Chiropractic Treatment

About Chiropractic

Chiropractic was invented in 1895 and has since spread across the globe. Traditionally, chiropractors focus on finding and treating areas of dysfunction within the spine, using manipulative therapy.

The common theory is that these dysfunctional areas can negatively impact aspects of your health. The verdict is still out on what is causing this altered function, although researchers have some promising theories.

Signs that a vertebral segment is dysfunctioning include joint pain, decreased range of joint motion, spasming and sore muscles attaching to the vertebrae, and altered posture.

If left alone these areas can lead to back pain, headaches, neck pain and can even alter nervous system function.

Recent studies have suggested that treating these dysfunctional areas may improve the way we sense our environment, process information in our brain, and control muscles in our arms and legs. Since the nervous system controls nearly every function of the human body, the door is open as to how chiropractic may help the body perform. Many of the world’s top athletes already use chiropractic with the goal to improve their performance and be the best at what they do.

There is great variety within the chiropractic profession due to diverse beliefs. Techniques can range from using light touch, soft tissue manipulation, needles, specialised tables, thrust adjustments, handheld tools, supplementation, and even thought analysis. There are over 100 techniques in existence.

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Our Approach

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At Karori Chiropractic, we base our approach, techniques, and advice on the latest scientific knowledge and research. We ensure the treatment is always thorough, and aim to keep it at a reasonable price.

Unlike many chiropractic clinics, we don’t want to trick you into coming in multiple times a week for all of eternity. We want to get you back on your feet as soon as possible and will give you lifestyle, posture, exercise, and stretching advice to improve your general health. The appointments are designed to allow enough time for a thorough look into all of your areas of concern. The treatment approach can be altered to ensure we are always within your comfort level.

The chiropractor is ACC registered, permitting cover for certain injuries. You do not need a medical referral to receive chiropractic treatment and all individuals are welcome to experience this form of healthcare. You can also receive treatment if you have no symptoms, chiropractic can provide more than just pain relief.

Ben O’Donnell is Karori Chiropractic’s chiropractor, find out more about him here. If you are still on the fence about the treatment or have some questions or concerns, Ben will be happy to have a chat. You can get in touch through the contact page or call today on (04) 476 3230.

Appointment Types

Karori Chiropractic has 3 appointment types:

The First Visit appointment is for those who haven’t had an appointment at Karori Chiropractic before.

The Regular Visit appointment is for those who have completed their first visit and are wanting the standard thorough chiropractic treatment that Karori Chiropractic provides.

The Quick Click® appointment is for those who have had their first visit and are after a quick tune-up to keep their spine functioning optimally. This appointment comes at a cheaper price but there are strict terms and conditions. For instance, this appointment cannot be used if you are suffering moderate or severe pain. Find out more about the terms and conditions.

Read more about each appointment by clicking below:

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The First Appointment is for people having their very first appointment with us.
This appointment includes a thorough health history, physical exam, spinal analysis, adjustments and lifestyle advice.

The following is what to expect during the visit:

After arriving and filling out some paperwork, the chiropractor will inquire about your general health and the area/s of symptoms to get a fuller picture of what is going on. Then comes the physical exam which may include; postural analysis, spinal range of motion, neurological and orthopaedic testing.

The above process will help to determine the cause of your issue/s, the best treatment options and whether further examinations are required (such as spinal x-rays). If chiropractic treatment is determined to be safe and likely to be beneficial, we move forward to the spinal analysis.

The spinal analysis involves analysing the muscles and soft tissues associated with your spine and assessing how the individual bones move and function. You remain clothed and usually lay face down on our specialised tables.

Using the analysis findings, the chiropractor determines areas of spinal dysfunction and required adjustments. You are explained the techniques available and are given the choice of treatment. Areas of dysfunction are adjusted and then re-checked to ensure all areas have improved.

Finally, exercises, stretches and ergonomic changes could be recommended. Health and/or lifestyle advice may be given to improve your symptoms and general wellbeing. We also advise how long symptoms may be expected to last and when a follow up appointment is recommended.

This appointment will take roughly 40-50 minutes.

