That’s a great question! One that many people tend to ask and don’t necessarily know how to answer. So let’s give you the basics…
Chiropractic is a drug and surgery-free form of primary health care that is concerned with the diagnosis, management, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system; this includes the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.
You see, underlying our practice, is the foundational premise that the body can respond appropriately to its environment (stresses) provided that the nervous system is free of interference.
With just a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology, this premise becomes very easy to understand; because every single function in your body is controlled and coordinated by your Nervous System.
Your nervous system is comprised of three structures - your brain, your spinal cord, and your nerves.
Your brain is the master control organ of your body; it dictates everything your body does - from organizing the movement of your arms and legs, to mounting an immune response, when you encounter germs and viruses.
Your brain relays all this vital information out to your body via your spinal cord and your nerves. These are the communication pathways between your brain and the rest of your body!
It’s safe to say – your Nervous System is the most Important system in your body!
It’s so important, in fact, that your body deems it necessary to encase it in bone; to give it armour, so to speak, in order to keep it protected.
Which armour, you ask?... Well, your brain resides inside your skull, and your spinal cord is surrounded by 24 interconnected, but moveable vertebrae. These are referred to, collectively, as your spine.
Your spine is your body’s central support structure. It needs to be strong enough to provide the support and balance needed to maintain an upright posture, yet it also needs to be flexible and moveable to enable motion, and shock absorption. This co-existence of strength and flexibility, is what allows your spine to deal with the stresses that it encounters on a daily basis.
Your modern lives are chock-full of stress, whether you perceive it or not.
You’re constantly being bombarded by physical, mental, and chemical stimuli.
Prolonged periods of time time spent sitting with poor posture, motor vehicle accidents, constant use of handphones, deadlines, debt, sickness, air pollution, drugs etc…
All of these accumulated stresses, over a period of time, serve to break down and degrade your body – causing dysfunction and ill-health.
Your body’s capacity to adapt to, assimilate or dissipate these stressors is heavily dependent on a healthy nervous system, and a healthy spine
By understanding how your spine and your Nervous System are interconnected – you begin to appreciate the need for maintaining a healthy spine!
The health and function of your spine affects the health and function of your Nervous System.
Chiropractors aim to improve nervous system function primarily through Chiropractic adjustments (paying particular attention to the spine, skull and pelvis), in order to help remove any interference that may be impairing your bodies ability to express “normal health”.
Some common reasons people may seek advice or request Chiropractic care include :
Lower back pain
Recurrent sports injuries
It is our role as Chiropractors to thoroughly look into your presenting history, perform specific orthopaedic, neurological, biomechanical assessments and arrange other specialised tests if needed (X-ray, MRI, medical consult etc.) in order to offer you an accurate diagnosis and direct you with the appropriate health care management plan.
We provide patient-centred care, and approach your treatment as an individual. Tailoring your adjustments (and other treatment modalities) and schedule of care to suit your body and its specific needs. No two bodies are the same, therefore no two treatment programs should be the same.