What is chiropractic?Chiropractic is a branch of healing arts
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic care is concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. (Primary Reference – WFC Dictionary Definition World Federation of Chiropractic, 2001).
Chiropractic is a drug and surgery free modality of treatment. It is based on the teachings of Galen and Hippocrates and the premise that the body can respond appropriately to its environment provided that the nervous system is free of interference. This was further developed by Palmer which led to a focus on the spinal column and its functioning. In summary, chiropractors focus on the detection and correction of abnormal spinal function and its subsequent effect on how the nervous system controls and coordinates the body.
In other words, if you have misaligned tyres on your car, it will most likely be a bumpy ride and you will not be able to drive your car properly. Likewise, your spine works in the same way. It is the outer casing for your nervous system and a vital component for performing your daily activities.
What is a chiropractic adjustment/manipulative therapy?
An adjustment is a procedure used by chiropractors that utilises controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude, and velocity, which is applied to specific joints and adjacent tissues. Chiropractors commonly use such procedures to restore range and quality of joint motion. As a result, additional strain on surrounding tissues is reduced. Thus influencing physiological performance and improving functional movements.
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works by restoring your body’s innate ability to self-regulate and self-heal. Manipulative therapy/adjustment is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event. For instance, falling, lifting or carrying objects wrongly or repetitive stress.
Chiropractic is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Moreover, it is often used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Published studies and reports through the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme show that chiropractic is a low-risk health modality. While chiropractic treatment is generally considered safe, occasionally it may cause adverse reactions in some people.
Most importantly, chiropractors are educated to modify spinal manual therapy to suit the age and presenting condition of a patient.
The primary goals of chiropractic care include the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to pain relief.
The above content is written with reference to information obtained from the Australian Chiropractors Association.