Chiropractic is a healthcare profession focused on disorders of physical health, in particular the muscular skeletal system and related effects on the nervous system as well as general health. It is a non-invasive therapy, which is based around the body’s ability to innately heal itself without relying on the intervention of drugs or surgery.
|Body Reflexes – Proprioception
Your brain always knows where your body parts are as there are millions of tiny sensors within every body tissue constantly transmitting information about pressure, temperature and movement back and forth; this is called proprioception. If an area of the body is not working properly, either through injury, repetitive strain, chemical or other imbalance it can lead to associated muscles becoming weakened, tight and painful due to interference in the information cycle of the nervous system.
|Assessment and Treatment
The job of the chiropractor is to assess the body as a whole to ascertain where the imbalance is originating from. At Element Chiropractic we use muscle testing in adjunct to traditional chiropractic postural and orthopaedic tests to assess the function of each part of the body in turn. Treatment types vary depending on the kind of condition presenting, duration of the problem, general health, pre-existing conditions and age of the patient but all are aimed at stimulating the neuromuscular system to function better. A variety of different techniques are utilised and an explanation of each one when prescribed will be provided during your consultation.
The chiropractic spinal adjustment is a quick movement applied in a predetermined direction to a particular joint by the chiropractor’s hands. It may produce an “audible release” which is the term used for the cracking noise created as gas is formed and released inside the joint capsule. Studies have shown that the application of a manual adjustment to an irritated joint increases its range of movement, decreases nerve pain receptor activity, reduces surrounding muscle spasm and improves the overall function of the area. The application of an adjustment is very fast but should not be painful. As with any healthcare intervention some mild side-effects are possible (most commonly feeling like you’ve had “a good workout” in the area for 24-36 hours) but with thorough testing prior to treatment we aim to limit this possibility as much as we can by doing only what is necessary to instigate the healing process.