular pain symptoms, and speed up repair. 

 In conjunction with your adjustments, this allows natural recovery to occur quickly. If necessary we may also refer you to another therapist to facilitate this process.

If you have been to a chiropractor before and have a preference for how you are adjusted, let us know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your adjustments. 

If you have other questions about chiropractic, feel free to contact us or just drop by at our clinic for a quick or thorough consultation.

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