What is the difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist?
The main difference between physiotherapy and chiropractic in private practice comes from the origins of each profession. Both are university qualified and registered professions. Physiotherapy has evolved out of a combination of massage, manual therapy and rehabilitative exercises. Chiropractic has evolved from the use of spinal manipulations to treat pain and dysfunction. Physiotherapists tend to use massage, manual therapy and exercises, while chiropractors use manipulation and kinesiology during treatments.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is the technique chiropractors use to manipulate your body, primarily the head, neck, spine and pelvis, with their hands. There are a number of different methods of adjustments that use various degrees of hand pressure and specialised equipment, including:
- Using the hands to press or push
- Positioning the body to use gravity and the body’s own weight
- Using mechanical instruments
- Placing wedges under the body and using the body’s own weight
- Using specialised adjusting tables to assist adjustments
- Using slow and sustained hand pressure or swifter movements.
You may be adjusted while standing, sitting, lying down or in combination – it depends on your symptoms and our best practice advice. Sometimes you can hear a clicking or clunking sound as the spinal joints are adjusted, but this is usually painless.
What’s that loud pop we hear during some chiropractic adjustments?
It is the releasing of ‘gas’ in the fluids around your joints. There are air bubbles in the fluids and as the joint is manipulated the joint opens and the gas is released. It is completely normal and natural to hear the noise.
When a manual chiropractic adjustment is performed there is a separation of the surfaces within the joint. This creates low pressure in the joint (aka suction) and some of the naturally occurring gases dissolved in the fluid produce a bubble which makes the ‘pop’ sound.
Is chiropractic care safe? Even during pregnancy?
Yes chiropractic care is completely safe. Our chiropractors are university qualified, trained and registered with AHPRA – the Australian Health Professionals Registration Authority and the Chiropractors Association of Australia. There is always a risk with any treatment that aggravation may occur temporarily, but the risk of something going wrong or your situation worsening is extremely low.
It is also safe during all stages of pregnancy. Treatments are performed with due care and consideration for you and your baby.
Some of our practitioners are very passionate about treating pregnant ladies as chiropractic care has been shown to assist with more comfortable pregnancies, shorter labor times and less pain killers required during labor. Go to the “Our Team” to find practitioners passionate about pregnancy care!
Should I still visit my chiropractor if I’m not in any discomfort?
Yes, visiting your chiropractor, even if you don’t have signs of pain or injury, helps sustain your body to enable you to fully enjoy your lifestyle. Your chiropractor can assess your body and make any adjustments necessary to help you achieve and maintain a fully active and healthy life.
How long should I see the chiropractor?
As long as you wish. You may decide to stop your visits once your treatment is successful and only return if the pain flares up. Alternatively you may decide to continue with regular visits to maintain regular observation and chiropractic care.
What is NET (Neuro-Emotional Technique)?
NET is an amalgamation of many chiropractic principles and uses manual muscle testing, the physiology of emotions, Pavlovian response, acupuncture meridian correlations, repetition compulsion, and memory and physiological response.
The primary goal of NET is to resolve mind-body stress either via spinal correction or active pulse points found through advanced diagnosis.
For more information got to www.netmindbody.com