What Does a Chiropractor do?
Chiropractors are spinal health care professionals. Chiropractors identify and work to correct misalignments in your structure, improve spinal and hip biomechanics and improve nervous system functioning.
The chiropractic adjustment is unique to the profession of chiropractic. It involves the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a fixated joint. The purpose of the adjustment is to improve spinal function, improve nervous system function and improve health.
Do I Need a Referral to See a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners therefore a referral is not required. GP’s may refer certain patients to chiropractors via the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC) for x5 visits.
What Qualifications Do Chiropractors Need?
In Australia chiropractors are five year university trained (at an accredited university) and are government registered and regulated health professionals. To become registered in Australia chiropractors must adhere to strict and comprehensive educational standards. A chiropractic degree program typically includes a three year undergraduate program combined with a two year Masters of Chiropractic graduate program.
Am I Too Old for Chiropractic?
Many patients receive chiropractic care well into their senior years. Adjustments may help keep the spine mobile and prevent worsening posture and disc degeneration. With recent concern over life-time dependence on prescription medications and their long term side effects, chiropractic offers an alternative for many health complaints. Adjustment technique is modified to suit your comfort levels and health.
How Long Will I Have to See a Chiropractor For?
The longer you put off seeking treatment for spinal problems, the longer it may take to treat and correct the issue. Some health complaints require a minimal amount of treatment, others require medium to long term corrective care. Many patients stay on top of their health with infrequent checkups and adjustments.
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