Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine. Some problems of the musculoskeletal system can be caused by accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear.
Chiropractic treatment involves safe, often gentle, specific manipulations to the joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulations, Chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, soft tissue work and advise on stretches/exercises as well as essential postural and lifestyle advice. It’s just like fine tuning the strings of a guitar. The strings are always there and still work, but are just not quite in tune unless they are adjusted regularly. This is the same as your spine. After wear and tear and poor posture, your spine can gradually get stiff, causing pain and creating vertebral misalignments that can affect your body in different ways.
Your current physical/structural health (do you have bad posture, a scoliosis or arthritis, or have you had any previous accidents or injuries, broken bones or surgeries?).
Your lifestyle (do you sit down most of the day, do you frequently use a laptop, do you do any heavy lifting, what type of shoes do you wear, what type of mattress/pillow do you use?).
Also, there is a BIG difference between getting your body to function without any pain or symptoms, compared to getting your body functioning to its optimal and peak performance. Most people come into the clinic initially with some type of pain or problem and then later on choose to continue to correct their spine and body on a maintenance basis as they realise the huge difference it can make to their lives. Chiropractic is really all about improving your overall health and well-being so you can enjoy life to your full potential.
“The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for healing, metabolism and thought.” – Roger Sperry PhD, Nobel Prize for Physiology 1981.
“Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.” – American Journal of Pain Management 1994, 4:36-39