Melbourne chiropractic
FAQs Chiropractic


1. What is Chiropractic?

The primary focus of Chiropractic is the optimum function of your spine and nerve system, and its relationship to overall wellbeing.

Your nerve system is your master control system, made of a network of fibres, similar to an electrical wiring system. Interference in the spine may alter the transmission of messages between your brain and any of your body’s muscles, organs, and tissues, affecting control and coordination of systems and function throughout your body.

Chiropractic involves specialised care of your spine and nerve system, and effects how you perceive the world, helping you to better adapt to life and it’s challenging physical, chemical and emotional stresses.

2. What is Network Care?

Network Care is a gentle and specific whole-person approach to Integrative Chiropractic. This contemporary system’s focus is to help what you have work better, rather than trying to “fix” or “take away” a “problem”.

The intention is not to “relieve” symptoms (your body’s warning signals), rather to better understand why they are there, and more efficiently listen to your body’s needs. This process, while not a “pain relief” system, is remarkably effective at helping many feel better amazingly fast.

Network Care sessions involves a process of specific and effective gentle spinal contact touches. Your care sessions are designed to, to cue and engage your brain, with the purpose of enhancing communication between your brain and body. Care advances through levels at particular milestones.

Ultimately, you are expected to gain the ability to feel better, be better and live better; with health enhancing benefits, to improve your quality of your life for the long term. This process liberates a greater range of body-mind resources for self-healing and wholeness.

3. How do I know whether I need to see a Doctor of Chiropractic?

Do you want to thrive, or just survive?  Our whole-person approach to Chiropractic, promotes wellness strategies for you to optimise your function and life, instead of just getting by.

As nerve system stress, like most chronic illness, often has no early warning symptoms; everyone should have their spine checked regularly by a Chiropractor.

Let your Chiropractor give you their professional recommendations, based on your individual circumstances and needs.

4. Who is Dr Ari Diskin?

Dr Ari Diskin inspires hope and provides practical evolutionary strategies, for high achievers to BE More, DO More and HAVE More, by POSITIVELY CHANGING PEOPLES’ LIVES FOREVER.

Dr Ari Diskin is dynamic, passionate an innovative Australian-born, American-trained Healthy Life™ Doctor of Chiropractic in his 40th year of professional experience.  Ari is also a speaker, author, coach and educator based at Diskin Life in Fitzroy Melbourne, Australia. Dr Ari provides Diskin Care, comprising of Integrative Chiropractic and Wellness Education~ incorporating Network Care- a Reorganizational Self-Healing system.

Ari is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Chiropractors.  He has served, and continues to contribute in leadership positions, (including past President of the Victorian branch of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia), and has been recognized with multiple distinctions and awards, both in Australia and internationally, including Chiropractor of the Year 3 times, 1988, 1998 and 2006 (in recognition of service to the profession and community).

His focus is encouraging and supporting all to more fully engage in life and experience the difference for their potential to live a life without limits~ naturally.

Dr Ari is the developer of the Diskin Life 3 Step Vitality Process, being the trademarked 1) Life Assessment, 2) Life Upgrade, and 3) Life Momentum steps, all of which are Multi-dimensional, Natural, Effective, Measurable and Sustainable.

Australian born, Ari completed his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Chiropractic tertiary qualifications in the United States in 1984, and has since additionally completed thousands of hours of post graduate educational programs.

Ari is a contributor in the Australian book Secrets of Small Business Owners Exposed! His chapter’s focus, titled “Value and Serve” covers the importance of health and wellness as a fundamental essential and advantage for all, including those involved in business, as the people involved in a business are, integral and essential contributors to the business.

When not working with people, on his business, or investing in community, Ari enjoys family time with his wife and business partner and their inspiring son, walking his talk of congruent and optimal living.

5. What is the Diskin Life 3 Step Vitality Process™?

1. LIFE ASSESSMENT:  Whole-Person Examination

  • Comprehensive Biometric Testing
  • Establishes baselines and monitors progress
  • Reveals how you actually perform and function, beyond just what and how you feel

2. LIFE UPGRADE:  Integrative Chiropractic

  • Nerve system synchronising, retraining and re-programming
  • Enables greater awareness, coherence and neurological strategies
  • Access inner wisdom and enhance adaptability to stresses of life

3. LIFE MOMENTUM:  Wellness Education

  • Lifestyle Mastery Presentations
  • Practical lifestyle modification concepts and strategies
  • Progressive self-sustainability and resourcefulness

6. What is a Biopsychosocial Approach?

biopsychosocial approach systematically considers biological, psychological, and social factors and their complex interactions in understanding health, illness, and health care delivery.

