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)
Physiologic therapeutics – such as use of shockwave therapy, cupping, etc.
What type of injuries do they see?
Cervical sprain and strain injuries Cervicogenic headache Cervical intervertebral disc injuries that don’t require surgery Whiplash
Back sprain and strain injuries Disc herniation Sciatic or Piriformis Syndrome Scoliosis/Kyphosis Spondylolisthesis
Hip sprain and strain injuries Hip impingement Dysplasia Bursitis
Cruciate ligament injuries Meniscus injuries Arthritis
Ankle sprain and strain injuries Ankle impingement
Arthritis Tingling/numb sensation Hallux Valgus
Rotator cuff sprain and strain injuries Shoulder impingement Frozen shoulder Bursitis
Tennis elbow Golf’s elbow Bursitis
Wrist and Hand Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Tingling/numb sensation
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
Palpation of your spine, joints, muscles and ligaments
Joint range of motion assessment
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.
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