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WHY SEE A CHIROPRACTOR FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
If you aren’t sure what a chiropractor or chiropractic is, then rest assured, chiropractors are nationally regulated healthcare professionals with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) just like dentists and GPs.
Chiropractors are highly skilled allied health professionals who graduated after the required minimum of 5 years of University training in subjects such as radiology, neurology, anatomy and physiology among many other health and science subjects. They are also required to adhere to strict and extensive educational standards yearly to maintain their registration.
Chiropractic is a drug and surgery free modality of treatment concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system; this includes the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and an individual’s general health. It is based on the teachings of Galen and Hippocrates and the premise that the body can respond appropriately to its environment provided that the nervous system is free of interference. This was further developed by D.D. Palmer in the U.S.A. which led to a focus on the spinal column and its functioning. So today, chiropractors focus on the detection and correction of aberrant spinal or joint function and its subsequent effect on how the nervous system controls and coordinates the body.
“You don’t need a referral to see a chiropractor, just make an appointment”
There are many chiropractors in the Sydney region and Sydney CBD who are seen as experts in dealing with symptoms such as:
- Headache or migraine
- Neck stiffness or pain
- Shoulder conditions or stiffness
- Low back pain
- Rib pain
- Neuropathy or radiculopathy
- Disc injury (disc bulge, disc herniation or ‘slipped disc’)
- Arm pain
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
- Leg pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain or feeling ‘out of whack’
- Foot pain
- Scoliosis or spinal curvature
- Poor posture and
- Other spinal conditions or joint / muscle problems
SOME OF THE CHIROPRACTIC TECHNIQUES WE USE:
Wellness Chiropractic is about maximising and optimising your mind and body performance for the fullest expression of your life potential.
The chiropractic philosophy revolves around the body’s innate intelligence which is more than just a genetic predetermination. It’s the body’s ability to know what to do with itself given the right internal and external environment to produce vitality in health and life potential.
In a vitalistic rather than an allopathic paradigm you have the potential to outperform expectations on your life quality as determined by standard allopathic expectations. The focus is removing dysfunction and distortion to the natural mechanisms of the body as well as nurturing and fortifying those same systems along with a strong, positive and well mind.
Wellness defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of complete well-being” as opposed to being simply free from diseases. A person who does not have any illness may be physically healthy but may be suffering from emotional, psychological, or social issues, in which cases wellness care may be required.
Laid out more practically, the “Well” individual has strong and consistent sources of love and friendship in their life, they have financial independence as well as a purpose in their life, they have age appropriate fitness and good nutrition along with high function of their body systems and manageable stress levels. Ideally they also have spiritual growth along with their own personal development. An example of someone like this could be Anthony Robbins.
Preventative Chiropractic is protecting your most important asset which is your health.
Chiropractic is used by millions of people weekly around the world, principally to help maximise function of the nervous system and to deal with musculoskeletal conditions. The ongoing use of chiropractors is part of a healthy lifestyle along with exercise, good nutrition, stress regulation and other public health measures such as dental checks, good hygiene, pollution reduction etc.
Chiropractors have the distinct recognition as the leaders in spinal manipulation to give you access to modern methods of natural healthcare. The New Zealand Government’s inquiry (1) found that spinal manipulative therapy in the hands of a registered chiropractor is remarkably safe. An Ontario Ministry of Health Report (2) analysis projected that if Chiropractic care utilisation was doubled in Ontario then the Government was estimated to save $348 million Canadian dollars and indirect savings of $1.85 billion Canadian dollars. Other research shows similar costs savings to the economy with the wide spread use of chiropractic.
Spinal hygiene should be thought of as similar to dental hygiene. There are things you can do yourself everyday to keep your teeth and spine at their best but then the health professional helps you deal with the parts that aren’t necessary to do on your own. Further to that you can step up to the world of wellness with corrective chiropractic which is more akin to orthodontics compared to dentistry. This in where more in depth and intensive work for the patient and practitioner is done to produce improved spinal curves (might be poor posture, postural displacement or scoliosis). An overall better posture is not just about looking good, it is part of whether you will perform well or not in the long term. It was shown in the American Journal of Pain Management (3) that “to live a long, active, energetic life, few things matter more than good posture.”.
With the increasing access to funding to do the research that demonstrates not just the neurological and orthopaedic but also health system benefits of chiropractic, the science of chiropractic is becoming increasingly clear: your investment in your visits to the best chiropractor in Sydney CBD or wherever you are, is a long term saving on your most important asset.
CHIROPRACTIC FOR SPORTS
About 90% of elite athletes use a sports chiropractor as estimated by a top sports physiologist. If you exercise but aren’t using sports chiropractic, then you need to ask yourself “what am I missing out on?”.
From Usain Bolt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Venus Williams, Mr Olympia Phil Heath and Michael Jordan to all the American NFL teams and many Olympic teams, so many of the top sports people use sports chiropractic for the simple reason that it helps them get results unlike other health professions.
Research shows that adding a good sports chiropractor to sports physicians and physiotherapists in the management of sports teams can dramatically reduce injury further. The sports chiropractor in Sydney Uni’s focus is on your injury but at the same time chiropractic is diagnosing the injury to your tendon, joint, muscle, disc or bone, it is also assessing what was going wrong to lead up to the injury. Is there poor neuromuscular control? Is there muscular imbalance or over recruitment? Is there biomechanics weakness that you have or that you developed? Is it just poor conditioning?
We show you the 3 keys strategy to recover from sports injury, access peak performance and help eliminate the risk of a season ending injury.
(1) Chiropractic in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry. (1979). Hasselberg PD, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand
(2) Enhanced Chiropractic Coverage under OHIP as a Means of Reducing Health Care Costs, Attaining Better Health Outcomes and Achieving Equitable Access to Health Services. Professor Pran Magna Ph.D., Professor Doug Angus. Feb 1998. (Appendix 6)
(3) Lennon J, Shealy N, Cady RK, Matta W, Cox R, Simpson WF. Postural and respiratory modulation of autonomic function, pain, and health. American Journal of Pain Management 1994;4:36-39
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