Relieving crook backs and soothing sore shoulders is all in a day’s work for a Chiropractor, but the profession is much more complicated than just ‘cracking necks’. If you’ve ever wondered ‘what exactly does a chiropractor do?’ this article is for you.
Chiropractic care is a massively popular form of physical therapy. Simply put, it focuses on naturally alleviating pain in the musculoskeletal system by manipulating and correcting misalignments of bones and joints.
If you’re looking into the benefits of chiropractic care for the first time; or have been getting it for a while and want to know more about what’s happening, this blog will highlight key points and put some rumours to rest about the profession.
What They Do
Chiropractors treat pain anywhere in the body. You may think of spine and neck corrections when the profession first comes to mind, but the practice can assist with pain in the head, jaw, shoulders, arms, ribs, hips, knees, ankles and more.
The theory behind chiropractic treatment is that if the body has proper alignment, it can naturally heal most ailments without medication/surgery. Chiropractors can diagnose, treat and prevent musculoskeletal disorders affecting the function of organs, nerves and muscles. So, a spine problem could be putting pressure on other things in your body; a chiropractor can alleviate that problem by correcting the root of the problem, the spine!
A chiropractor will consider your entire musculoskeletal system to treat a problem because sometimes the pain you’re feeling is actually referred pain from another area. Chiropractors will look at if your joints are moving correctly, if you have any abnormalities in posture or bone structure, and may check that your surrounding muscles are functioning in tandem with your skeletal system.
Chiropractors can assist people in every age group. From infants to the elderly, you’re never too early or late to receive proper chiropractic care. There are some physical conditions which may rule out chiropractic care. If that’s the case, our expert team at BodyViva can direct you to the proper resources.
What Certification Must A Chiropractor Have?
Myth: Chiropractors do not undergo proper, certified training.
Fact: In Australia, to become a registered chiropractor you must have completed an accredited five-year chiropractic program either at a University in Australia or have finished an accredited program overseas that meets the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractic Regulating authority.
But even after that, a Chiropractor’s study is never really over. All chiropractors must complete additional professional development courses for their career duration, so they are up-to-date on the latest scientific practices.
How Can They Help?
Most people book with a chiropractor because of pain, poor posture or want injury prevention. Our team of experts want to educate you on how your body functions and get you the best possible assistance.
Myth: Chiropractic care is all spine cracking.
Fact: Cracking is one treatment style common in chiropractic care, however, there are numerous other treatments they specialise in to provide care to patients.
Our chiropractic team may use mobility and exercise-based treatments like stretching, massage and lifestyle advice to bring you the best possible results. We often implore patients to do some out of clinic exercises to complement spinal manipulation.
Chiropractic Care Can Help With:
- Improved joint mobility and function
- Pain relief
- Prevention of joint degeneration and arthritis
- Decreased muscle/joint inflammation
- Muscle relaxation
- Improved blood circulation
- Healthier pregnancy
- Improved breathing, energy levels and digestion
- Improved athletic performance
Regular pain doesn’t need to impact your day-to-day. At BodyViva we offer a range of services from health experts to help you overcome pain and get back to normal. Our chiropractic service is just one of the many holistic practices we offer. If you start to feel the early signs of pain, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a health professional. Contact us today to start taking steps towards a more comfortable life.