What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic is the third largest health profession in the world after medicine and dentistry. It is an approach to health and wellbeing that centres around the body's own natural ability to function and heal itself.
The human body is incredibly complex and intricate. It’s made up of over 75 Trillion cells with specialised functions that adapt to your body’s changing requirements. You digest food, alter your health rate and blood pressure, defend against bacteria and viruses, heal wounds and broken bone, and carry out thousands of other essential body functions without having to think about them.
Central to all your bodily functions is your nervous system which is the most complex organ of your body. Through it your body controls the function of all of your cells and organs, directly everything from your breathing and digestion to the thoughts you have and the way you sense the world.
A Natural Approach
Chiropractic is based on the knowledge that tension, misalignment or altered function of your spine (subluxations) can interfere with the flow of information and energy along your nerves and may dramatically affect the function of your body in many different way.
Doctors of Chiropractic focus on improving the function of your spine, which helps to free the flow of information throughout your nervous system. This helps your body to better coordinate its functions, adapt to stress and heal itself. With Chiropractic many people naturally find relief from aches, pain and the symptoms of a huge range of conditions, and grow flexible and healthy.
A vertebral subluxation is an area of altered spinal motion, tension or misalignment that interferes with the flow of information and energy along spinal nerves and throughout your nervous system.
Most subluxation exist without obvious pain or discomfort.
Some of the possible effects of subluxation include:
- Reduced function of the different organs or systems of your body
- Reduced ability to cope with and adapt to stress and change
- Change in muscular tension
- Reduced flexibility, balance, muscle strength and coordination
- Reduced vitality and energy level
- Poor posture and altered spinal curves
- Low back pain, neck pain, headaches, pain in other parts of the body (depending on which nerves are affected)
- Spinal degeneration or decay
- Extremity problems such as shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle issues
- Pregnancy-related conditions
Chiropractic has been evolving for more than 100 years. During this time a great number of different styles and approaches have been developed. Doctors of Chiropractic use a wide range of different methods adapted to suit people of all ages and body types, from newborns to the elderly.
Your Chiropractor may use any of the following therapies or techniques as part of your treatment:
Adjustment are the precise method Doctors of Chiropractic use to correct subluxation and improve the function of your spine and nervous system.
It is the skilled use of delivering a specific force in a precise direction, to a joint that is stuck, or not moving correctly. This adds motion to the joint, helping to gradually restore normal function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and consequently, improved health.
- Neural Organisation Technique
Neural Organization Technique recognizes that traditional spinal care is not always sufficient for patients with complex clinical histories. Research in neuro scientific principles relating to the four main survival systems of Fight / Flight, Immunity, Digestion, and Reproduction has revealed how dependent the organization of these four survival systems are to the integration of the proper neurological function of the spine, extremities and cranial structures.
The aim of Neural Organization Technique is to reorganize the function of the nervous system. These body systems are likened to a biological computer system composed of specific neurological programs for everything we see, do, and feel. Some programs are innate while others are acquired over time as the need presents itself.
- Dry-needling / Musculoskeletal Acupuncture
- Kinesiology Taping
- Soft Tissue Therapy
- Drop Piece
- Rehabilitation exercises
- Mechanical blocks
- Soft Tissue Therapy
Approach to Chiropractic Care
- Symptomatic Care- This stage of care is aimed at reducing your pain or symptom as quickly as possible. This is usually the most intensive stage of care, and aims to restore joint function and control inflammation as quickly as possible.
- Corrective Care- Corrective care addresses the long-term, bad habits of your spinal movement. It can help retrain how your spine moves. It can also help prevent relapses or similar injuries later. Corrective care requires consistent, regular adjustments over weeks or months, depending on the case. At pre-determined intervals, full progress examinations take place in order to measure your progress.
- Wellness Care- As part of a natural, healthy lifestyle, people recognize that in addition to nutrition, exercise and emotional balance, proper body function is essential for good health. Regular chiropractic check-ups help ensure that the body continues to work at its best and sorts out any minor issues before they become symptomatic. Just like tending your garden or maintaining your car, little bits often reduce the need for major overhauls.
Note - This is intended as a guide only and will vary depending on how quickly you respond to care. Remember... The body’s healing methods are complex and thorough. They take time. Patience and perseverance are essential.