What is Chiropractic?
The Chiropractic profession has had significant growth and development worldwide as a respected and beneficial evidence based profession and has gained recognition around the world for it's essential place within primary healthcare practices.
Chiropractic is a profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system; affecting the function and mobility of the body, with special emphasis on the spine. In other words, your chiropractor will identify problems involving joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine.
It emphasises manual therapy including spinal manipulation and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation to relieve pain and restore function and mobility, along with exercises to help maintain comfort, strength, flexibility and fitness. Health and lifestyle issues are also addressed. You do not need a GP referral in order to visit a chiropractor.
It is practice for your chiropractor to ensure that your condition, the treatment and management is fully discussed with you so that you are able to then make a fully informed decision about treatment and provide consent to proceed.
Many factors can contribute to poor function (e.g. movement and strength problems), increased pain and stress, along with speeding up wear and degeneration in the body. These are usually very specific to each individual; identifying and addressing problems can help to significantly reduce your symptoms.
Common stressors and triggers usually include a combination of the following lifestyle factors:
Along with many other lifestyle factors, poorly functioning spinal and limb joints and soft tissues can cause increased irritation and stress throughout the body and on our nervous system.
The nervous system controls and coordinates every function in our body and is housed and protected by our spine. It is therefore very important to look after the health of your spine and indeed your whole body through lifestyle and daily health promoting habits and behaviours.
Your body doesn't generally make mistakes and will usually alert you when something is not quite right. You may experience physical symptoms, like frequent headaches or spinal and limb pain. A headache, for example often stems from your neck or back and may be related to spinal nerve root irritation, due to a restriction in the normal range of motion and function of the neck. A pain in the limbs, for example leg/sciatic type pain, may be a consequence of a problem in the lower back. The site of the pain is also frequently not where the site of the injury or solution is.
Chiropractic assessment and treatment can help to identify and relieve the root cause of your symptoms and will help in the prevention of future relapses. Victoria, our chiropractor will also coach you in making other really important improvements, individual to you, in areas that are also highly likely to be contributing to your symptoms and to the overall stress on your body.
Many patients also find that chiropractic treatment helps to relieve and manage other symptoms they experience that may be related to specific dysfunction and pressure on their spine and nervous system.
It is a good idea even if you are not experiencing pain to visit a chiropractor to help keep your musculoskeletal health in check (just like you'd visit the dentist to make sure your dental health is fighting fit!)
Prevention is key, we find if pain symptoms are left or ignored, the problem is more likely to persist and come back as the original problem has not been addressed and may still exist.