Chiropractic is a regulated primary healthcare profession.
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system (nerves, bones, joints, and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. Chiropractors have a specialist interest in neck and back pain, but when they assess patients, they take their entire physical, emotional and social well-being into account.
Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. Offering a package of care which includes general health and nutritional advice, self-help techniques, functional/ergonomic exercises and positive lifestyle changes.
Chiropractic treatment involves safe, gentle, specific manipulation to joints of the spine or other areas of the body that are not functioning correctly. Aside from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of other techniques including ice, heat, exercise and acupuncture.
Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions, such as:
- Ankle sprain (short term management)
- Elbow pain and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck
- Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
- Inability to relax
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA) as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
- General, acute & chronic back pain
- Generalised aches and pains
- Mechanical neck pain
- Migraine prevention
- Minor sports injuries and tensions
- Muscle spasms
- Plantar fascitis (short term management)
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder complaints (dysfunction, disorders and pain)