The World Health Organisation defines chiropractic as a “health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health”.
Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the skull and spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system), and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Correcting spinal misalignment helps to restore normal function to the tissues and organs throughout the body.
Chiropractors are required to adhere to strict and extensive educational requirements and standards to become registered health care professionals. To become a registered chiropractor, you must have studied an accredited five-year chiropractic program conducted at a university within Australia or New Zealand, or have completed an accredited program in another country.
Chiropractors have extensive knowledge in anatomy, physiology, neurology, pathology, radiology, biomechanics, nutrition, paediatrics and adjusting techniques. All chiropractors are required to complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to improve and maintain their skills and knowledge, and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
No. Chiropractors are primary health care professionals, which means that anyone can see a chiropractor without a referral. If you have been referred by your medical doctor or another health care professional, we will endeavour to work with them to achieve the best possible outcome.
Numerous studies over the years have proven that chiropractic care is one of the safest forms of health care. Research has also shown it to be one of the most effective forms of health care when dealing with the musculoskeletal system.
Chiropractic care is also incredibly safe for the treatment of babies and children. Our treatment of babies and children is very gentle and very different to that of an adult.
Generally, chiropractic adjustments are not painful. In some cases, particularly if your condition is acute and/or severe, you may experience some discomfort during your session. Occasionally people experience some tenderness following a chiropractic session for a day or two, but this is not dissimilar to the muscle aches that you may experience after you go to the gym.
Your recovery is dependent on many factors such as how long you have had your problem, the frequency and severity of your problem, whether other complicating factors are present, your lifestyle choices and how committed you are to your healing and recovery. Some people notice significant changes within a few sessions, whilst others may take weeks or months to recover.
Many parents bring their children in for a check-up. There are many things that can affect the health of your child, especially the birth process. Chiropractors may be able to help with colic, reflux, sleep disturbances, problems with breast feeding, ear aches and constipation.
Chiropractic care can also help older children during their development. Conditions that we may be able to assist with include poor posture, scoliosis, sporting injuries, poor concentration, sleep disturbances and learning and behavioural issues.
Yes. Chiropractic care is very gentle, safe and effective during pregnancy. In fact, there is a large body of research showing the effectiveness of chiropractic care with back pain and other pregnancy-related conditions. Studies have also shown that chiropractic care can reduce labour times, and assist with intra-uterine constraint and malposition.
Chiropractic care is very beneficial for elderly people due to the aging process. As we age, the spinal joints, discs, muscles and ligaments become weaker and begin to wear out. Our mobility is reduced, there is an increased risk of injury and our healing capacity slows down. Chiropractic care can help keep you mobile, reduce your chance of falls, improve your balance and slow down age-related degeneration.
Yes. Chiropractic care is extremely safe and in many cases, can prevent the need for surgery. If you have already had surgery, chiropractic care is very effective in assisting with your rehabilitation and recovery. Our chiropractors will alter their treatment methods to suit you and your condition where necessary.