Frequently asked questions
What are Dr.Berntsen's qualifications?
Dr. Steven Berntsen is a government registered primary health care practitioner and member of the Australian Chiropractors Association. He has over 27 years clinical experience.
His 5 year university degree is based on the study of the human body, the musculoskeletal system, the brain and the nervous system.
Steven is able to recognise and diagnose general medical conditions and will refer you to another practitioner if necessary.
Do I need an X-Ray?
Steven does not routinely x-ray patients and often existing x-rays are sufficient.
Should there be a need for x-rays, then you will be referred to a bulk-billing centre.
X-rays for children or pregnant women are only undertaken for very specific circumstances.
Does Dr. Berntsen treat athletes?
Absolutely. Steven has been assisting athletes with spinal sport injuries for over two decades.
Whether he is assisting local golfers, state footballers or weekend warriors, Steven is focused on reducing spinal stress, restoring body balance and achieving full range of movement.
Do I need to undress for every appointment?
No. Only on the initial consultation are patients asked to wear a gown, including their undergarments, so that Steven can properly assess their spinal health. Parents are encouraged to be present while children are recieving care.
On subsequent visits adjustments are given in regular attire.
Can elderly patients benefit from chiropractic care?
Yes. Elderly patients may benefit from chiropractic spinal care to reduce pain and increase function and mobility.
Modified adjusting techniques are used for elderly citizens.
Does Dr. Berntsen treat pregnant women and children?
Yes. Steven has been assisting pregnant mums and children for over 25 years.
Obstetrics and paediatrics is studied as part of the 5 year university education of chiropractors. Specific techniques are used for pregnant mothers to help alleviate low back pain, pelvic instability and sciatica associated with pregnancy. Modified and age specific techniques are used for children of all ages.
Does my health fund cover chiropractic care?
Chiropractic is covered by most private health insurance funds.
You will need to check the level of your health fund cover to determine your rebate.
How much does it cost?
The first two consultations are the longest. The initial consultation is $85 and the second is $70.
Our standard appointments are $49 for adults and $42 for children and concession card holders.