Why use a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors are required to adhere to strict and extensive educational requirements and standards to become registered health professionals in Australia.
Australian chiropractors are five years university trained, and are government registered and government regulated health professionals.
To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you must have studied an accredited 5-year full time chiropractic program conducted at a University within Australia, or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractic Regulating Authority.
Successful completion of the whole program of study is required for professional registration as a chiropractor.
A chiropractor’s education never ends. After entering practice, all chiropractors must complete continuing professional development courses and seminars to up grade and improve their skills and to stay current on the latest scientific research in order to stay registered.
WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is a natural health care profession focused on the health of the spine and its related structures (including the nervous system).
Some of the reasons people may consult chiropractors are:
Bulging or herniated discs
Shoulder, hip or extremity problems
For advice or help with a health condition
To enhance or maintain spinal health and wellbeing
Some of the benefits of chiropractic care may include:
Reduced tension, pain, headaches and other symptoms
Greater flexibility, strength and muscle coordination
Help with spinal degeneration/arthritis
Higher productivity and performance
Improved ability to concentrate and stay on task
Greater energy and vitality
Greater ability to relax and cope with stress and change
Greater emotional wellbeing
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutrition, exercise, wellness and healthy lifestyle modifications.
The World Health Organization definition of chiropractic (Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005) is:
“A health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a particular focus on subluxations.”
WHAT IS A SUBLUXATION?
A subluxation is a word used by chiropractors to describe restriction/dysfunction in a joint and the effects this may have on the nervous system and other systems within the body.
The World Health Organization definition of subluxation
(Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005) is: “A lesion or dysfunction in a joint or motion segment in which alignment, movement integrity and/or physiological function are altered, although contact between joint surfaces remains intact. It is essentially a functional entity, which may influence biomechanical and neural integrity.” Note: The chiropractic subluxation is different from the medical subluxation, in which a medical subluxation is a significant structural displacement, and therefore visible on static imaging studies.
WHAT IS AN ADJUSTMENT?
A chiropractic adjustment is the use of a specific force in a precise direction with the intention to help normalise spinal function. It is applied to a joint or tissue that is fixated, locked up, or not moving properly.
The World Health Organization (WHO) definition of an adjustment (Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005) is: “Any chiropractic therapeutic procedure that ultimately uses controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude and velocity, which is applied to specific joints and adjacent tissues. Chiropractors commonly use such procedures to influence joint and neurophysiological function.” World Health Organization, Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A CHIROPRACTOR?
Doctors of chiropractic:
Use evidence, clinical experience, patient values and patient preferences
Deliver a high standard of chiropractic adjustments, manipulation and other manual treatments
Embody a tradition of caring, effectiveness and patient satisfaction
Collaborate and coordinate care with other health professional
Work to enhance patient quality of life and performance
Promote vitality, wellness and patient empowerment
Help to improve quality of life without drugs or surgery
Offer readily accessible care and advice on self-care