The Regular Appointment is for those who have had an appointment with us before (no matter what for or how long ago).
This appointment includes a review of your condition, a physical exam, spinal analysis, adjustments and lifestyle advice.

The following is what to expect during your visit:

On arrival, the chiropractor reviews your condition, answers your queries and investigates any new areas of concern you may have.

Depending on the symptoms and the previous findings, parts of the physical exam may be repeated. This could include posture analysis, spinal motion, neurological or orthopaedic testing. If required, X-ray films will be examined and findings interpreted.

The spinal analysis and adjusting process is repeated. Personalised advice will be given to allow you the best results.

This appointment will take roughly 20-30 minutes.

Wellington’s most affordable regular chiropractic appointment.

At Karori Chiropractic we believe chiropractic care should be made available to as many people as possible. The Quick Click® appointment is designed to cater to both those who are short on money and/or time but still wish to benefit from what chiropractic can offer.

The Quick Click® is an appointment stripped down to the bare essentials. Research into chiropractic shows that spinal manipulation is at the core of what makes a chiropractic treatment effective, therefore this is the main focus of this appointment.

The Quick Click® appointment includes:

  • Full spinal analysis.
  • Adjustment of all dysfunctional areas throughout the spine and pelvis.
  • Adjustment tailored to your comfort levels, e.g. we can use a different approach if you prefer no neck manipulation.
  • Post-check analysis to ensure nothing has been missed.
  • Appointment length up to 10 minutes long.
  • The cheapest prices you’ll find for a regular chiropractic appointment in Wellington.

We believe the appointment offers incredible value for money. Other chiropractic clinics often offer appointments that are 5-10 minutes in length but charge a standard price of over $50. We’ve decided to call it what it is: a quick chiropractic appointment, but offer it at a reasonable price.

Before making a Quick Click® appointment, please read the terms and conditions. This appointment type is not available to everyone.

Techniques Used

Chiropractors use multiple techniques to treat areas of dysfunction within your spine and other joints of your body. The following techniques are used at Karori Chiropractic:

The most common technique used by chiropractors worldwide. This technique involves the use of the chiropractors hands to adjust (another term for manipulate) the joints of your spine. Various positions, forces and directions are used during adjustments, depending on where the dysfunction lies and your unique structure. A quick, small and specific thrust is applied through the chiropractors hands to the dysfunctional joint in your spine.

A specially designed table is used to assist in the adjustment. To adjust, the drop piece under the corresponding area of dysfunction is raised, set to a specific tension and a quick, small and specific thrust is applied to the dysfunctional joint, causing the table piece below to drop suddenly. While this may sound extreme, the drop is approximately 1cm in height. In fact, many people prefer this technique as the forces involved can be lighter.

A device is used to apply the adjustment instead of the chiropractors hands. The device applies a quick, small mechanical force. The force output is varied depending on your comfort levels and the spinal area. The activator device is commonly used as an alternative to the more forceful techniques, especially for the young or old.

A technique similar to Diversified however, it uses different body positions and directions of force.

Not a manipulative technique however it can be very helpful for lower back conditions. A special table is required allowing lower lumber flexion and a unique stretch of the soft tissues within your lower back, difficult to achieve yourself. This type of stretching can have many benefits.

We are trained to assess and adjust most major joints in your body outside of the spine.


Our new fees, effective from the 1st of September 2022:

Appointment Type Normal Price With ACC
First Visit $100 $55
Regular Visit $58 $38
The Quick Click® $38 $30
First Visit – aged 23 & under $80 $45
Regular Visit – aged 23 & under $50 $38
The Quick Click® – aged 23 & under $35 $25

Our current fees:

Appointment Type Normal Price With ACC
First Visit $95 $50
Regular Visit $55 $35
The Quick Click® $35 $25
First Visit – aged 23 & under $75 $35
Regular Visit – aged 23 & under $45 $30
The Quick Click® – aged 23 & under $30 $20


The name of the disorder that chiropractors treat has been given a variety of names. We prefer to call it spinal dysfunction.

