What is Chiropractic?
'Chiropractic' originates from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, which means 'done by hand'. The World Federation of Chiropractic defines chiropractic as: 'A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health’.
Chiropractic is a natural, holistic, drug free therapy that involves manual adjustments to the spine and skeletal system to restore normal nerve function. It works on the principle that the nervous system is the building block of all life, and controls virtually every living cell, organ, and muscle in your body. The nervous system is made up of three parts: the brain, the spinal cord, and the peripheral nerves. The brain communicates nerve signals through the spinal cord and peripheral nerves to every cell in your body. The spinal cord is surrounded by 24 movable vertebrae. Any alteration to the normal motion of these vertebral segments will alter the spinal and joint mechanics, and compromise the nervous system’s ability to communicate with the tissues. This alteration can occur due to poor posture, repetitive overload strain, stress, poor diet, accidents, or inactivity. This stress on the nervous system can lead to dysfunction, pain and eventually disease.
What Chiropractors Do?
Chiropractors complete a 4-5 year university degree specifically in chiropractic.
They are primary contact medical clinicians who can also take and read x-rays.
Chiropractors take a holistic approach to the human body and use the bio-psycho-social model.
The bio-psycho-social model is broken down to 2 parts:
1) Bio - Biology.
This involves physical stresses on the body from the environment. Chiropractors identify the areas of spinal alterations (known as vertebral subluxations) and correct them through manual adjustments.
The biology also includes chemical stresses. Chemicals such as vitamins, minerals and substances in the body make the cells work. Poor diet, infections, allergies or deficiencies can lead to chemical imbalances that will affect your health. Specialist chiropractors can assess and diagnose chemical imbalances.
2) The “Psycho - Social”
This is the psychological aspect of health linked to the emotional state of the mind. This includes everything from hobbies to family, friends, sport, sleep, work and much more.
At the tuning room we look to minimise stress in all aspects to optimise health, performance well-being. It’s not just about symptomatic back and neck pain relief, chiropractic is about finding the cause of disease, eradicating it and maintaining optimum health!
BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC
- Spinal and joint pain relief
- Headache/migraine relief
- Decrease muscular spasms
- Increased energy levels and performance
- Increased force and speed of muscular contractions
- Increased joint range of motion and flexibility
- Increased balance and co-ordination
- Enhances tissue healing process
- Reduces risk of injury