Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle and effective form of health care, free of the use of medications or invasive therapies and treatments.
It is based on the premise that the body is innately self-healing and self-regulating, and every cell is controlled by the nervous system. Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system and its impact on an individual’s health.
Your nervous system travels through your spine transmitting impulses from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain. Due to the anatomical relationship of the spine and the nervous system, improper function of the spinal joints may alter regular transmission of nerve impulses, reducing the ability of the body to adapt to its ever-changing environment.
Spinal dysfunction and misalignment can result from postural patterns, trauma, repetitive activity, genetic influences or stress – be it physical/chemical/emotional. Spinal dysfunction may present signals of localised pain, inflammation, muscle tension, restriction in movement, or may produce more subtle nervous system interference – perhaps presenting as fatigue, poor sleep, an over-active stress response or poor resistance to illness as a few examples.
Restoration of optimal spinal function through Chiropractic ‘adjustments’ aims to restore optimal function of the nervous system, promoting local tissue recovery and general wellness.
Chiropractors are university-educated spinal experts extensively trained to both detect and correct such spinal dysfunction. Through the application of an adjustment, a precise force to a specific part of the involved spinal segment, the restoration of optimal joint function can occur, permitting normal nerve transmission and the improved capacity for the body to recuperate and function optimally. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation and/or other adjusting techniques to accomplish this process. Soft tissue release of associated musculature may also be used to help these changes occur and stabilise.
Chiropractors know how to take a detailed medical history and are equipped to perform thorough structural, neurological and orthopaedic examinations, allowing for the formulation of diagnoses and clinical impressions, and the delivery of appropriate treatment through well-developed, individualised care plans. They are also licensed to refer for spinal imaging including Xrays and MRI.
As holistic healers, Chiropractors recognise that exercise, nutrition, sleep, heredity, lifestyle and environment need to be considered when addressing overall health and wellbeing and will work in partnership with you to identify and improve any factors that may be blocking the body’s ability to heal or resist disease.
Though Chiropractic first originated in 1895, spinal manipulation has been depicted in drawings discovered in pre-historic caves from as far back as 17,500bc. Hippocrates (460-377 bc), the ancient Greek physician and healer, deemed The Father of Medicine, was a proponent of spinal manipulation and said, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” Today, Chiropractic care is the fastest growing health profession used around the world for the treatment of various conditions of the musculoskeletal system and nervous system.
Acute or chronic back pain, neck pain and headaches may be the main reason a person seeks the expertise of a Chiropractor, but Chiropractic care accomplishes far more than pain relief. We’ll help you find relief and educate you on how Chiropractic can help you live a healthier life.
“Look well to the spine for the cause of disease”.