Although chiropractors, researchers, and neuroscientists only have theories on what causes of spinal dysfunction, they know the signs to look for. The vertebral segments that are determined to be dysfunctional often have corresponding muscle tightness, tenderness, and altered joint movement and are known to affect the nervous system in certain ways. The symptoms of pain and stiffness are commonly associated with these areas of dysfunction. Chiropractors are trained to detect these abnormalities and help correct the dysfunction through techniques involving spinal manipulation.

Most adjustments are painless. If you’ve suffered a recent injury, have tender muscles or inflammation around the affected area, you may feel some discomfort when adjusted. We try to avoid this outcome as much as possible and will not adjust an area if we believe it will cause too much discomfort.

Synovial fluid is the lubricating substance between your joints. When the joints are separated it creates a small gas filled cavity within the fluid which can suddenly collapses, causing the cracking sound and allowing the joint to further separate. Studies are yet to discover any detrimental side effects. One doctor even cracked the knuckles of his left hand every day for over 60 years while not performing the same in his right hand. No arthritis or any other ailments formed in either hand.

Read our blog How Does Chiropractic Work? for a more detailed description of what is going on.

There are two overarching goals when performing chiropractic: Make the patient feel better and do it safe manner.

With that in mind we have decided to not provide treatment to the following individuals:

  • Patients 75 years and over.
  • Children under 8 years old.
  • Mums in their 3rd trimester of pregnancy (7 months onwards).

For these people, our preferred method of manual adjusting may become less effective, unsafe, and less appropriate due to weaker/smaller bones and ligaments, and other changes going on within their bodies.

Please call us for a chat if you would like to come in but fall into one of these categories. We sometimes make exceptions and can offer advice on alternative treatment options.

Pregnant mothers in the 1st and 2nd trimesters are welcome to make a booking. Karori Chiropractic’s treatment table is specially designed to assist in the treatment of pregnant women. The chiropractor has experience in treating pregnant patients and will take extra care to ensure your comfort and safety.

A New Zealand Government study determined chiropractic is “remarkably safe,” due to chiropractic’s conservative healthcare approach, avoiding drugs and invasive procedures. However, no health treatment option is completely free of adverse effects.

Estimates of the small risks involved:

  • 1 in 62,000 likelihood of injury to the ligaments or disc in the lumbar spine.
  • 1 in 139,000 likelihood of injury to the ligaments or disc in the cervical spine.
  • 1 in 5,850,000 likelihood of stroke associated with neck adjustments.

Additional statistics to put this in perspective:

  • 1 in 12,000 likelihood of being struck by lightning in the US in one lifetime.
  • 1 in 125,000 likelihood of being killed by lightning in the US in one lifetime.
  • 1 in 3,800,000 likelihood of winning New Zealand’s first division lotto.

No, anybody is able to walk into our clinic to receive care without prior referral.

In most cases they are not required. Taking x-rays may help the chiropractor determine the cause of your issues and whether chiropractic treatment will be safe. Chiropractors are trained in Radiology and x-ray analysis so if you have previous x-ray films or reports please bring them along, they may be useful.

In New Zealand, chiropractors undertake a minimum of 5 years study to acquire a Bachelor of Chiropractic.

The first year is equivalent to Health Science First Year, the same course that medical doctors, physiotherapists and dentists require. However this recently changed to a Diploma of Applied Science. The remaining 4 years are undertaken at Auckland’s NZ College of Chiropractic.

Students receive a comprehensive education in anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, pathology, radiography and a variety of adjusting techniques, in addition to a two year internship. All chiropractors must keep their knowledge up to date by completing the Continued Professional Development requirements.

Yes, we are registered ACC providers. We can submit ACC claims for relevant, recent injuries. Reduced fees are available, see our prices for more information.

Possibly, depending on your insurance cover. Check with your insurance provider for further details.

This is your decision. Karori Chiropractic prefers to assess your situation at each individual visit.

Some conditions can resolve quickly while others may take time or be re-occurring. You may prefer to come regularly with a preventative goal in mind, much like how people go to the gym or the dentist frequently, to maintain their health.

Yes. Our chiropractors are trained on a variety of spinal injuries and surgeries and treatment will only be utilised following an in-depth analysis of the affected area to determine if treatment is safe.