Would you like to improve your flexibility and posture, increase performance and mental clarity, and enhance the vital functions of your body?
Have you considered chiro?
Using gentle spine and joint manipulations, chiropractic aims to remove pressure and blockages on nerves, and allow your body to function at its full potential.
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What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a manual form of medicine that focuses on your spine and nervous system – the master control system of your body, comprising your brain, sense organs, spinal cord and the nerves that branch throughout your entire body.
It is based on the idea that tension, misalignments or altered positioning of your spine (subluxations) interfere with the flow of information and energy along your nerves and throughout your nervous system. This reduces your body’s ability to coordinate its functions, adapt to changing requirements and heal itself.
Doctors of chiropractic focus on improving the function of your spine, helping your nervous system to function at its optimum.
What if I don’t have a sore back?
Chiropractic is not just for sore backs (although it can be great for helping this too)!
Your brain controls every part of your body, including digestion, skin, senses, reproductive health, emotional health and immunity to name a few. Keeping your nerves clear and working at their best allows your brain to keep everything in your body functioning to its greatest capacity.
What causes misalignments?
Research shows that misalignments, or ‘subluxations’, can form in response to stress – physical (injuries, accidents, birth, prolonged poor posture, repetitive movement), mental and emotional (upsets, arguments, personal traumas, work pressure, life/career changes), and chemical (toxins, additives and chemicals used in food production, smoking, medications and other pollutants in our environment).
But I’m not in any pain?
Subluxations can exist without obvious spinal pain or tension.
The structure of your spine allows it to naturally absorb enormous amounts of stress and tension. When one joint or region becomes tense or restricted, other parts of your spine that are moving well simply move more to compensate.
Subluxations can begin in early childhood yet spinal pain or other obvious symptoms don’t usually appear until many years later when your spine is simply unable to absorb or compensate for any more stress and tension.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is the application of gentle and specific force directed into a joint. Also known as a manipulation, it is usually done by hand to restore normal alignment, motion and function to that joint.
When this is done by hand, an audible release (or pop) is often heard. This type of adjustment immediately releases natural pain killers into the joint called ‘endorphins’.
Adjustments can also be performed with aides such as an activator (a small spring loaded adjusting instrument), a drop-piece table (which allows for a lighter adjustment) and blocks (wedges that are placed under the pelvis which gently move the spine).
Does an adjustment hurt?
A good adjustment performed by a competent chiropractor should not hurt; however, if the joint being adjusted is already inflamed you may find the adjustment to be a little tender.
What if I don’t hear a ‘pop’?
A pop does not need to be heard to restore proper functioning to a joint. Most patients like being adjusted manually, but some don’t. In these cases we use other tools such as the activator.
Who can be adjusted?
Typically, any person at any age and in any physical state can be adjusted.
Chiropractic techniques can theoretically be adapted to anybody.
What happens in my first chiropractic consultation?
During your first chiropractic consultation at True Health, your new practitioner will take a detailed medical history (including the history of your condition, family history, previous trauma, current medications, etc). They will also perform a mechanical and neurological examination (checking your posture, range of motion, orthopaedic tests, reflexes, etc), and most likely administer your first adjustment.
Most patients will be referred for a spinal series of x-rays at the end of their first consultation. The x-rays are often bulk billed and are able to be taken at many locations.
Treatments are generally painless.
If you have a joint or spinal region that is already sore or inflamed, chiropractic adjustments can leave you feeling a little tender for a few hours after care but this should ease over a short period of time.
Initial treatments can last up to 50 minutes. Subsequent chiropractic appointments last for 10 to 20 minutes.