Can I be fixed in one visit?

The number of visits needed is different for each person. It can take a period of 4-6 weeks to start to see changes in the spine, muscles, movement and pain levels. If someone has spent 20 years lifting, working or moving in a certain way, it can take several months to see the body change and adapt.

Here are a few things that contribute to healing of the body.

  • Any trauma from whiplash or injuries to the spine or muscles
  • The amount of time you have had the pain or injury
  • The health and wellness of the person
  • The body’s response to the chiropractic adjustment and muscle release.
  • The amount of stress in the person’s life
  • The type of job the person performs each day.

Chiropractic care was founded over 100 years ago by D.D Palmer. His philosophy was that a segment in the spine which is out of place, (subluxated) can cause an interference to the nerves and body. Long term, this can have effects on the body causing all sorts of problems. That is why chiropractic care has stood the test of time and over ??? Australians visit a chiropractor.

What is Chiropractic ?

Chiropractic a hands on, specific analysis of the spine and joints to check what is out of alignment and a specific adjustment to move the bone and set it back into place.

Can you Fix me now ?

Most people who see a chiropractor want to get fixed, out of pain and back into work and enjoying life. So ther intention and expectation can be to visit a few times and then get on with life itself. However, what if you’ve had chronic back pain for 5years? Or 5 weeks? Wouldn’t it take the same amount of time to heal, balance out and restore not only the spine and vertebrae, but also the rest of the body’s vital organs and muscles?

Unfortunately, we are in the 21st century where a “quick fix” by taking a pain killer or over the counter medications can keep us from dealing with the true symptom. Sometimes symptoms come from tight muscles and a joint that is inflamed and out of alignment.

The body takes 21 days to heal a wound, 12weeks to heal from a tear of a muscle or ligament.
When someone breaks their ankle, they end up with a moonboot to restrict the body so it can heal. So when someone wants to continue training 6 days a week in a top competitive martial arts, rugby competition and expect instant results, it’s highly likely not going to happen.

That is why at Highgate Hill Chiropractor, we emphasise the 3 stages of healing. If you have been in pain or discomfort for a period of time, put aside some time and commit to seeing your body function and move the way it’s supposed to.

Here are the phases.

Symptom Phase

This is the initial intensive phase where some days there are improvements and other days there are none. This is normal when the body is adapting to the adjustment and making changes. It is important to walk after an adjustment and avoid aggravating activities like sitting at a computer all day or lifting heavy weights.

Repair Phase

The repair phase of chiropractic care can take up to 6weeks. This is an important time when the ligaments of the spine are stabilizing. Muscles retrain and adapt to the adjustment of the spine. At this phase, you can perform gentle strengthening and stretching of the muscles.

Maintenance Phase

This phase is when the spine has stabilized and adapted to a new pattern, where we are pain free and our joints are moving like they should. Your plan will depend on lifestyle stresses. The maintenance plan is cost effective, where the spine is checked every four to eight weeks.

Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?

Yes. Chiropractic is widely recognized as a safe and effective approach to spinal healthcare. Full scientific reviews of the literature (Cochrane Review) have reported that spine manipulation is one of the safest approaches for spine pain compared with many different medical approaches. There is research that states that 1 out of 5.8 million have a risk of a stroke with a neck adjustment. That is the probability of being struck by lightening, or the probability of someone suffering a stroke from the career of 5 chiropractors who have spent 30 years seeing thousands of patient a year.

Is there a popping sound when a chiropractic adjustment is performed?

It is not necessary to hear a sound for a change to take place in the spine and nervous system. Every person’s spine is different. Some people think the sound is what makes the difference, however, there are a wide variety of techniques which don’t always involve getting a pop out of the joints. Instead, it is the focus on freeing up a specific subluxated vertebrae that is out of alignment. In the process of making an adjustment to the spine, the nervous system and whole body can move better, along with the nerves and circulation in the joint, spine and muscles of the body.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No. Each patient is unique. Dr. Adele Lorigan (Chiropractor), uses on her extensive knowledge to adapt her techniques to the patient’s needs at each visit.

Services & Fees

Initial Consultation   $95
Standard Visit    $65
Extended Visit    30 minute consultations (includes Remedial massage) for $85.

We accept bulk bill referrals from GPs for Chronic Disease Management (EPC) careplans up to 5 visits.  We also accept Veterans through DVA, with a referral from the GP.

Sciatica Symptoms & Treatment

Sciatic nerve pain is a common type of lower back pain which extends from the lower back to the back of the thigh and down through the leg. The sciatic nerve pain may also extend to the foot or toes. Each leg has its’ own sciatic nerve and sciatica pain usually affects only one side of the lower body. Sometimes it can be severe and debilitating and for others it may be infrequent and irritating.

How do I know I have Sciatica Symptoms?

Sciatica is caused by an irritation or flare up of the nerve roots in the lower back and pain in the leg by the following conditions.

