If you’re new to Chiropractic, you will be pleased to know that the practice itself is not. Chiropractic care has been around since 1895.
While most people associate Chiropractic with neck or back pain, the Chiropractor looks at the body in its entirety – from head to toe to help restore the body back to balance.
The word Chiropractic means ‘done by hand’. The Chiropractic adjustment is a movement that guides the joints of the body back towards their correct position. This adjustment or alignment of the subluxated or misaligned joint can reduce the strain and irritation to the joints, nerves and surrounding tissues. The result is the feeling of less pain, looser muscles and, over time, a reduction in inflammation.
Chiropractic is a manual or hands-on therapy that that focuses on the mobilisation and correction of subluxated (misaligned) joints of the body and how that correction affects the nervous system.
With a subluxation, the joints can become inflamed, the muscles can become flaccid or taught and the nerves can become over or under excited. This presents in the body as a localised ache or pain, tight or crampy muscles or pain that radiates or refers to another area of the body. This could present as pins and needles down the arm or leg, or a flanking pain that travels around the body or up from the neck, presenting as a headache.
While a Chiropractor may help you recover from your pain or injury, their focus is on maintaining the function of your body and nervous system. This may also come in the form of lifestyle, fitness or nutritional recommendations. Your joints, muscles and nervous system are the trinity of health that are integral to a healthy functioning body.
The Chiropractic adjustment involves a very specific manipulation and pressure that is applied to the joint to assist in the recovery of function, mobility and realignment. Whilst Chiropractic is very safe, no drug or manual therapy comes without side effects. It is important to talk with your Chiropractor about any concerns you may have. One of the common side effects from your first adjustment, is achy muscles or joints. This is like the first time you do any exercise. The muscles are not used to functioning in this new fashion and can take 24-48 hours after the adjustment to settle. This ache should not be painful. If this does occur, you should seek further imaging or examination by your Chiropractor.