What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a treatment option suitable for many neuro-musculoskeletal injuries, it is non-invasive and drug-free. Chiropractors help your body to help itself by removing the barriers to your recovery, it can help people of any age, shape, or size, from a newborn baby to the elderly.

A minor accident or injury, left unchecked can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering. Using gentle joint adjustment techniques, chiropractic can restore your natural balance, posture, and movement, releasing irritated nerves (commonly referred to as ‘pinched’ or ‘trapped’ nerves), relaxing muscle spasms and allowing your body to get on with recovery.

Chiropractic treatment aims to ensure that the brain and the body are communicating with each other without interference or irritation. Communication from brain to body is achieved via the nervous system.

The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, it is the master control system of the entire body. The brain sends and receives messages to and from the body allowing it to perform all its daily functions. It is in the brain where we feel pain, the body transmits information about a dysfunctional area to the brain via the nerves and spinal cord.

The spine and skull are a protective mechanism designed to shield the body’s most vital organs – the brain and the spinal cord. If the spinal joints have restricted movement, it can create an interference between the brain and the body which can lead to many forms of body dysfunction and potentially pain.

These spinal joint restrictions (also known as subluxations or misalignments) may not always cause pain but will negatively affect the way in which the body functions primarily showing as stiffness and lack of mobility or decreased range of motion.

Misalignments are usually caused by stresses on the body. These stresses are typically physical, chemical or emotional.

Physical Stressors – Falls, Accidents, Scoliosis, Pelvic Imbalnce

Chemical Stressors – Ranging from a poor diet to toxins such as caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, drugs.

Emotional Stressors – Trauma, personal or work stress

Stages of care

1. Relief Care

This is the process of helping the body out of pain or discomfort. A patient may require Relief Care from an acute injury, a chronic long-term injury or long-term neglect of the body. Symptoms or pain are the body’s way of warning us that something is wrong. Usually the problem has been ‘brewing’ under the surface for weeks to many decades before you even feel it.

2. Stabilisation Care

The transitional period between Relief Care and Maintainance Care. Once the pain from the initial complaint has been reduced or has disappeared, we then go through a process of breaking down bad habits, that the body has created over time and reinforcing new healthy habits e.g. allowing muscles, ligaments and fascia to adapt to a better alignment.

3. Maintenance Care

Designed to improve your health and spinal function through regular chiropractic care. Once the body has achieved stabilisation, Wellness Care helps to prevent the problem from re-occurring whilst continually improving your health. Regular maintenance care helps to address any minor problems before they are given the chance to become more serious problems and keeps you feeling great. Many health-conscious people choose to have ongoing maintenance care. This means that you do not have to be in pain to start seeing a chiropractor.