Chiropractic care is a form of alternative healthcare that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on the spine. It is based on the anatomical understanding that these disorders can be affected by the alignment of the spine and the proper functioning of the nervous system.
Chiropractic care is often sought as a first option to treat back pain, neck pain, and headaches, as well as to improve a person’s overall health and well-being. It is a non-invasive and drug-free healthcare option that aims to address the underlying structural issues that can lead to symptoms and problems.
The main tool used in chiropractic care is the chiropractic adjustment, also sometimes called spinal manipulation. This involves applying controlled force to the joints of the spine to restore proper movement and alignment.
Chiropractors use their hands or specialised instruments to perform these adjustments.
In addition to spinal adjustments, chiropractors may also use other techniques such as massage, stretching, and exercises to help improve a person’s overall health and well-being. They may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, to help manage and prevent future health issues.
Chiropractic care is generally considered quite safe and can be effective for most people. However, it is not appropriate for everyone, and you should always seek advice from a registered chiropractor first before enrolling in any program of care.
A chiropractor will perform a thorough evaluation to assess your needs and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs and goals.
If clinically indicated the chiropractor will also refer you for scans or x-rays such as an EOS scan. Scans and x-rays often help to visualise the problem and with determine the most appropriate course of care for you.
Overall, chiropractic care is a holistic approach to healthcare that aims to improve the functioning of the body and alleviate pain and discomfort. It can be an effective treatment option for a wide range of conditions and, when combined with other positive lifestyle factors, can help people achieve optimal health and well-being.
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