Chiropractic is the art of manipulation of the body to restore all neuromuscular joint dysfunction and help the body to re-establish its instinctive ability to be healthy and disease free.
Chiropractic is a brilliant alternative therapy that has proven results. The aim is to treat the cause of the problem and not only treat the symptoms which arise, that being primarily pain.
Chiropractors are doctors that specialize in neuromusculoskeletal (nerves, muscles and bones/joints) conditions. This means that they diagnose and treat problems arising from nerves, muscles, bones and joints. Their primary concern is locating and treating vertebral dysfunctions. A vertebral dysfunction, simply put, is a spinal segment (i.e. vertebrae) which is not functioning or moving as it is supposed to be. This could lead to functional or structural changes occurring within the spine. When this happens, it affects the way the nerves work, which in turn affects the way the body functions as a whole.
Chiropractors focus on whole body treatment as the spine is a part of a chain. One area of dysfunction creates another area of dysfunction and pain and so on. Their focus is to correct all abnormal functioning in the spine and joints, to ensure pain free living.
If an area of dysfunction is located, the chiropractor applies a gentle force or thrust over that area. The patient may experience an audible click. This is the joint releasing gas, creating a bubble and easing any areas of inflammation and irritation.
For more information, visit the Chiropractic Association Of South Africa's website: https://www.chiropractic.co.za/