• What is CHIROPRACTIC?
• What type of education do chiropractors receive?
• What are the benefits of adjustments?
• Can chiropractic treatment provide a preventative function?
• Can Chiropractic help Osteoarthritis?
• Is chiropractic covered by Medicare?
What is CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body.
“Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “done by hand.”
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the intricate communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If these nervous system pathways are impaired, malfunction of the tissue and organ function throughout the body can result. Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutrition and exercise, wellness and healthy lifestyle modifications.
What type of education do chiropractors receive?
Chiropractors are required to adhere to strict and extensive educational requirements and standards to become registered health professionals in Australia.
Australian chiropractors are five year university trained, and are government registered and government regulated health professionals.
To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you must have studied an accredited 5-year chiropractic program conducted at a University within Australia, or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractic Regulating authority.
What are the benefits of adjustments?
Simply put, adjustments show improvements in range of motion, decrease in pain, and relaxation of muscle tension. These changes translate to improved biomechanics, which can help treat and prevent injuries. The most dramatic effect is the relief of pain and tension without the use of medication or surgery. For example the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians published guidelines in 2007 recommending manipulation (adjustments) as a non-medical treatment for acute and chronic low back pain.
Can chiropractic treatment provide a preventative function?
Clinical experience suggests that individuals with chronic conditions such as degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) or recurrent neck pain, back pain or headaches may experience less frequent and less severe symptoms when under regular chiropractic care. This also applies to individuals in highly stressful situations and those who experience repetitive physical and postural strain from their daily activities.
Can Chiropractic help Osteoarthritis?
There are many types of arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is Osteoarthritis. Although there is not a cure for osteoarthritis, Chiropractic management improves mobility, and flexibility and therefore reduces the pain in patients with arthritis is what we see every day in our clinic. There are many ways chiropractors can assist patients to manage their arthritis. If you feel that you may be suffering from arthritis but are not sure, it may be worthwhile getting checked out. Sometimes arthritis is found but is not what is causing the pain. If you have any concerns make sure you speak to a Chiropractor and together get you pain free and moving.
Is chiropractic covered by Medicare?
Two Medicare programmes are available that cover up to five visits of Chiropractic care. The Chronic Disease Management (CDM) and Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) provide Medicare funding for patients with chronic and complex conditions. You will need to speak to your GP to sign the appropriate paperwork. So 5 of your C
hiropractic visits can be claimed through Medicare.
If you feel you may be eligible, speak to your GP or contact Sydney Chiropractor on (02) 9223 3031 Action Health Centre