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  • Dr Rebecca Nasserallah

The Basics of Chiropractic Care

Updated: Jan 19


Have you ever wondered what chiropractic care is all about? Maybe you've heard of it, but you're unsure what it entails or how it could benefit you.

Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. It is based on the belief that proper alignment of the body's musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, allows the body to heal itself without the need for medication or surgery.

Chiropractic care has been around for over a century and continues to gain popularity as an effective and holistic approach to health and wellness. Many people seek chiropractic care to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance their overall well-being.

Whether you're experiencing back pain, headaches, or simply want to maintain a healthy spine, chiropractic care may be a viable option for you.

 

What is chiropractic care?

  • Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine focused on the neuromusculoskeletal system, particularly the spine.

  • Chiropractors believe that misaligned joints, primarily in the spine, can interfere with nerve function and lead to various health problems.

  • They aim to correct these misalignments through spinal adjustments and other manual therapy techniques.

 

The core principles of chiropractic treatment

Chiropractic strives to support the human body's intrinsic wisdom, which seeks balance, or homeostasis, among its systems. Chiropractic also highlights the importance of good structure for proper function, with the nervous system serving as the primary coordinator of function throughout the body.

  • Focus on the body's self-healing ability

Chiropractors believe the body can heal naturally when its nervous system functions properly.

In homeostatic balance, biological functions work together. When we are injured or ill, the body automatically heals itself or attacks the infection. We sweat when we're too hot and shiver when we're too cold.

  • Importance of the spine

Because the nervous system is so important in regulating the body, it must function optimally. The chiropractor's goal is to detect and remove any impediments to neurophysiological (nerve function) equilibrium. This improves homeostasis.

  • Proper structure is necessary for proper function

To perform properly, systems must be architecturally sound. For example, when our neck muscles tense, we are unable to fully swivel our heads. When our lung tissue is injured, we cannot breathe properly.

  • Holistic approach

Chiropractic care often incorporates lifestyle advice, exercise, and nutrition alongside manual therapy.


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Common conditions treated by chiropractors

  • Back and neck pain

  • Headaches

  • Joint pain and stiffness

  • Sports injuries

  • Muscle tension and spasms

 

Common chiropractic techniques

Chiropractors use the greatest available evidence and clinical knowledge to diagnose problems with your body's movement. We treat your condition without medicine or surgery and keep it from recurring using the following techniques:

  • Chiropractic adjustments: Controlled movements are applied to joints to improve mobility and reduce pain.

  • Soft tissue therapy: Massages and stretches to release muscle tension and improve circulation.

  • Exercise and rehabilitation: Strengthening and stretching exercises to improve posture and support the spine.

  • Lifestyle and dietary counselling: Recommendations to promote overall health and well-being.

 

Benefits of chiropractic care

  • Reduced inflammation and pain relief

  • Improved joint function and range of motion

  • Reduced tension headaches

  • Potential for decreased reliance on pain medication

  • Improving overall health

 

What to expect at your first chiropractic appointment

At your first chiropractic appointment, we will ask you about your health history and symptoms and conduct a physical examination. We may also refer you out for X-rays, if clinically indicated.

If we believe chiropractic care is right for you, we'll develop a tailored treatment plan. This may include chiropractic adjustments as well as other therapies, such as massage or exercise.


Risks and considerations of chiropractic treatments

Chiropractic care is an effective treatment and has an excellent safety record. The danger of complications is extremely low, but not eliminated. However, no single healthcare service will be suitable for everyone.

  • Side effects: Spinal manipulation can cause temporary soreness or discomfort, but serious complications are rare.

  • Not a substitute for conventional medicine: Chiropractic care should be seen as a complementary approach, not a replacement for conventional medical treatment, especially for serious or acute conditions.

  • Importance of choosing a qualified chiropractor: Ensure your chiropractor is licenced and has undergone proper training.


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Final thoughts on chiropractic care

Chiropractic care offers a holistic and natural approach to improving your overall well-being. From relieving pain to enhancing your body's ability to heal itself, chiropractic care has proven to be an effective and safe method for many individuals.

So, whether you're seeking to alleviate discomfort or simply maintain optimal health, consider adding chiropractic care to your wellness routine. Your body will thank you!


 

Book an appointment at True North Chiropractic for personalised chiropractic care and a treatment plan.

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