Lower Back Pain? - Coast Chiropractic, Mangawhai Heads
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Why see us?

Young or old, in pain or wanting to achieve a higher level of functioning we can help assist your body and brain to reach its optimal.

Is Chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognised as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.


The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.


Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension.


Then there are the very rare risks of infrequent strain/injury to a ligament or disc in the neck (less than 1 in 139,000) or the low back (1 in 62,000) There is also an extremely rare risk of stroke associated with adjustments of the neck which all published studies agree is extremely low, research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal puts it to one in 5.85 million adjustments.


Neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. If you are visiting your Doctor of Chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your Doctor of Chiropractic to offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.


It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain — prescription and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — as these treatments may carry risks significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation. According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalisations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen.

Does Chiropractic treatment require a referral from a doctor?

No, a patient does not need referral by a medical doctor before visiting a Doctor of Chiropractic.


Chiropractors are primary healthcare professionals and therefore do not require a referral.


Following a consultation and examination, the Doctor of Chiropractic will arrive at a diagnosis under chiropractic care, or refer the patient to the appropriate health care provider.

How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilises the highly refined skills developed during the intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.


Chiropractic adjustments don’t always involve or need a “crack” as there are various techniques we use that don’t involve “cracking” the joint, including drop piece, activator and soft tissue techniques. As everyone’s neurology is unique the treatment protocol needs to be individually designed as the amount of stimulation required for maximum benefit varies from person to person. As always if there is discomfort in any of the techniques others can be implemented allowing for care without having to get the “crack”

What conditions do you treat?

Chiropractors are primary health care professionals that focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are most often used to treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms and legs and headaches. 

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for babies and children?

Yes, children and babies can benefit greatly from chiropractic care.


Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

How much do you cost?

Coast Chiropractic fees can be found on our fees page.



Do I get a discount when I book and pay for more than one session at a time?

Yes, if you book and pay for 5 or more sessions you receive a 10% discount. 

Can I make a time to see you outside of the days you have listed?

Coast Chiropractic is currently taking appointments between the following times:


Chiropractic: Tues-Fri: 9-2.30. Tues & Thurs: 4pm-7pm

Massage: by appointment

Midwife: Mondays 9-5pm

Physiotherapy: by appointment


If you would like to make a time to see Robyn outside of these hours, please get in touch and she can discuss alternative options.


Please note: a weekend emergency call out incurs a fee of $85.



If I need a referral for x-rays etc, where would this be to?

If you require further investigations such as x-ray, ultrasound, MRI/CT etc I will refer you to Hibiscus Radiology in Warkworth, a 30-40 minute drive from Mangawhai.

Will my treatment be covered by ACC?

As Primary Health Care professionals Chiropractors are covered by ACC. If you have had an accident, your Chiropractor can lodge an ACC Claim and your treatment cost will be partially covered by ACC once approved.

What type of education and training to chiropractors have?

Chiropractors are educated as primary contact healthcare practitioners, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Most chiropractic degrees consist of 5 years of study leading to either a Bachelor or Masters degree.

Will my treatment be covered by my private insurance?

This depends on the type of cover you have with your insurance company, you will need to contact them directly to confirm what your policy will  or will not cover.

Over the years we have been asked many questions about chiropractic. Here are some of them and some simple explanations.

If you have more specific questions please context the clinic directly.