By Sarah Young: Chiropractor Victoria Point Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a manual focused therapy, with the word chiropractic meaning “done by hand”.
Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, management, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system (spine). This includes the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.
Consumers usually seek chiropractic because they are experiencing mobility dysfunction, back pain, neck pain, headaches, as well as for general health and wellbeing.
Chiropractors in Australia are nationally registered and regulated healthcare professionals. Increasing evidence supports early referral and assessment of musculoskeletal pain patients to an appropriately qualified musculoskeletal clinician such as a chiropractor.
Chiropractors do more than provide the manipulation often associated with terms such as ‘cracking’ and ‘popping’. Chiropractors incorporate a range of manual therapies, including mobilisation, muscle and soft tissue techniques. They are also trained to facilitate health promotion, lifestyle advice, rehabilitation, and patient education.
When treating patients, chiropractors are no different to any other health professional. They make an assessment and develop a treatment plan in accordance with the needs of the patient and provide advice on future management strategies.
There is no age limit on chiropractic and more and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their later years. To deliver the safest, most effective, and highest quality care possible, chiropractic techniques are modified appropriately for each person at every age and stage of life.
Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, and endurance so keep in touch with a chiropractor.
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