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When you experience local pain, the real problem has often started elsewhere. For example, a problem with your lower spine can lead your upper spine to compensate causing headaches. Alternatively, a lower back problem may affect the way you walk, leading to ankle or knee pain.

By viewing the body as a single organism, Chiropractic treatment can help arrange of problems related to the skeleton and muscular system. It addresses the cause of your pain, paying special attention to the spine, to put you on the path to recovery.

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Back complaints make up one third of all work cover claims in Australia

History of chiropractic treatment

While spinal manipulation has been used in healing for thousands of years, modern Chiropractic treatment was developed in the…

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late 19th century. Published research has shown that it can be effective for people with a range of spinal and other problems.

Chiropractic treatment for disorders

Research supports the use of Chiropractic for a range of disorders, including:

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  • Back injuries
  • Headaches
  • Lower back pain
  • Migraines
  • Period pain
  • Problems with posture
  • Sciatica (shooting pains in the leg)
  • Problems with other joints such as the knees, shoulders, feet and hands. The experience of some chiropractors and some studies also show that chiropractic management may help other conditions. However, more research is needed in this area.

 

What the Chiropractor does

Our chiropractors will talk to you about your condition and complete a thorough physical examination. This may involve watching you stand and move, feeling your spine, head and pelvis, and requesting x-rays if required.

You may be adjusted while standing, sitting, lying down or in combination. You can sometimes hear a clicking or clunking sound as the spinal joints are adjusted, but this is usually painless. We use a number of different methods of adjustments, including:

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Using the hands to press or push

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Positioning the body to use gravity and the body’s own weight

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Using mechanical instruments

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Placing wedges under the body and using the body’s own weight

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Using specialised adjusting tables to assist the adjustments

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Using slow and sustained hand pressure or swifter movements.

Special considerations

If you have specific health conditions or other issues, we will take them into account when deciding on your treatment. To ensure your safety and comfort during treatment, your chiropractor will assess issues including:

  • Whether you have signs of or diagnosed arthritis
  • Any suspected or recent fractures, bone breaks or trauma
  • Disorders of the circulation
  • Whether you are, or have recently been, pregnant
  • Your body size
  • Your age – whether you are young, elderly or frail
  • The medication that you are taking
  • Previous treatment, including operations.

Chiropractors are primary contact practitioners, which means they are trained to recognise when their treatment is appropriate and when a person should be referred to another healthcare practitioner.

Where to get help

Subiaco Chiropractic is a Registered chiropractor.

phoneChiropractic Board of Australia.

Tel. 1300 419 495

mouseChiropractors’ Association of Australia.