Chiropractic is 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. It is based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism.
These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “done by hand.”
There are over 215,000 consultations to Australian chiropractors each week. Australian chiropractors are five year university trained, and are government registered and regulated health professionals.
Chiropractors are the spinal health experts. Through their extensive five year university training, chiropractors are uniquely positioned to help Australians lead healthy lifestyles through drug-free care.
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Chiropractors attempt to get to the source of the problems that cause unwanted symptoms like neck pain, lower back pain, stiffness, muscle tension, pinched nerves and headaches. These problems are often resolved naturally with chiropractic care.
With years of university training and clinical experience, chiropractors properly identify and treat issues with neck and back health and use natural, gentle adjusting techniques that allow the body to heal itself once the source of irritation is resolved.
The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the intricate communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If these nervous system pathways are impaired, malfunction of the tissue and organ function throughout the body can result. Symptoms like lower back pain can refer from pinched nerves. To get lower back pain relief, proper back pain management with chiropractic treatment can help. Likewise, pinched nerves in the neck often result in problems like neck pain and stiffness, headache or shoulder pain. Relief from neck pain is a common reason why people see the chiropractor.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutrition and exercise, wellness and healthy lifestyle modifications.
The CAA uses the following definition of wellness:
“Wellness is a lifelong process of assuming personal responsibility that empowers the individual to exercise choice, make informed decisions and take action towards a more balanced, dynamically sustainable and fulfilling existence in all dimensions of life.”