What is a Chiropractor?

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What is a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor is an allied health professional focussed on the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of ‘neuromuscular’ conditions. Chiropractic treatment has an emphasis on treatments using manual adjustment and manipulation of the spine and surrounding structures.

You can expect your Chiropractor to focus not only on reducing your pain and improving your movement but also to teach you how to look after and improve your health through exercise and other therapies to treat back pain.

Beliefs and goals of Chiropractic treatment

Chiropractors focus on the relationship between the nervous system and spine. Treatments are based on the principle idea that issues in the spine (function, movement, position) can affect the nervous system which causes pain and dysfunction.

Chiropractic treatments look to restore the alignment and proper function of the spine. If this is achieved, it will reduce pressure on sensitive tissues and therefore improve the health of the individual.

Is there any evidence for Chiropractic treatment?

Many studies have shown that techniques used by chiropractors are effective for the treatment of lower back pain, low back slipped discs and neck pain amongst other things.

What is ‘mobilisation’ or an ‘adjustment’?

Mobilisations and adjustments are similar in many ways. A mobilisation is a low speed manipulation of the spine, joints and soft tissue to stretch the muscles and joints. The goal is to increase the range of motion as restricted movement can be the part of the cause of many issues.

A Chiropractic adjustment is a high-velocity thrust that is applied to the spine with the goal of improving function and reducing pain. This quick movement often creates an audible ‘crack’ noise from the join being adjusted.