  • Degenerative disc disease. The discs in the spine act as a shock absorber when we bend and twist.  Repetitive strain, ageing and trauma to the back can cause wear and tear on those discs.
  • Herniated Disc. This can occur where we have a bulging of the disc which puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Piriformis syndrome. The function of the piriformis muscle is to externally rotate the hip and stabilize it. The sciatic nerve passes directly underneath the piriformis.  When the piriformis muscle becomes tight, it can compress on the sciatic nerve.  This can occur by lifting heavy weights at the gym, strenuous exercise or sitting for long periods of time.  Sitting with a wallet or a phone in the back pocket can put pressure on the sciatic nerve and cause a sharp, stabbing pain down the leg to the foot.
  • Spondylolisthesis. This condition is usually a result of degenerative disc disease such as arthritis. It most commonly affects the L4 moving forward on the L5 vertebrae and can be seen on an x-ray.  This can distort the spinal canal and result in the sciatic nerve to flare up.
  • Sciatic Nerve Injury. Sciatic Nerve Damage from prior trauma like a motor vehicle accident or a fall on the back or a tear to the piriformis muscle.
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. This is a narrowing of the spinal canal where tHe nerves exit the spine.  Lumbar spinal stenosis tends to affect older people and pain is likely to be more constant, causing buttock pain and weakness of the leg muscles.
  • Weight Gain and Pregnancy. An increase in weight or pregnancy can alter the tilt of the pelvis and lower back which can flare up the sciatic nerve.

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by too much pressure on your median nerve. The carpal tunnel is a channel in the palm side of your wrist. It is made up of wrist bones and a tough ligament called the transverse carpal ligament which forms a roof over these bones. About three in 100 men and five in 100 women develop carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in their life.

What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms most likely affect the thumb, index and middle finger. You may also get an ache in your forearm, shoulder or neck.

  • Pins and Needles
  • Numbness or Tingle
  • Burn
  • If symptoms occur frequently, your hand muscles can become weak, causing difficulty to grip objects.

What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms most likely affect the thumb, index and middle finger. You may also get an ache in your forearm, shoulder or neck.

  • Pins and Needles
  • Numbness or Tingle
  • Burn
  • If symptoms occur frequently, your hand muscles can become weak, causing difficulty to grip objects.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Because there isn’t much room in your carpal tunnel, any swelling around it can press on your median nerve, causing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • Occurs in females more than males with a peak onset is 45-60 years.
  • Pregnant women in their second and third trimester.
  • Square shaped wrists.
  • Overweight.
  • A job that involves repeated forceful movements of your wrist, such as using a screwdriver, typing for long periods of time, making coffee as a barista.
  • Previous trauma or fracture to the wrist.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis or Osteo-arthritis in the wrist joint.

Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Chiropractic treatment focuses on increasing movement in the joints of the wrist, forearm, shoulder and spine.  A gentle adjustment can help to take the pressure off the median nerve.

Massage treatment focuses on warming up the muscles in the forearms, wrist and shoulder, re-aligning the muscle and releasing trigger points.  This aims to relieve the wrist pain by reducing the pressure on the median nerve.

If we are not sure that we can help you we will refer you to a GP or a neurologist to perform a nerve conduction test. This test can show if there’s any damage to your median nerve.


If there are repetitive movements causing the wrist pain, it’s important to limit those movements. Some suggestions are;

  • To change the way you work i.e; Changing the mouse pad to the other hand
  • Take regular breaks
  • Shaking your hands when they’re numb.
  • Apply an ice pack or ice wrapped in a towel to help with inflammation in the wrist. You shouldn’t apply ice directly to your skin as this can damage your skin.
  • Wrist splints or wrist supports can help to keep your wrist straight and reduce pressure on the compressed nerve.


Your GP may prescribe corticosteroid injections to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Some research indicates that ultrasound treatment (treatment with sound waves) may help reduce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.


If your symptoms are severe, the GP may suggest carpal tunnel surgery to help ease the pressure on the nerve.

Helpful Tips for Home Carpal Tunnel

  • Gently stretching your wrist against wall or with the opposite hand can help increase wrist motion. Make sure that you do not over stretch by being in pain. If you would like further information please contact us.
  • While you are stretching your wrists against wall or prior to stretching, you can apply ice. Apply ice to the whole forearm & wrist, (wrist extensors and flexors).
  • Why use ice? Ice can desensitize the pain and allow you to stretch further. Ice is also a natural way to help reduce inflammation. Please contact us if you have any questions.
  • Stretching the pec muscle (pectoralis major & minor muscle) can help take the pressure off he nerve that branches down the arm to the wrist. Make sure you gently lean against a wall and hold for up to 30 second

Where Are We Located?

Yeronga Chiropractor is based at 391 Montague Road, West End. For those using public transport, catch the 196 bus from the Brisbane CBD and get off at Stop 11, outside Aldi. Walk 10-15 minutes down Montague Road and cross over to where our clinic is based inside. Almost opposite The Stores and London Fields Restaurant & Bar.

We are well located for anyone in the areas of West End, Highgate Hill, Annerley, Brisbane CBD, Woolloongaba, Kangaroo Point, Milton, Toowong, Southbank, Spring Hill and Yeronga.

Services & Fees

Our fees include $95 for the initial consultation and subsequent consultations are $65. We also offer Extended 30 minute consultations (includes Remedial massage) for $85.