What is Chiropractic Therapy?
Chiropractic therapy involves hands-on spinal manipulation (also called adjustment), often combined with soft tissue therapy (massage). Chiropractic treatment restores mobility to joints, particularly the spine, enabling the body to move more freely and enjoy a wider range of motion. Pain in muscles and other connective tissue may also be relieved by effective chiropractic therapy.
A Doctor of Chiropractic should take a thorough medical history, perform a physical examination, and devise a treatment plan based on this initial assessment that is unique to each patient. Chiropractors may sometimes refer patients for diagnostic imaging, although this is assessed on a case-by-case basis and is not required for all patients. CityHealth’s experienced Chiropractors are highly trained and qualified to assess muscular and joint dysfunction, and work with a team of allied health professionals to provide high quality care and individualized treatment for back pain, neck pain, jaw pain, sports or overuse injuries, and a host of other musculo-skeletal conditions. Our Chiropractors can also liaise with external health practitioners to enable the best health outcomes through a combination of Chiropractic therapy and other complementary treatments.
What is a Chiropractor?
A Doctor of Chiropractic is a health professional that focuses on the diagnoses and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, particularly through treatment involving spinal manipulation.
To become a chiropractor in Australia, you must have completed an accredited 5-year chiropractic university degree. Chiropractic professionals must also adhere to strict educational requirements to become government registered health professionals. Chiropractors treat people of all ages for a wide range of conditions by determining the cause of pain and dysfunction, and recommending an appropriate plan of management.
When to go to a Chiropractor ?
Many people are unsure when to go to a Chiropractor, or if Chiropractic therapy is the best option for their back pain. Experiencing back pain is very common, with around 80% of people experiencing an episode of back pain during their lifetime. Whilst back pain can be caused by a multitude of factors, including incorrect posture, prolonged sitting or periods of inactivity, sub-optimal workstation set-up, injury, or underlying structural conditions, a Doctor of Chiropractic is qualified to assess and diagnose the cause of back pain, and can restore function. Back pain symptoms be chronic or acute, and can include muscle ache/stiffness, sharp localized pain, limited range of motion of the back and radiating pain down the leg. Chiropractic therapy also works well in conjunction with other manual therapies such as Remedial Massage. Severe lower back pain is often the trigger for many people to seek out a chiropractic specialist; however chiropractic treatment can also help those not currently suffering from back pain by addressing the body’s central nervous system and keeping back pain at bay.
In addition to chiropractic treatments for back pain relief, research has also shown that Chiropractic therapy can help with symptoms associated with neck pain, headaches, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis pain. Chiropractic treatment can also aid in the diagnoses, management and prevention of sports injuries. Other benefits of chiropractic treatment include improved posture, improved range of motion and better sleep quality.