What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a form of health care that involves the analysis, diagnosis and treatment of the neuromusculoskeletal system. It mainly involves manipulation and correction of the spine. Chiropractic is based on the assumption that the human body is designed to move. Unfortunately, numerous factors impact negatively our ability to move normally, for example, a poor posture, continuous long-term strain at work, sitting still for too long and not enough healthy exercise. In addition, accidents and injuries can also impede our ability to move around.
Regardless of the specific cause, the end result is usually a dysfunction occurring somewhere in our musculoskeletal system. When our bodies can not move how they are supposed to, it is only a matter of time before we start suffering health problems.
Thanks to their five-year university education, compulsory annual refresher courses and ongoing training, chiropractors are ideally positioned to assess a person’s health and complaints precisely. During the first consultation, the chiropractor determines whether the complaints experienced by the individual patient fall within his field of expertise or whether they should referred. The cause of the complaints is subsequently diagnosed in a comprehensive physical and neurological examination. If necessary, existing X-rays are requested, or if none are available, they can be arranged via the patient’s family doctor. A specific care plan based on all this information is then drawn up.
Chiropractic care usually consists of applying different adjustment techniques (manipulations) to restore the proper motion for that joint. During a chiropractic adjustment, a “crack” can often be heard. This phenomenon is called ”cavitation”, it is caused by the build-up and release of small gas bubbles in the joint being treated and (contrary to what most people think) not by the bones cracking together. The main goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to increase the patient’s freedom of movement. Manipulations also have a positive effect on the nervous system, which helps to reduce the symptoms quickly. Besides performing manipulations, the chiropractor also gives ergonomic advice and demonstrates specific physical exercises. The purpose of all this is to allow the body to move correctly again.
When a patient’s particular health problems have been resolved, the chiropractor will draw up a post-treatment plan in consultation with them to help reduce the likelihood of complaints reoccurring in the future.