Chiropractic is a primary health care discipline which utilises the highest level of evidence in the provision of effective patient evaluation and care. Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mechanical disorders of the spine, joints and muscles.
Clinical evidence has consistently demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care.
Chiropractic treatments consist of gentle manipulation techniques known as adjustments to restore function, mobility and balance to joints. During an adjustment, the pressure within the joint space changes and sometimes patients report a ‘clicking’ noise. This is the sound of air being released from within a joint and is not normally painful.
Chiropractic management also includes rehabilitative exercises, patient education, lifestyle modification and the use of physical therapies and supports. There is an emphasis on health promotion and early return to activities for injured patients. The focus on education and patient empowerment is an important factor in the success of chiropractic management and the high levels of patient satisfaction.
Muscular and skeletal problems can be progressive disorders, building up over a period of time due to work, poor posture and recreation. For long term disorders the key is to seek help prior to noticeable pain and disability. With the help and assistance of your chiropractor you may be able to alter the cycle of pain and disability using early treatment.