What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic concerns itself with the integrity of the human frame.
The original chiropractic philosophy was that nerve interference (pressure on the nerve) could occur if the spine was out of alignment (subluxation).
Whilst this has stood our profession in good stead over the past 100 years, we now know that it is more complicated than that.
Cortically (our brain) has a picture of our body and how it is working, the muscles the joints and even the organs. The clarity of this picture can be distorted if the body is sending poor quality messages back to the brain, this can happen due to trauma, chemical or emotional stimulus.
Our job is to assess the body and determine if there is an area which is not working properly. We usually use a detailed history to give us an indicator of the overall health of the body, our examination then focuses on posture and joint movement. These 2 areas are where we can have most impact. Chiropractors use adjustments to improve posture and joint range of motion and this generally results in improved messages being relayed back to the brain with the patient experiencing less pain and improved health.
However some cases are very complicated and the combined approach with physiotherapy is required to establish normality of the physical body. Sometimes the chemical and/or emotional systems are also at fault and we then need further input from other specialised health practitioners, such as general practitioners, specialists and psychologists.
A chiropractor can be an integral part of a health care team, resulting in better outcomes for the patient.