Probably one of the most common questions asked in everyday practice by my patients, even those who have come for years, remains “What does a chiropractor do?”Let’s break it down into a few simple areas.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractors use hands-on spinal adjustments or mobiliation/manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication, or at least using the least possible outside help.
Chiropractic care is the practice of treating nervous system and musculoskeletal system disorders through the use of non-surgical procedures, such as adjustments and spinal alignment balancing which we do with our hands. The adjustments sometimes make little pops and noises which some patients make a fuss of, others ignore them.
What do Chiropractors treat?
We’re commonly known for the successes in relieving back pain, neck stiffness, headaches, pins and needles, sciatica and tension. We look after motor car accident issues like whiplash, sports injuries and everyday sprains and strains. We’re often associated with helping chronic pain that has plagued people for years like frequent headaches, migraine and persistent problems in hips, knees, shoulders and elbows. Even the jaw can be out of line!
What does chiropractic mean?
The word ‘Chiropractic’ comes from the Greek word ‘Cheir’ (meaning ‘hand’) and ‘Praktos’ (meaning ‘done’), i.e. done by hand. The developer of chiropractic, Daniel David Palmer, chose the name.
How does a chiropractor train?
In Australia, chiropractors graduate from university after completing a full time 5-year degree. We trained at RMIT University in Bundoora (previously Phillip Institute of Technology). Graduates are skilled in the diagnosis, treatment of back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. All registered Chiropractors are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA) and the Chiropractic Board of Australia.