What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a primary health care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of conditions which are due to mechanical dysfunction of the joints and their effects on the nervous system.
What Does a Chiropractor Do?
The emphasis is on prevention and 'adjustment'. According to the condition being treated one or more of a whole range of different adjusting techniques can be employed. Such skilled manipulation is very specific and directed at individual joints.
With these adjustments, your chiropractor effects an improvement in your joint's mobility, as well as nerve and muscle function. Your body's own healing processes (which we normally recognise in its ability to heal bruises, cuts and broken bones) will then be able to continues the task of restoring health.
Chiropractic Treats The Cause
Chiropractic is based on a very simple fact. Your body is literally a 'machine'. It has power sources, wiring, electricity and lubrication. However, like all machines it also has a mechanical structure. That mechanical structure, with the spine as its most important support and carrier of the major nervous system, can become damaged, distorted or irritated.
Millions of Nerves travel throughout the human frame to control the function and physiology of your body. Spinal joints that are out of alignment or not moving properly can affect your health by irritating delicate spinal nerves. When irritated, these nerves alert your brain that something is wrong. Symptoms, including pain, are usually the result. Nerve signals are also sent to your muscles to stabilize and protect the area. You may feel stiff, sore, and tired.
Chiropractic care seeks to locate the source of your symptoms and address the underlying cause, so the problem doesn’t keep recurring.
This is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. It entails a high velocity, low-amplitude thrust delivered by hand. It usually results in a cavitation (popping noise) of the joint.
The shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, hip and ankle can be adjusted using either the Impulse instrument or manual techniques.
Two blocks are placed under the pelvis in a specific position and direction. The body's own weight then helps to balance the hips, pelvis and low back.
Passive movement of a joint through its normal range of motion. This restores the small, involuntary movements that assist joints to perform to their optimum.