What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive way of helping the body to function at its most optimal level. Chiropractic treatment involves the diagnosis, management and treatment of mechanical disorders involving the musculoskeletal system (most often the spine).
While many think of chiropractic simply as a treatment for back and neck pain, it is much more. Chiropractors use very gentle and effective techniques to ensure that your body is able to move property from head to toe.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle
In Australia, Chiropractors must have undertaken a qualification at a recognised tertiary institution to be able to register as a chiropractor.
Why see a chiropractor?
There are many causes of spinal problems. A lack of exercise, long periods sitting in front of a computer or using technology in bed, accidents and falls all put increased strain on our spine and the muscles that support it.
A chiropractor works with the patient to find out how biomechanical problems of the spine could be causing issues such as:
- Upper and lower back pain
- Neck and shoulder issues
- Difficulty moving joints
- Muscular pain
Once the chiropractor has diagnosed what the problem is, they can then work with the patient to help resolve it. This can be in a number of forms including manual manipulation of the joints, stretching, myotherapy and remedial therapy, cupping and dry needling or the application of heat.
The Chiropractor will then recommend behavioural changes, activities and stretches that will help reduce pain, increase mobility and prevent the issue from recurring.
Combining chiropractic care with myotherapy
Chiropractic therapy focuses the joints and the spine, whereas myotherapy focuses on muscle involvement and balance and how this relates to joint problems. When used in combination with one another patients can expect to see quicker, longer lasting results.