Why choose Chiropractic?
With more and more people looking for a natural approach to healthcare, chiropractic is the fastest growing wellness profession in the world. It’s now the third largest primary healthcare profession in the west after medicine and dentistry, and is legally recognised in over 45 countries.
What to Expect When You See a Chiropractor
A typical initial chiropractic consultation will include a thorough case history and detailed examination to determine the need and appropriateness of chiropractic care. You will be advised if further tests are required, or if referral to another health care provider would be best in your case.
Chiropractic examinations are usually carried out through light clothing. Chiropractic examination may include observation (eg. posture, range of motion and gait), palpation (feeling of joint movement, muscle and soft tissue tensions), standard orthopaedic and
neurological tests, along with any further tests or imaging which may be indicated (eg. x-rays, thermography, sEMG, MRI).
The major purpose of the examination is to analyse the condition of your spine and nervous system and how it is functioning, locate any areas of subluxation, and rule out any contra-indications. If your case is not suitable for chiropractic care you will be advised accordingly and referred to the appropriate health care provider.
If chiropractic care is suitable for your case, your chiropractor will detail a course of care tailored to your needs. This will usually involve a series of adjustments, each building on the ones before (see the adjustment section for more detail).
The Adjustment Treatment
The process of correcting subluxations is called an adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments are not necessarily the same thing as manipulations.
Adjustments can range from the classic dynamic thrust through to very light forces and contacts, along with instrument and table-assisted delivery.
By applying a specific and precise force in the right direction and at the right time,changes in the position and motion of spinal bones can be made. Over time this process helps correct abnormal structural and neural patterns. Generally, the longer a subluxation pattern has been present, the longer it takes to fully correct.
The specific techniques chosen will depend on your age, condition and comfort levels.