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.