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  • Chiropractic care focuses on dysfunction of the neuromusculoskeletal system and improving quality of life.
  • It may involve manual therapy, including chiropractic adjustment, mobilisations and soft tissue therapy, as well as lifestyle advice and home exercises.
  • Chiropractors are primary care practitioners who have undergone five years of university training and continue to expand on their knowledge upon completion.
  • They work in conjunction with other health professionals when appropriate to ensure that the best interests of the patient are met.

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What do chiropractors do?

Chiropractors are experts on spinal health. They receive five years of university education and are both government registered and government regulated.

Chiropractors provide a holistic, patient-centered and evidence-based approach to health care that is surgery and drug-free. The care they provide simultaneously aims to identify and address the cause of the problem in addition to reducing pain and symptoms.

Chiropractors help to restore proper spinal biomechanics and improve functioning of the nervous system. Chiropractic care may be effective for a number of issues, including but not limited to: back pain, neck pain, headaches, poor posture, sciatica, sporting injuries and injury prevention.

While chiropractic care is centered around spinal health, chiropractors are trained and skilled in treating various conditions of the extremities, such as tennis elbow, osgoodschlatter’s disease, frozen shoulder, hip pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervaine’s tenosynovitis, and much more.

What is an adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a skilled controlled force applied in a precise direction to a joint that is “fixated” or not moving properly.

Some adjustment methods are quick, whereas others may require a slow, constant or indirect pressure. This may be done with the chiropractors hands or using a specially designed instrument. You may hear a “pop” or “crack” with the adjustment which is due to a release of gas bubbles in the synovial joint fluid. While this sound is often associated with an adjustment, it is not a guide on the effectiveness or value of the adjustment.

Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?

Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal related health problems. Bumps and falls that are associated with learning to walk, riding a bicycle and other childhood activities can contribute to spinal problems.

Chiropractors have the unique skill-set to identify potential underlying structural damage after bumps and falls. Regular chiropractic check-ups may be able to identify problems at an early stage and help to avoid some of the spinal health complaints seen as adults.

Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to suit a child’s spine. The treatment of infants and children is very gentle and requires different techniques to those used for adults. The practitioners at Synaptic Health have had additional training to enable us to adapt safely to the needs of children and infants.

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Is chiropractic care safe?

Chiropractic care has an excellent safety record as a health profession. All forms of medical practice have inherent risks, and your chiropractor will discuss with you any that may apply to your particular case. To put into perspective, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs, in relation to the treatment of neck and back pain.

How long will I need care for?

This will vary from person to person and may be influenced by a number of factors such as the duration and nature of the condition. Usually, a new injury will respond to care with fewer visits than a problem that has been present for a longer time.

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Am I too old for chiropractic care?

More and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their later years. Improving spinal function through chiropractic care may help improve mobility, vitality and endurance.

Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic disorders often associated with aging. Your chiropractor will modify the adjusting technique to ensure maximum comfort and results. “[Over 55’s] chiropractic users were less likely to have been hospitalised, less likely to have used a nursing home, more likely to report better health status, more likely to exercise vigorously, and more likely to be mobile in the community. In addition, they were less likely to use prescription drugs.”