What does a Chiropractor do?
Are you thinking about seeing a Chiropractor but are unsure of what they exactly do, how it can help you, or what type of population it would most benefit? If so, give our blog post a read below!
Here at Infinite Health, we are please to announce we have recently added Chiropractic Services to our list of healthcare practitioners as well. So let's go through how it can help you!
Firstly, a Chiropractor is a healthcare professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Similar to other types of doctors, 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, and hold true the following beliefs:
Biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine can affect the nervous system
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 only aims to crack people’s spine. Actually, chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients, 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 extracorporeal shockwave therapy, cupping, etc.
As you may have noticed from above, all chiropractic treatments don't involve drugs or surgery. Instead, it’s a kind of physical therapy to reduce joint, muscle and nerve stress as well as promote general health throughout the body.
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 a chiropractic session, 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, 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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We hope to see you soon!