A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. (World Federation of Chiropractic, 2001).
Chiropractic is the largest allied health profession in the world and has enjoyed a long history of positive influence in health care since the early 1900's in Australia.
Chiropractors recognise and value the importance of cooperatively working with other health care professionals
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects our health and wellbeing. Chiropractic also focuses on extremity joints and muscle function
Chiropractors effectively correct spinal and joint problems with gentle spinal adjustments performed by hand or by specialised instruments. There are also a range of low force techniques, soft tissue massage, mobilisations and rehabilitation that may be utilised in care
These specific corrective procedures help to restore joint function, enhance muscular balance, improve balance and proprioception thus promoting enhanced nervous system function and contributing to optimal whole body health.
Chiropractors complete a minimum of 5 years of nationally recognised training and are licensed with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and governed by the Chiropractic Board of Australia (CBA)