What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves, especially related to the spine. Chiropractic treatment involves safe, gentle, specific spinal manipulation to restore joint function and mobility in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. This removes any irritation, so that the joints, nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons can all return to normal function. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, and stretching and exercise programs as well as give advice about posture and lifestyle to aid and sustain a full recovery.
Why is the Nervous System Important?
Chiropractic is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. Ultimately all of our important body functions and every single cell, tissue and organ in our body, are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves. The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain and the individual bones of the spinal column protect the intricate communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. As such the spine and the nervous system are intricately connected and so any problem in the spine can directly affect the pathways of the nerves resulting in a vast array of symptoms including pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, altered sensations, organ dysfunction, and many more.
Who can Chiropractors help?
Loss of joint movement may be caused by direct injury, repetitive strains from factors involved in your everyday lifestyle, or just simple wear and tear over the years. People of all ages and from all walks of life may benefit from Chiropractic care. People with a range of musculoskeletal problems (ie: with the joints, bones and muscles), particularly back and neck pain, regularly consult chiropractors. Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other health related conditions.