What is Chiropractic and what generally does care involve?

When you feel pain, it is often the tip of the iceberg. It is the body’s natural signal telling you that something is wrong and should, therefore, not be ignored or covered up. The cause must be determined and then dealt with. Constantly treating the symptoms rather than the cause can only result in even longer term or more complex health problems.

In your initial consult we take a detailed history and physical examination to determine the cause of your problem and how it is impacting on your health in general. Most problems we see involve complex relationship between the nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and joints. Chiropractic aims to restore balance between these relationships and ultimately allow the central nervous system (your controller- the brain) to function optimally. By establishing ideal nervous system function we improve learning, behaviour, muscle tone and body control so you can be at your best.

Treatment is different for each patient and depends on where deficits may lie but generally involve increasing motion in stiff joints, releasing tension in tight muscles and strengthening stabilisers to the region. As treatments are different for each patient so to is the recommended course of care. Often in the initial phase a more intensive period of care over the first 2 weeks is recommended to get the best long lasting changes, after this it really depends on the exact problem and how long it has been present.

After the initial phase of care our goal is to help you look after yourself and prevent future problems, the more you can do this the less you need chiropractic care. While this is generally what we recommend it really depends on what you would like to get out of treatment, many patients are only interested in short term pain relief whilst others continue through to maintenance, rehabilitation and self management.

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