Chiropractic comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning ‘done by hand’. The practice of Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily but certainly not exclusively of the spine and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship effects the muscles, ligaments, joint structures, nerves and the feedback systems of kinaesthetic sensation.
Increasingly, we are seeing all health disciplines and health researchers focus on the mechanisms by which our physical frame affects our health in many ways. The affects of posture and poor joint function not only on the muscles, joint tissues, ligaments and connective tissues but also on the feedback into our nervous system and its impacts.
Chiropractors are professional health care providers with at least five years of university training.
Chiropractic training includes the extensive study of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, orthopaedic and neurological assessment, diagnostic examination, radiology, rehabilitation, acute musculoskeletal management as well as the distinctive approaches to care that make our profession seperate and different from other musculoskeletal care providers. The core competencies required for registration as a chiropractor in Australia are available by following this link: Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia.
The role of any clinician of any health care discipline is to take knowledge from basic sciences, applied sciences, all health care sciences, clinical skills, clinical experience and research and use it to make decisions on developing individual approaches that suit your particular circumstances.
Many patients with complex health issues present to chiropractors and require the care of more than one discipline to assist them. Chiropractors can assist with many of the musculoskeletal issues in those with complex disorders. All of our chiropractors work willingly with other health care providers of our patients to assist them to take control of and improve their health.
Chiropractic is sought for nerve, joint and muscular problems. The most common of these being: headaches, migraine, back pain, neck pain, sciatica, joint pain, spinal disc conditions, whiplash, shoulder pain, arm pain and leg pain. Chiropractic may also be of assistance with mobility issues and the musculoskeletal components in patients with multiple and complex case presentations.