Can Spinal Damage affect my Health?
The answer is yes! The spine, consisting of brain spinal cord nerves, is your lifeline that protects your nervous system which is the master control system of your body. Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body. Therefore if your spine is not functioning correctly it may irritate your nerves which in turn can affect the functioning of your body. An estimated 80% of us will suffer from a low back pain for a period of 2 weeks or greater during our lifetime. In a recent Australian study it found the incidence of low back pain to be as high as 57% in adolescents. Many of the problems we encounter as adults are an accumulation of injuries which begin during childhood.
What can you do to prevent spinal problems?
Prevent prolonged watching of T.V. The longer T.V. is watched the higher the incidence of low back pain. Correct posture while sitting is important in the classroom. Regular participation in some sports can actually increase back pain. A previous untreated back injury can lead to future recurrence. By using a backpack rather than a hand held bag. Note: backpacks are only effective when worn on both shoulders. Get a regular check up from a member of the Chiropractors Association of Australia. We are all aware of the importance of regular dental check-ups and dental care but many of us are unaware of the importance of regular spinal care. Unfortunately “out of sight, out of mind” is the current approach. Remember, as the twig is bent so grows the tree. So would you like to know the state of your spinal health? Contact a member of the Chiropractors Association today.
Are Chiropractors Well Educated?
Chiropractic education in terms of classroom hours is compatible to that of medicine. In fact the two professions use many of the same texts. The difference is that Chiropractic students will have much greater training in diagnosis and correction of the spine as well as X-ray analysis, while the medical student will concentrate more on pharmacology and general surgery. A Chiropractor’s education never really ends. Most Chiropractors complete many hours of post-graduate studies and continuing education courses. Virtually every Chiropractor attends seminars, scientific symposia and reads professional journals to keep up with the latest research.
What Does a Chiropractor Do?
After deciding to attend a Chiropractic office you will usually complete some simple paper work to help your Chiropractor understand the history of your health. Your Chiropractor will then review your health history and determine if your problem is best helped by chiropractic care. Many patients who understand the importance of correct nerve and spinal functioning come in for a check-up long before any symptoms are present. Remember it is easier to stay well than get well.
FAQ about Chiropractic The Chiropractor will perform a thorough examination. The type of tests that the Chiropractor will perform will be determined by the results of your consultation. The assessment will include various orthopaedic tests, bi-lateral weight scale analysis, postural analysis, reflexes, range of motion, and thermography. At the conclusion of these exams the doctor may recommend having x-rays, however this is based on each person’s individual case. Following any x-rays and tests you will be scheduled for a report to go over your doctors findings. This report is thoroughly explained to you with an outline of what, if any further care will be necessary. Your Chiropractor will outline a program of care which will be best suited to your unique health condition.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Chiropractic care is among the safest in the healing arts. The primary method of treatment that a Chiropractor uses is the “Adjustment”. This is where the Chiropractor applies a gentle force to any fixated areas of the spine (known as a Vertebral Subluxation) to restore normal motion and function. Many different adjusting techniques may be used depending on the patient’s individual problem. All are safer than back surgery, muscle relaxants and even aspirin.
Is Chiropractic for Sore Backs Only?
Chiropractic is definitely not limited to sore backs. Headaches, migraines, pins and needles, numbness in the arms and legs, joint stiffness, hip pain, “growing pains” in children are just some of the myriad of other symptoms that are often removed with Chiropractic care.
CLICK HERE to see the Spinal Nerve Function Chart which clearly shows how each section of your spine innervates with various parts of your body.
Many patients will also report with regular care such things as improved sleeping patterns, greater energy levels, better concentration, improved work capacity and a general overall improvement in wellbeing.
There is no doubt that Chiropractic is considered the most effective treatment for back pain by many health researchers. One such study by the British Medical Research Council even recommended the inclusion of chiropractic within the National Health Service when it was found that Chiropractic care was more cost effective and enabled more people to return to work faster than traditional medical methods of care.
How Much Does It Cost?
Our standard initial consultation fee of $90 is a little more expensive than subsequent visits, as your Chiropractor will spend some time with you confirming your specific needs. Should X-rays be required, this fee may be covered by Medicare. An adjustment fee is $50 per visit with discounts offered to students, pensioners and additional family members.
You do not need a medical referral to see a Chiropractor as they are primary contact practitioners. Most health funds rebate Chiropractic fees, so check with your fund first.
How Long Do I Have To See A Chiropractor?
Think about how you care for your teeth. You brush them every day in order to prevent decay. Like regular dental check-ups, Chiropractic care is an effective preventative measure. Once patients experience the value of Chiropractic care many choose to continue.
What is an Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a specific direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to improve spinal function, improve nervous system function and improve health.
There are many different ways to adjust the spine. The Chiropractor uses their hands or a specially designed instrument to apply a gentle force to a specific area of the spine.
After years of training and clinical experience your Chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches. Regardless of the technique used, each chiropractic adjustment is tailored to suit the patient’s age, size, and unique spinal problem.
Can I Adjust Myself?
Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself.
It is possible to turn or bend or twist certain ways to create a “popping” sound, similar to the sound that sometimes accompanies a Chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint movement is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unstable. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs.
The best way to enjoy the helpful benefits of Chiropractic is to receive an adjustment from your qualified Doctor of Chiropractic.
What is a VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION?
The loss of normal motion or position of the bones of the spine is known as a vertebral subluxation. Once abnormal motion occurs it sets off a chain reaction which affects movement, nerves, muscles, soft tissues and finally the bones of the spine. Chiropractors refer to this as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.
Instead of treating your symptoms your Chiropractor is primarily interested in detecting, reducing, and preventing the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. So how do you become subluxated? This happens when spinal bones lose their normal position and motion from Physical, Emotional or Chemical imbalances such as:
- Physical – From incorrect lifting, bad posture, falls and accidents.
- Emotional – The main three stresses being family, work and relationships.
- Chemical – Both internal and external. Internal chemical stress comes from the foods we eat or bad habits such as smoking or drinking too much. External chemical stresses such as environmental pollutants or passive smoking.
The Vertebral Subluxation Complex Consists of Five Components:
- Spinal Kinesiopathology (Abnormal motion or position of spinal bones)
This occurs when spinal joints become fixated or stuck (they do not go out of place) and they are not moving enough, they force other joints to move too much. This problem can distort normal spinal curves and compromise proper spinal functioning.
Why Do Children Need Chiropractic Care?
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.
Later, learning to walk, ride a bicycle and other childhood activities can cause the spinal problems. While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the unseen damage to the child’s spine is the unique domain of the Chiropractor.
Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” can often be traced to the spine. Regular Chiropractic adjustments can identify these subluxations and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults.
Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine. Most parents report that their children enjoy their Chiropractic adjustments and seem healthier than other children.
Remember… Early detection is the key to prevention.
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