Aberfoyle Spinal Centre

44 Manning Rd, Aberfoyle Park SA 5159

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Chiropractors are not medical doctors, but they get a lot of training and need a graduate degree to practice. Chiropractors are nationally registered allied healthcare workers. They can form part of your allied healthcare team, alongside physiotherapists or occupational therapists. Chiropractors and other specific registered health professionals are allowed to use the title ‘Dr’ as a courtesy title.
Chiropractic care is safe when it is performed properly by a licensed and experienced chiropractor. It’s possible for a chiropractor to make sciatica worse if they are not properly trained or if they use too much force during treatment. Before choosing a chiropractor, be sure to confirm their qualifications and training for peace of mind.
Chiropractic is a natural, hands-on approach to healthcare centred around the function of the spine and nervous system. Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists – chiropractors – use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and improve your body’s physical function.
Chiropractors are primary contact practitioners, which means they can see patients without a referral from a GP. They focus on treating the spine by using their hands to examine and treat health conditions related to the bones, muscles, and joints. Chiropractors use therapies, such as chiropractic manipulation and massage, to treat and prevent musculoskeletal problems. Chiropractic adjustments are joint and spine manipulations that help ease body pain.
The adjustment in which the chiropractor pulls on your leg is called a long axis distraction adjustment. Low back pain can be a result of a hip issue due to the compensation from low back pain, so a chiropractor will adjust the hips as well. Different leg length could be a sign that there is something wrong with the hip joints. This adjustment is designed to gap the effected joint, in the direction the chiropractor pulls.
After careful examination and assessment, there are various reasons why a chiropractor may decide to crack your back. The main one is to move your spine beyond its everyday range of motion which in turn creates more space and freedom of movement. This will then provide a measure of instant relief from whatever discomfort or pain you were feeling previously.
In short, no! There is no age limit on chiropractic and more and more people are consulting chiropractors, especially in their later years. To deliver the safest, most effective, and highest quality care possible, chiropractic techniques are modified appropriately for each person at every age and stage of life.
While brief discomfort after an adjustment can occur, it is rare, and most people find having an adjustment very relaxing. With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a change in pressure in the joint, as spinal movement is improved. Some chiropractors use a hand-held instrument to adjust the spine. Others use wedges or blocks to help realign part of the body. Whatever the technique, chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to care for people with the highest degree of safety and effectiveness.
In Australia, chiropractors share a common tertiary education pathway with osteopaths and physiotherapists and chiropractic education involves undergraduate and/or masters-level university training over five years. All accredited chiropractic programs in Australia include units in basic and clinical sciences. Also included are units in physical therapy, physical rehabilitation, radiology, nutrition, paediatrics, geriatrics, public health, and evidence-based practice. As with other primary healthcare professions, chiropractic pre-professional training requires a significant proportion of the curricula to be clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. As part of professional training, final-year students must also complete a minimum of a one-year supervised clinical internship. All registered chiropractors must complete mandatory continuing education each year to maintain registration and practice as a non-pharmacological, non-surgical spine care and musculoskeletal-allied healthcare professional.
Research over many years shows that spinal manipulation is effective in helping to relieve pain and improve function in people with acute lower-back pain, one of the most common types of back pain. By addressing such things as muscle tension, chiropractors can relieve pressure on the nerves that contribute to lower back pain. Chiropractic care aimed at improving spinal function, having a regular exercise regime, and having a healthy lifestyle can help improve your low back pain.

Chiropractic adjustment is safe when it’s performed by someone trained and licensed to deliver chiropractic care. Serious complications associated with chiropractic adjustment are overall rare but may include a herniated disk or a worsening of an existing disk herniation. Before choosing a chiropractor, be sure to confirm their qualifications and training for peace of mind.

Chiropractors are healthcare practitioners who can identify scoliosis and recommend care that can help relieve or reduce scoliosis pain. Many adults with scoliosis find non-drug, non-invasive chiropractic treatments can help reduce their pain by decreasing the pressure on their nervous system and strengthening their body’s core. While chiropractors are unable to straighten your spine completely, studies have shown a marked improvement in spine curvature, pain, and disability rating among those with scoliosis. When you can then move more freely and easily, it becomes easier to perform the exercises recommended by your orthopaedic doctor to strengthen the muscles supporting your spine.
More and more, evidence supports early referral and assessment of musculoskeletal pain patients to an appropriately qualified musculoskeletal clinician such as a chiropractor. Chiropractors are not only trained to treat musculoskeletal pain patients, but they are also trained to facilitate health promotion and lifestyle advice, rehabilitation, and patient education. People usually seek chiropractic care for back pain, neck pain and headaches, as well as for general health and wellbeing.
There is a common misconception that chiropractic care involves a singular therapeutic technique – spinal manipulation – spinal adjustment. Chiropractors, however, use a patient centred, multi-modal model of care. Most Australian chiropractors provide a therapeutic approach to care that incorporates a range of manual therapies which may include spinal adjustment, but also includes mobilisation, muscle, and soft tissue techniques along with electrotherapies, exercise prescription, rehabilitation, nutritional recommendations, and lifestyle advice. These have been shown to be of benefit to people with a range of musculoskeletal conditions. When treating patients, chiropractors are no different to any other health professional – including GPs. They make an assessment and develop a treatment plan in accordance with the needs of the patient and provide advice on future management strategies.
Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength to conduct specific chiropractic adjustments. Various types of manual therapy and low force interventions are also used where appropriate. Chiropractic care has a very low risk profile, especially when compared with more invasive methods of spinal healthcare however, all forms of chiropractic treatment have the potential for adverse reactions in some people.
A chiropractic adjustment is the application of a specific force in a precise direction, applied skilfully to a spinal joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving as it should. This can help improve or restore motion to the joint, helping the spine to gradually regain more normal motion and function. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually, the chiropractor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant, or indirect pressure. Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, and endurance.
All chiropractors must be registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia and meet the Board’s registration standards, to practise in Australia. Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory, a person cannot call them self a chiropractor (or hold them self out to be a chiropractor) or undertake manipulation of the cervical spine if they are not registered with the Chiropractic Board of Australia.