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What does a Chiropractor do?

Not sure what a chiropractor does or how they might be able to help with your back pain?


Firstly, a Chiropractor is a healthcare professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Generally, a chiropractor performs a physical and neurological examination as part of his or her process of making an accurate diagnosis. They emphasis treatment through mobilisation and adjustment/manipulation of the spine and all other joints (including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hips, knee and ankle joints).


More specifically, chiropractors focus on the intimate relationship between the nervous system and spine. For many conditions, chiropractic treatment can restore the structural integrity of the spine, reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue, and consequently improve the health of the individual.



What type of treatments do they offer?


Most people think chiropractic treatment that is all about cracking the spine. In actual fact, chiropractors will work to reduce pain and improve the functionality, not only through joint adjustment/manipulations (applying controlled force to a joint), but also:

  • Mobilisation – gentle movement of the joint to increase its range of motion

  • Table assisted drop piece/Thompson technique (TPT) – the use of a specially designed table to help mobilise a joint in a controlled way

  • Gonstead method – focuses on the body's structural foundation and intervertebral discs

  • Stretching technique – such as proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) technique

  • Soft tissue release – such as active release technique (ART)

  • Dry needling

  • Physiologic therapeutics – such as use of shockwave therapy, cupping, etc.


What type of injuries do they see?


Neck Pain

Cervical sprain and strain injuries Cervicogenic headache Cervical intervertebral disc injuries that don’t require surgery Whiplash

Back Pain

Hip Pain

Knee pain

Ankle pain

Foot Pain

Shoulder Pain

Elbow Pain

Wrist and Hand Pain


What type of patients would benefit from seeing a chiropractor:


Chiropractors treat patients with the above conditions of all genders and ages, including children, adults, and the elderly.


For pregnant women, chiropractors can help you to realign the pelvis and maintain a healthier pregnancy for both the baby and mother.


For children, chiropractors aid the body to perform its function efficiently.


What a typical session would involve:


When you attend an appointment, your chiropractor will conduct:

  • A thorough medical history

  • Structural analysis

  • Gait analysis

  • Palpation of your spine, joints, muscles and ligaments

  • Joint range of motion assessment

  • Orthopaedic examinations

  • Neurological examinations

After a thorough physical and neurological examination of your body, your chiropractor will give you a diagnosis and make an individualised treatment plan for you.


Want to give Chiropractic services a try for yourself?


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