Chiropractic is a hands-on, drug-free way to help with spinal health. Chiropractors use a range of non-surgical treatments, including low-force, manual therapy and specific spinal adjustments. They assess every individual to choose a tailor-made care plan to suit each patient. Read more about how Chiropractic works below.
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What is an Adjustment?
Chiropractors skilfully apply a specific force in a precise direction to a joint that is not moving properly. It may be ‘fixed’ or ‘locked-up’. Chiropractors call this an adjustment, which can restore joint motion to help the spine or other joint to regain more normal function and motion to decrease pain.
Adjustments are often performed with the chiropractor’s hands or a specially designed instrument. Some of these adjustments are quick but others may be a constant, slow and indirect pressure, so there are many ways to deliver an adjustment to a joint.
How safe is Chiropractic care?
Chiropractic adjustments are delivered with skill, not force or strength. Manual therapy and low force techniques may be appropriate for some patients. Your Chiropractor will know which is most suitable for you. When compared to more invasive methods, Chiropractic is a very low risk method of spinal health care.
Does age matter with Chiropractic care?
Chiropractic techniques are chosen by your Chiropractor to suit each individual. To deliver the highest quality of care, adjustments may be modified to suit people who use Chiropractic care, from the very young to the elderly. In their later years, more people are consulting their chiropractor to help with pain management and improve joint function.
Does and Adjustment hurt?
Rarely, there may be some discomfort briefly after an adjustment. Most people find it relaxing.
Some types of adjustments may create a popping sound from joints in the spine. This is just a pressure change in the joint as the spine’s movement is improved. It’s like if you click your tongue in the roof of your mouth.
Sometimes Chiropractors use a hand-held instrument or wedges /blocks to help realign your body. No matter what technique is used, they use skill, not strength or force to improve your body’s function and reduce pain.
How qualified and regulated are Chiropractors?
In Australia, Chiropractors are highly qualified, with a minimum of 5 years university study. As they are government regulated and registered, They adhere to National Law and codes specific to their profession regarding conduct and guidelines.
Chiropractors always continue learning and improving their clinical skills. They must do continuing professional development every year to stay registered with the health department, always learning and staying updated with the latest research.
Our chiropractors at Clayfield Chiropractic are always happy to give you information on how to improve your quality of life. Please ask them if you have questions next time you’re in our office.
Author: Cheyne Thompson
Cheyne graduated from Sydney College of Chiropractic and Osteopathy in 1984. She also has postgraduate qualifications in paediatric chiropractic care. Before joining Clayfield Chiropractic Clinic in 1993, Cheyne enjoyed seven years in a Sydney based practice. Cheyne has three children and 2 grandchildren.