Chiropractic is an allied health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.
In Australia, chiropractors undergo a minimum of five years of university education and are registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Chiropractors are equipped to diagnose and manage many common health complaints, and will refer or comanage with other practitioners when necessary.
Each patient has different goals when undergoing chiropractic care. Some solely want to be rid of their pain, while others are looking to increase their overall function and optimise performance. Your personalised treatment plan will reflect your diagnosis, and most importantly what you wish to achieve from care.
Your care should:
- be based on an accurate diagnosis
- reflect the latest scientific research, the preferences of the patient, and the experience and expertise of the practitioner
- involve communication with your GP, and other healthcare providers as neccessary