Chiropractic is a form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to improve health issues related to the muscles, skeleton and nerves in the body (the musculoskeletal system). In Australia, practicing chiropractors are government registered and regulated health professionals. Australian chiropractors must complete a five year university course and continually meet professional standards set by the Chiropractic Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
What is a chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a university trained spinal health specialist. They provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment of spinal conditions without the use of drugs.
Who can benefit from chiropractic treatment?
Nearly everyone can benefit from chiropractic care. Modern chiropractors use a variety of techniques to adjust the spine, making chiropractic treatment safe and effective for everyone from newborns to the elderly.
The Chiropractors at Walker Family Chiropractic use a variety of techniques designed to help with specific concerns or to improve specific functions. These techniques include:
– Diversified manual adjustments
– Sacro-Occipital Technique, including Cranial techniques
– Activator methods
– Webster Technique
– Drop-Piece techniques
– Soft-tissue therapy
– Peripheral Joint Manual Adjustments and Mobilisations
Having such a range of techniques to choose from allows your chiropractor to find the safest, most effective and most comfortable adjustments for your care.
Types of people we work with:
Newborns: A rapidly expanding field of chiropractic care is paediatrics. The chiropractors at Walker Family Chiropractic have a special interest and training in providing paediatric chiropractic care.
Children: Falls, bumps and crashes are a normal part of growing up and exploring our environment. However, because children grow so quickly, some of the smaller problems caused by these accidents can create bigger issues later in life. Chiropractic care may help restore normal biomechanical function in children, alleviate discomfort and pain, allowing for normal physical and neurological development to occur.
Athletes: Elite athletes have long used chiropractors for treatment of injuries, injury prevention and maximising performance. By using a whole body approach in assessing the athlete, chiropractors can identify and correct poor movement patterns or imbalances.
Adults: Back pain and headache/migraine are two of the most common reasons people visit a chiropractor. Effective care of these concerns is part of the reason why chiropractic is so popular today. Over time, changes to our lifestyle has led to an increase in sedentary activities which can be more stressful on the spine. Chiropractors not only address the symptoms but look for an underlying cause.
Pregnant women: Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy is becoming more popular with many women. As the mother’s body changes (physically and hormonally) to accommodate the developing baby, new stress and pressures are placed on the spine and pelvis. Chiropractic care may help decrease some of the discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy and in recovery after the birth.
The elderly: One of the main reasons older people in the population visit chiropractors is to manage pain from sore joints. For the elderly, chiropractic care can reduce pain levels and increase mobility and independence. This can in turn improve muscle tone, bone density and mental health. Other benefits include maintaining joint movement to decrease or prevent the effects of degeneration. Also, because chiropractic works with the nervous system, it can help with balance issues.
Call us today on (02) 6772 8590 to book your initial appointment.