It is a way of understanding how suffering, disease, illness and quality of life are affected by multiple levels of organization, from the societal to the molecular.

The biopsychosocial model views health and illness as the product of biological characteristics (condition and function of the physical body), behavioural factors (lifestyle, stress, health beliefs), and social conditions (cultural influences, family relationships, social support).

7. What is the difference between health and wellness?

There are many views, opinions, definitions and practices of health and wellness. The Diskin Life definitions are as follows:

HEALTH is a state incorporating three essential elements:
1. Integrity: Being “whole” (having all your parts)
2. Function: How efficiently your body and mind works
3. Adaptability: Your ability to respond and cope to a changing (physical, chemical and emotional) environment

WELLNESS is a voluntary contextualisation, considering attitude and degree of resourcefulness (versus resources)
The way you choose to live and respond (or react) to life’s situations, and how you feel about your state or circumstances (how you feel about what you have or have not), and what you make of your circumstances (resourcefulness).

8. How may Chiropractic help me to improve my health?

We have a comprehensive Lifestyle Mastery program™ for our clients, which focuses on the fundamental elements of your whole-health in four categories; Move Better, Eat Better, Think Better and Respond Better.

These are made available for clients via the 12 weekly one-hour presentations and  expert-presenter interactive workshops, as well as SRI Body Awareness workshops.  There is also a newsletter, including topical articles and links to blogs in line with our monthly themes.

For the public, there is a 90 minute event ‘Breaking Free from Cycles of Pain & Stress: An The BIG Event.

Lifestyle Mastery is designed to demonstrate how our Integrative approach, together with other important natural practices, may help you improve your health and optimize your life.

9. What procedures can I expect on my first visits to Diskin Life?

You will require approximately one hour on your first visit to complete your thorough in depth LIFE ASSESSMENT consultation and physical assessment with Dr Diskin, which usually includes a series of computerised Biometric functional assessment scans, Progressive Digital Posturography and Low-Dose x-rays (when necessary).

On your second visit you need to allocate up to another hour for Dr Diskin to review, explain and discuss your results and recommendations. Your Chiropractic LIFE UPGRADE care usually begins on this second visit.  All fees will be explained to you in advance, including *special payment options for couples, seniors, students, families, and other payment options for you to choose from.

10. What are Computer Interpreted Paraspinal Surface EMG, Thermal & Heart Rate Variability Scans?

These Biometric scans utilize completely safe, and non invasive, scientific methods of measuring and recording nerve activity, muscle function and balance, as well as Autonomic (organ) Nerve System function, associated with spine and nerve system performance.

Their use for initial analysis (as a baseline), and as an ongoing measure of progress associated with Chiropractic care, is accurate and objective. Each client receives colour computer-generated reports of their results.

11. Do I need X-rays?

X-rays are usually required to obtain a clear blueprint, primarily to view the alignment, patterns and condition of your spine. We have installed a special High Frequency Low Dose Full Spine x-ray system.

Combined with our state of the art digital processing, this system is user-friendly, and produces less radiation than conventional systems, so it’s safer for all ages.

12. Is Chiropractic safe?

Our light touch technique is particularly gentle, with no known safety issues.

Our comprehensive client Wellness Education Program provides information for you to discover self-help strategies and options, to increase your awareness about health, so you can gain optimum benefit from Chiropractic.

You can learn how safe and appropriate, (actually an integral and vital element of healthy development)  Chiropractic care is for all ages, especially children.

13. Do I need a referral from a medical doctor?

A referral is not required from a medical doctor to see a Doctor of Chiropractic. Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers (the largest primary health care profession in the world, after medicine and dentistry).

14. What about babies, children and pregnant women?

Chiropractic is most appropriate for both these groups. Children are subjected to spinal stresses from their birth, and then everyday from the slips, bumps, falls, and poor posture which all children experience.

The extra stresses of pregnancy and the trauma, which can be associated with the birth process, make Chiropractic care for pregnant women especially important.

Network Care is especially suitable for pregnant women, babies and children, due to it’s incredibly gentle methods.

