What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a widely recognized and respected healthcare profession focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those related to the spine. Chiropractors are skilled professionals who use their hands to manipulate the body’s musculoskeletal system, aiming to alleviate pain, improve function, and promote overall wellness. Chiropractic can help with all sorts of injuries or simply in maintaining physical health.
What is a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors undergo extensive training – typically around 5 years – earning a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. They must renew their registration every 12 months demonstrating continuing professional development (CPD) and recency of practice. So you can relax, you are in good hands! Chiropractors are distinct in their approach, emphasizing manual adjustments and manipulations to restore proper alignment and function to the body without drugs or surgery.
Chiropractors believe that many health issues stem from misalignments – or subluxations – in the spine, which can interfere with the nervous system’s ability to communicate with the body’s organs and tissues.
How Does Chiropractic Care Work?
Chiropractic care is founded on the principle that the body has a remarkable ability to heal itself when it is functioning optimally.
Chiropractic adjustments involve the application of controlled force to specific joints in the body, with the primary focus on the spine. These adjustments aim to correct misalignments, reduce pain, and improve mobility. By restoring proper alignment, chiropractors seek to enhance the body’s innate ability to heal and maintain optimal health.
What Conditions Are Treated by a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors treat a wide range of conditions, with a primary focus on musculoskeletal issues. Some common conditions treated by chiropractors include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Joint pain
- Muscle tension and spasms
- Postural problems
- Sports injuries
- Whiplash injuries from accidents
- And many more
You might also be surprised to know that Chiropractic care may also complement treatment for various systemic conditions, such as allergies, asthma, and digestive disorders, by addressing underlying musculoskeletal issues that contribute to these problems.
Techniques Employed by Chiropractors
Chiropractors employ a variety of techniques to address musculoskeletal issues and promote overall well-being. These techniques include:
The Hallmark of Chiropractic care, spinal adjustments to correct spinal misalignments can be delivered utilising Manual or Low force techniques.
Manual techniques are often accompanied by a distinctive “cracking” sound, which is simply the release of gas bubbles within the joint. Low force techniques include the use of instruments such as activator or drop piece.
Our Chiropractors are proficient in a range of techniques including Sacro-occipital technique (SOT), Activator methods, Manual muscle testing and Diversified just to mention a few. Techniques utilised are on an individual basis.
In addition to the spine, chiropractors can adjust other joints in the body, such as the shoulders, hips, knees, and wrists, to improve mobility and reduce pain.
Soft Tissue Therapies
Chiropractors may use soft tissue techniques like myofascial release and trigger point therapy to alleviate muscle tension and improve circulation.
Exercise and Rehabilitation
Chiropractors often prescribe therapeutic exercises to help patients regain strength, flexibility, and mobility.
Lifestyle and Nutritional Counseling
Chiropractors provide guidance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and may offer nutritional advice to support overall wellness.
How Many Visits Are Needed for Treatment?
The number of chiropractic visits needed to treat a specific condition varies depending on several factors, including the severity of the condition, the patient’s overall health and their response to treatment. Some acute issues may be resolved in a few sessions, while chronic conditions may require ongoing care to manage symptoms and prevent recurrence. We will work with you to to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to your physical needs and budget. Rest assured that we aim to get you back to your best as soon as possible and won’t try to prescribe you with a redundant treatment plan.
Chiropractic Care and Remedial Massage
Chiropractic care and Remedial Massage Therapy complement each other exceptionally well and are often used in tandem. While Chiropractors focus on addressing musculoskeletal issues through spinal adjustments and joint manipulation, Remedial Massage Therapists specialize in soft tissue manipulation. When these two modalities are integrated, patients can experience a holistic approach to pain relief and improved mobility. Here are Natural Health Chiropractic, we have exceptional Massage Therapists on site so we can offer you superb continuity of care.
Chiropractic as Preventative Care
By regularly seeking chiropractic care, individuals can proactively manage their spinal health, enhance posture, and reduce the risk of developing musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, neck pain, and joint stiffness.
One of the key benefits of chiropractic preventative care is its non-invasive and holistic approach to maintaining overall well-being. Chiropractors often tailor wellness plans to individual needs, offering guidance on exercise, lifestyle adjustments, and ergonomics to support patients in their quest for a healthier and pain-free life. By taking a proactive stance with chiropractic preventative care, individuals can not only experience reduced discomfort but also enjoy improved quality of life and increased mobility as they age.