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Phone 02 4739 5131




Brooklands Shopping Centre - Shop 1

15A Great Western Highway

Blaxland NSW, 2774

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your opening hours?

Optimal Spine Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centre

Monday: 8am - 12pm 3pm - 8pm
Wednesday: 8am - 12pm 3pm - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 12pm Closed

2pm - 6pm

By Appointment Only


Ondrej is also available for consultation in Blacktown, at Western Chiropractic Centre. Please contact the lovely staff at Western Chiropractic Centre on (02) 9622 5652 for more information or to arrange an appointment.


How Do I Become A Patient?

No referral is necessary to become a patient at Optimal Spine Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centre. Simply call and request an appointment or BOOK ONLINE.


What To Expect On Your First Visit?

Prior to consultation:

Please come 10 minutes prior to your first consultation. This will allow you to fill out our pre-consultation form. Please wear comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict your movement so that we can do a thorough examination.


Initial consultation:

This is the most important consultation as we get to know you and you get to know us. You can ask us questions and we will do our best to answer them. This consultation is an information gathering exercise and generally takes between 45-60 minutes. The aim is to start the process of accurately diagnosing your condition and determining the exact cause of your symptoms.


First we take a thorough medical history, which gives us an overview of your health status. This is very important, as we need to establish that your symptoms are of musculoskeletal origin and rule out any serious pathology. You can rest assured that should we suspect that your symptoms are not of musculoskeletal origin but due to some other pathology, we will refer you on to the most appropriate healthcare practitioner.


Information gleaned from your medical history than guides a targeted physical examination to identify the pain source or symptom generator where possible. This examination may include the following components; postural examination, functional movement assessment (SFMA), Upper quarter or lower quarter screen, specific orthopaedic and neurological examination, muscle testing. X-rays or further imaging (CT or MRI) may be referred for if clinically indicated.


We will then establish a diagnosis based on these findings. Treatment may or may not be administered on this visit.


What To Expect On Subsequent Visits?

Once a diagnosis and management plan is established it’s time for us to get to work. Our aim is to empower you to self manage and try to give you as many tools and strategies to do that as possible.


Treatment is tailored to your diagnosis and will most commonly include gentle chiropractic adjustments, mobilizations, soft tissue therapy and exercise prescription or a combination of these. This is directed to functional problems we locate in our assessment.


The dosage of treatment is really important, as each visit will build on the last to promote heeling and/or positive change. So early on treatments will be more frequent. Your progress will be regularly reviewed and treatment modified or changed to maximise results.


Do I need to have X-Rays?

If you have any existing X-rays, scans, medical investigations and associated paperwork, please bring them to your initial consultation. Chiropractors can refer directly for X-Rays through medicare. X-Rays like other forms of special tests (CT scans, MRIs etc.) are only necessary when clinically indicated to help diagnose certain musculoskeletal conditions and to rule out fractures or other specific pathologies.


Decision on whether you need X-rays or other form of special investigation is made at the end of initial consultation after all the information gleaned from clinical history and examination is reviewed. Our recommendations are in line with Evidence Based Practice and clinical guidelines. If we feel that there is a clinical benefit or need for you to have X-rays or other examination, we will refer you to get that organised.


Is chiropractic care safe?

In the words of the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.” Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. (1)


In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs. (2)


What treatment will I receive?

This is an extremely important question. The simple answer is: It Depends. We will do what works for you. Because no single approach, technique or method works for all people, all of the time, we have many methods and techniques at our disposal.


We are results driven and will use our expertise and significant experience caring for diverse patients with plethora of musculoskeletal symptoms together with the latest research and your preferences to formulate a treatment plan. In general terms the treatment may include a combination of chiropractic adjustments, joint mobilisations, soft tissue work, stretching and exercise rehabilitation.


What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.


There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually the chiropractor's hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly-accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant or indirect pressure.


After years of university training and clinical experience, Ondrej has becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.


Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

 In most cases, not at all. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear popping sound from the spinal joints.


This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as spinal movement is restored, such as when a wet glass is removed from a table. Some Chiropractors use a hand held instrument to adjust the spine.


Others use pelvic blocks to re-align the body. Whatever the technique, Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.


Am I too old for chiropractic care?

You are never too old to benefit from Chiropractic care. More and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their later years.


Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process.


Ondrej has experience working with people in their later years and uses a variety of gentle treatment techniques specifically designed for maximum comfort and results.


You’re Pregnant, Can You See A Chiropractor?

 YES, absolutely. During your pregnancy, the changes to your body will put a lot of strain on the low back and pelvis as well as lower limbs.


Your chiropractic adjustment will help you adapt throughout the different stages of your pregnancy and allow you to be healthy. We have at our disposal treatment options, techniques and equipment specifically designed for pregnancy care.


As always, should you have any questions, please contact us, as we would love to help and answer any questions you may have.

Do you have any questions not covered in our FAQ?

Best thing to do is to call us directly and ask.


Alternatively email us at info@optimalspine.com.au or use our online enquiry form.


We love questions because it means we get to talk about our passion! :)