15. My children are still growing; Is it too early to have their spines checked?

Absolutely not! It is essential for children’s nerve systems be checked for nerve system stress and spinal cord tension at an early age. The earlier developing problems are detected, the more effective care may be expected. Children lead such active lives, constantly jumping, jarring, bumping, falling and much more.

Whilst these activities are a normal part of their development, they may cause stress to a developing nerve system, which may not manifest as symptoms for many years, if ever. Remember; As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.

16. Do Doctors of Chiropractic prescribe drugs?

No! Chiropractic is completely natural, non-invasive, drug and surgery free.

17. Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes! This is so the appropriate time can be allocated for both your and other clients’ convenience.

18. How old is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic began in 1895, over 125 years ago.

19. Are Doctors of Chiropractic registered or licensed practitioners?

Yes! Doctors of Chiropractic must be registered and licensed to practice by the Chiropractors’ Registration Board, under the auspices of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

20. How often do I need to have my spine checked after the first time?

Each person has individual needs, and must be assessed accordingly. Your Chiropractor makes specific tailored recommendations. Waiting for pain before you visit a Chiropractor, is like waiting for your teeth to rot before you see a dentist.

21. I am not suffering pain. Should I still have a regular spinal check-up?

It depends on your attitude and priorities.  Do you proactively exercise, eat well and strive to live in a healthy environment?  Then, having your spine and nerve system checked by a Chiropractor is an wise practice, like regularly seeing your dentist for your teeth before they hurt, or servicing your car to keep it running optimally.

22. Does Insurance cover the cost of Chiropractic care?

You may be able to recover some of your cost through a private insurance fund or third party insurer like TAC or WorkCover. You need to contact the relevant authority, and find out how you specifically are covered.

23. Why is the spine so important?

The spine is the framework, which supports and protects your spinal cord. It is like your body’s communication conduit. Most of your nerves pass from the brain and spinal cord through small openings between the vertebrae (spinal bones); to coordinate all body parts and functions.

Through your nerve system you perceive the world; adapt to stress; express emotion and create our conscious reality. Because of the spine’s complexity, its normal movements may be easily disrupted.

Falls, incorrect lifting, repetitive movements, faulty posture and even your emotional state and your chemical intake may cause disruption to the normal functioning of your spine. These areas of abnormal function typically display spinal cord tension. You don’t need to feel pain to have them.

24. When's the best time to first have my spine professionally assessed by a Doctor of Chiropractic?

As nerve system stress may be caused as early as during the birth process, you should start as young as possible, since the earlier nerve system stress and spinal cord tension are detected, the more effective care may be expected.

25. What is Brain-Based Chiropractic?

Brain-based Chiropractic care is an approach to Chiropractic care focused on improving your brain function, so you can have a healthier and more optional body and a better life.

Brain-based, also referred to as neurologically-based Chiropractic care directs its focus on the proper function of the central nervous (nerve) system and it’s direct connection to all 50 trillion plus cells in your body.

Traditionally, Chiropractic has focused on the spine with the idea that spinal bone misalignments interfere with the nerve signals between your brain and body, and structurally adjusting the spinal column (bones and muscles) reduces the interference.

While this is absolutely valid, brain-based care focuses beyond structural adjustments of the bones and muscles, using a tonal (light touch) approach to directly affect the whole person , including the brain and nervous (nerve) system, to improve the physical, mental and emotional functioning of the body and mind.

Where some Chiropractic approaches look to address the localised symptom, with the intention of primarily relieving that particular site of pain or affected function; the brain-based whole-person approach is about looking at the whole-person in context with or without a particular obvious symptom, or not.

Brain-based whole-person care studies and observes the relationship of all body parts and systems to each other, as interdependent, rather than stand-alone issues.

At Diskin Life, our brain-based whole-person care is offered using our 3-Step Vitality Process.  This 3-step process, in relation to brain-based care, particularly focuses on a thorough understanding of a person often complex history Life Assessment and the Life Upgrades involving specific and gentle series of light touches, synchronizing, retraining and reprograming the nerve system, (so no manipulation, cracking or popping of joints).

26. What Areas Do You Service?

At Diskin Life, we service the local residents of Melbourne. Many of our patients come from suburbs such as Burnley, Collingwood, Cremorne, East Melbourne, Kew, Richmond, South Melbourne & Toorak.