What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. It focuses on the relationship between structure and function as coordinated by the nervous system and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos which means “done by hand.” (manual therapy).
Chiropractors assess the neuromusculoskeletal system and use specific manual techniques, exercise and lifestyle advice to maintain and restore normal function.
Chiropractors will also discuss nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle modifications to help you maintain and improve your health.
How can a chiropractor help you?
Chiropractors generally support clients who are suffering from back pain, neck pain, joint pain, stiffness, and a limited range of motion.
When visiting a chiropractor, you would expect to receive an initial consultation that usually involves assessment of the specific area of concern. Assessment usually involves an interview and physical examination to understand the cause of symptoms and so the practitioner can learn about your physical health.
Based on the assessment results, your chiropractor will provide options for treatment for you to consider. Your treatment plan may include weekly, fortnightly or monthly appointments, with regular re-assessments to monitor improvements and promote good health..
When visiting a chiropractor, you can expect to receive treatment lying down horizontally on a treatment table, or in a seated or standing position. Chiropractors use a range of techniques in your treatment, which could include::
- Spinal manipulation – where a chiropractor will use their hands to apply a short, fast force to the joints, particularly the spine.
- Soft tissue techniques – including stretching techniques for muscles and myofascial, joint mobilisation and massage.
- Drop table technique – which uses gravity and the drop mechanism of the table to apply a short, fast force to the joints of the spine.
To become a chiropractor in Australia, you have to complete 5 years of study at university. Chiropractors are registered in Australia by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). You should always consult a qualified chiropractor and confirm their qualifications on the AHPRA website..