How can chiropractic or chiropractor help me?
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is one of the largest and fastest growing health and wellness professions in the world. With a focus on enhancing all aspects of human performance. Chiropractic is based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “done by hand.”
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the intricate communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If these nervous system pathways are impaired, it will cause tissues, organs, our body to malfunction.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutrition and exercise, wellness and healthy lifestyle modifications.
The principal treatment is joint adjustment or manipulation and chiropractors (Doctor of Chiropractic) are trained in many different techniques, which enables them to select a treatment method that is suitable for you, making the treatment gentle, safe and effective for all ages.
But the treatment does not only involve spinal adjustment, far from it. Management also includes:
- rehabilitative exercises
- patient education and lifestyle modification
- diet and nutrition
- soft tissue techniques and massage
- the use of orthotics and other supports
There is also an emphasis on health education and promotion and early return to normal activities.
Apart from high levels of general diagnostic skills, chiropractors are also trained to take and analyse X-rays, when necessary for use in establishing a diagnosis.
The spine is of central importance but we are also trained to assess and treat other joint problems.
The focus on education and patient empowerment is an important factor in the success of the treatment and the high levels of patient satisfaction.
The strengths of chiropractic treatment is its effectiveness, strong research base and high patient satisfaction.
Chiropractic brings relief to thousands of people around the world who would otherwise suffer prolonged pain or illness.
What do adjustments feel like?
After the adjustments, many patients report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness. Others feel improved mobility. Inflammation or muscle spasms may delay these positive effects. Chiropractors excel at making adjustments comfortable and effective.
Is Chiropractic care safe?
Yes. A New Zealand government study concluded that Chiropractic adjustments are “remarkably safe.” Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever is about 100 times more risky.
In fact, adverse effects of medical treatment is the principal cause of death in people under 45 years of age, as well as being the leading cause of morbidity and permanent disability. Costing Australians $401 million dollars per year and consumed 16% of Australia’s total annual health system expenditure for injury. 17% of hospital admission results in adverse events, 5% results in death, and 50,000 people per year are permanently disabled as a result of their medical treatment (from The report, Health System Costs of Injury, Poisoning and Musculoskeletal Disorders in Australia 1993-1994).
Yes, Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.
What type of education does a Chiropractor have?
Becoming a Chiropractor requires a five year, full time university education with an emphasis in the biological sciences. Our Chiropractor has completed about the same number of lecture hours as medical practitioners have. However, since Chiropractors choose not to prescribe drugs or perform surgery their education emphasizes neurology, diagnostic imaging, physiology, spinal adjustment techniques and clinical subjects. Chiropractors are therefore well educated.
Why do Children need Chiropractic care?
A German medical researcher discovered that over 80% of the infants that he examined shortly after birth were suffering from injuries to the cervical spine (the neck), causing all types of health problems.
Traumatic Birth Syndrome is not a new condition. A researcher by the name of Duncan measured the amount of force it would take to severely injure a baby’s neck during delivery. He found that 41kg of force was enough to cause stillbirth, while less than that would cause the spinal joints to sprain. Duncan commented, “This is not what most obstetricians would consider a great force.”
Since it was found that significant spinal trauma could occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for “subluxations” by Chiropractors.rth Syndrome is not a new condition. A researcher by the name of Duncan measured the amount of force it would take to severely injure a baby’s neck during delivery. He found that 41kg of force was enough to cause stillbirth, while less than that would cause the spinal joints to sprain. Duncan commented, “This is not what most obstetricians would consider a great force.”
Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal problems. Uncorrected subluxation may disturb muscles and organs. In some cases, an uncorrected subluxation may lead to a deformity of the spinal column.
Many childhood complaints brushed off as “growing pains” can often be traced to the spine. Children with repeated ear infections, allergies, asthma, ADHD or hyperactivity, and other maladies result from lowered resistance, which may be caused by nerve system interference due to a “subluxation“.
Early Chiropractic checkups may detect many spinal problems while they are still easily correctable and regular Chiropractic checkups can identify underlying problems and help avoid many health complaints seen later in adults. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child’s size, weight, and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing spinal structures. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care.
How will I benefit?
Chiropractors, scientists and experts agree that in order to be healthy you must understand four points:
- There is a greater dimension to health than just feeling good.
“Health is a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” – Dorland’s Medical Dictionary
- Experts agree the key to health is function.
You and I can’t replace missing body parts; therefore, the key to health is function. Since the nerve system controls the function of all the parts of the body, we must keep it free of interference to be healthy. If you interfere with the nerve system you will lose optimum function and health.
- The major interference to the nerve system is the Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) causing malfunction and ill-health.
- There are 3 steps to correcting the VSC and regaining health.
Initial Intensive Care…Chiropractic can generally help you during the Initial Intensive relief phase of care by reducing the pain and symptoms without drugs and surgery. Since the nerve system controls every part of your body, studies show that 90% of patients not only get relief, but other health problems clear up also.
Reconstructive Care…After Initial Intensive Care, you’ll begin Reconstructive Care. You’ll feel a return of vitality and peak of performance as the spine and nerve system continue through the correction process. More than feeling good, you’ll begin to regain your health: Optimum physical, mental and social well-being.
Wellness Care…Long-term prevention and Wellness Care provide a sensible, cost-effective approach to real health. During Wellness Care, scientists have found the immune system works better and children who undergo Chiropractic care from birth are healthier.
Subluxation or Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC)
Vertebral Subluxations: A term used to describe when a vertebrae is causing interference to the spinal cord or spinal nerves or both. Vertebral Subluxations interfere with the vital communication between the brain and the tissue cells of the body. Resulting in abnormal function (hyperactive organ function, high blood pressure, symptoms . . . . . . . or even pain).
A Chiropractic adjustment is the use of a specific force in a precise direction to correct Vertebral Subluxation. Resulting in . . . . . . . Normal Function.