Chiropractic treatment is considered to be a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). A discipline that can be used in conjunction with traditional medicine OR as an alternative to standard medical treatments.
Chiropractic specifically involves the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of neuromusculoskeletal disorders. And the effect of these disorders on general health and well-being. Neuro- nerves, Musculo- muscles and Skeletal- joints and bones.
Chiropractic is still a relatively new profession, over 100 years old. It originally arose from The United States and is now taught and practiced throughout the world. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation. (World Federation of Chiropractic)
It involves a chiropractor applying thrusts of various speeds and forces to the spinal/extremity joints that may be causing dysfunction and pain.
Chiropractic adjustments are specific forms of spinal manipulation, an ancient practice that is based on restoring the structural integrity of the spine. A chiropractic adjustment is often associated with a “popping” sound of the joints, this may sound painful but provides immediate relief.
There are over 200 chiropractic techniques, many of them overlapping.
A common misconception amongst the general public is that Chiropractic is confined to management of spinal disorders This is in fact incorrect. Chiropractors are able to manage and treat all joint disorders that may cause muscular or nerve pain. They are also able to treat joint sprains (torn or overstretched ligaments) or strains (an injury that involve muscles or tendons).
Here at Anatomy Rehab, we have a Chiropractor who specifically focuses on using diversified and spinal mobilization techniques. Our Chiropractor is also holistic, so not just focussing on the use of spinal adjustments but also incorporating other therapies such as dry needling, soft tissue massage, exercise therapy as well as nutritional and stress advice. Holistic chiropractors take the “whole” person into account, so not just physical but also including mental and social factors. Balancing the physical, social and mental aspects of the patient promotes optimal healing and wellness.