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Chiropractic has a long and colorful history. From its beginnings in the hands of a Magnetic Healer called DD Palmer, the profession defended itself against the established and aggressive medical model by being a maverick almost evangelic group.

DD Palmer developed the chiropractic theory and method from a variety of sources, including medical manipulation, bone-setting and osteopathy, as well as incorporating unique aspects of his own design.

The term “chiropractic”, derived from Greek roots to mean “done by hand”, originated with Palmer and was coined by a patient, the Reverend Samuel H. Weed.

Chiropractic developed in the US during a period of significant reformation in medical training and practice. At the time, there was a great variety of treatment options, both within conventional medicine and among innumerable other alternative health care approaches.

Today in Australia, Chiropractic is taught in the university system and has been legislated in parliament since 1978. Chiropractic students spend 5 years and thousands of hours studying anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology, diagnosis and a variety of treatment modalities.

Today’s Chiropractor should be…

  • competent in all aspects of musculoskeletal medicine.
  • not just rely on antiquated philosophical ideals and the ‘power of the spinal adjustment’.
  • be up to date with the current research and best evidence.
  • have an understanding that successful patient management requires a consideration of nutrition, lifestyle factors such as exercise and ergonomics, specific exercise prescription, patient psychology, strapping and bracing and many other factors…
  • try to be integrated with the generalised health care system

In 2005, the ‘chiropractic subluxation’ was defined by the World Health Organisation as “a lesion or dysfunction in a joint or motion segment in which alignment, movement integrity and/or physiological function are altered, although contact between joint surfaces remains intact. It is essentially a functional entity, which may influence biomechanical and neural integrity.”

Unfortunately the Chiropractic term SUBLUXATION is a historical artifact and has created large amounts of confusion with other healthcare professionals. The medical profession use it to describe something less than a dislocation.

Chiropractor have historically and often falsely used the term Subluxation to  describe a misalignmentof the spine which can have a major health consequences via interferring with the nervous system and the Inate.

At this Clinic and from the majority of evidence base Chiropractors you will hear terms like Dysfunction, Locking etc to describe where a spinal segment may lose part of its normal motion, which can involve changes in muscular tone, cause ligamentous stress, regional inflammatory changes and nervous system changes to the 1000’s of nerve receptors in the tissues.

Chiropractic practice emphasizes the conservative management of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Biopsychosocial causes and consequences are also significant factors in management of the patient.

As primary‐contact health care practitioners, chiropractors recognize the importance of referring to other health care providers when it is in the best interests of the patient.

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The causes of Back and Neck Pain can be many and varied. Although a majority of back and neck pain is due to musculoskeletal issues.

It is rarely due to serious conditions and rarely need complicated and expensive tests. Unfortunately, back and neck pain is endemic in the population and has often become complicated by those who wish to protect their turf and benefit economically from it.

A skilled practitioner should be able determine those rare cases where something is more complicated and refer for appropriate testing and management by the other health professionals. Chiropractors are part of your Health Care Team!

Most commonly back and neck pain is caused by dysfunction or injury of the joints or soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons) of the spine.

Dysfunction of the joints causes stress to the joint structures and the supporting tissue, which results in pain, stiffness or restriction of mobility.

Injury to the soft tissues results from either acute/sudden trauma (such as a lifting injury) or from the repetitive micro-trauma of daily activities (poor desk posture etc.).

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Neck pain is a powerful condition, affecting upto 70%  of the population in their lifetime Anyone who has suffered from it knows how debilitating, distracting and painful it can be.

Everyday stresses and activities like computer use, driving and sitting for prolonged period can cause imbalances in the spine and nerve system and contribute to neck pain!

Without proper assessment and intervention the odds favor prolonged pain and problems in the future.

Neck dysfunction can also lead things like headaches, difficulty concentrating,  low energy, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue, anxiety, vertigo, , TMJ (jaw) problems, carpal tunnel, wrist pain and tingling in the fingers and arm!

As you can see, neck pain is sometimes not just neck pain – it can be your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and it’s time to address it.

Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer from neck pain any more… through a thorough spine and nerve system assessment, the root cause of your neck pain can be identified and corrected, allowing you to live an active and pain-free life!

head ache

If you suffer from headaches, there’s no doubt that you’re annoyed, frustrated, and probably just plain sick of it! Headaches can be extremely debilitating and suck most of the joy out of life.

Unfortunately, despite this fact, many people put up with chronic headaches or migraines for far too long before they start looking for a long term solution. There are several different causes of headaches…

But one thing’s for certain, finding and correcting the root cause of your headaches should be a priority, instead of waiting for them to begin and then reacting with the consumption of pain- killers or other medication.

Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic care can be a  very effective treatment for headaches and migraines. Put simply, the state of your spine (the upper neck region in particular) has a huge impact on the health of your nervous system, your muscular and joint function, blood supply, and hormone regulation..

Don’t put up with your headaches any longer, come and find out exactly how we can help you to get rid of your headaches and get back to the life you desire.

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The Vertebral Subluxation Complex is a confusing and historical term used by many Chiropractors.  Most evidence based Chiropractors no longer use this term and prefer terms like Mechanical Dysfunction.

A Mechanical Dysfunction  describes what happens when spinal bones lose their normal motion from stress, trauma, or chemical imbalances.

Chiropractic is the term used to describe a profession and Chiropractic Care can entail many forms of treatment which may include spinal manipulation and/or a combination of massage techniques, strapping, nutrition, ergonomic advice etc..

Mechanical Dysfunction describes when a spinal joint loses it normal motion and the supporting tissue are injured or stressed.

Pain and restriction can result from joint dysfunction, muscles can spasm, tighten or switch off, ligaments can become painful and lose their supportive ability, and the 1000’s of nerve sensors in the tissue bombard the central nervous system with abberet information.

This all leads to pain, restricted mobility, and altered central nervous system responses. Mechanical Dysfunction can occur due to acute injury, overuse type injury, stress, or chemical imbalances.

posture

As the technology in our lives advances, we find ourselves sitting for longer and longer periods.

More of us now than ever before have a job that requires us to sit for extended lengths of time, most days of the week.

This has consequently resulted in our poor posture becoming a major health issue in the developed world.

We can all relate to getting a sore low back, or neck if we sit for too long. Whilst pain is one unpleasant consequence, recent research has shown that sitting for long periods, most days can increase your chances of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Premature death is also linked to these diseases. Some health experts have even stated that sitting has become a greater health concern than smoking in the Western world.

As chiropractors, we see the effects of poor posture, and too much sitting, far too often. Many people tell us that they experience low back ache, stiff neck or headaches after sitting.

What most people don’t realise, is the range of other, more serious effects prolonged sitting can have:

  • Altered endocrine function (changes in hormone balance)
  • Decreased digestion (our bowels need us to move, to work properly)
  • Decreased effectiveness of insulin (linked to diabetes and obesity)
  • Negative changes in cholesterol (lowered HDL/good cholesterol)
  • Decreased circulation (from lack of movement)
  • Obesity (burning only one calorie per minute)
  • Inefficient breathing (poor posture leads to decreased lung capacity)
  • Low energy (decreased oxygen to the brain and nervous system)

So, what can we do to counteract the detrimental effects of so much sitting? Very simply, we need to move more. The human body just isn’t designed to sit for long periods of time.

This doesn’t just refer to sitting at work, this includes the time spent sitting in the car, in front of the television or on the computer at home. At least every hour, we need to break our sitting with movement such as walking and/or stretching.

Our sitting posture is very important. The better our posture, the less stress on our bodies. Good posture is essential in all aspects of our lives, every day. Now that so many of us sit for such long periods, our sitting posture is ever more crucial for our health.

Posture is a habit – and just like any other, it can be either a beneficial or a detrimental habit. However, the good news is that we can change our habits. Remember that change takes time. Be patient. Just as exercising is about consistently doing little things to produce a big result over time, so is changing our posture.