Did you know that the body is actually designed to live 120 years?
The human body, your body, was expertly and spectacularly designed to be healthy. It is fairly straight forward. If you provide it with appropriate nutrition, hydration, rest and exercise, and are able to minimise the things that stress it, your body will always strive toward optimum health. If your body is sick, overweight, exhibiting high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease or pain, these things are symptoms that your body is under stress, and attempting to adapt. Unfortunately if the body is forced to adapt for too long, it starts to break down.
Your nervous system is in charge of this whole process. It senses changes in your environment and causes your body to adapt. Without a well-functioning nervous system your brain and your body don’t communicate properly, and as in any relationship, if there is poor communication, over time, things don’t work anymore.
Your spine and the surrounding structures provide a massive amount of information to your brain about what is happening in your body and in your environment. As chiropractors our job is to find and correct problems in your spine that stress the body and interfere with the communication. Once the interference is removed, the stress reduced and the communication restored, it is amazing to see and feel the body begin to truly come alive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should see a chiropractor?
Everyone! Chiropractors see clients including elite athletes, pregnant mums, newborns, children, teens, adults and the elderly. You should see a chiropractor if you are interested in optimizing your health, or even if you have a serious illness. Chiropractors are highly trained to know when and how to work with each person to get you the best results.
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
People generally visit chiropractors for help maintaining good health. However there are also many who visit us with symptoms of nervous system imbalance or injuries causing neck and back pain, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle and foot pain or dysfunction.
They may come because they know it helps their digestive system or their breathing.
They come for sporting injuries, childhood strains and sprains and growing pains, headaches, visual disturbances, tinnitus, numbness and tingling and sciatica.
Just about anything you can think of.
We are specialists in helping to remove interference and stress from your body so it can heal itself.
Chiropractors are highly trained health practitioners with a minimum of 5 years post secondary education.
You can come to a chiropractor with any health concern and the chiropractor will either help you, or direct you to the appropriate health care practitioner.
What happens in an initial chiropractic session?
An initial chiropractic session generally lasts approximately 20 minutes to half an hour.
The Chiropractor will go through an extensive health history including information about diet, exercise, life stressors, previous injuries, surgeries and health conditions. This history is designed to get the best picture of you as a whole person in order to give you the best help with your health.
The Chiropractor will then conduct a thorough examination which may include posture pictures and x-rays. On the following visit you will sit down together and go through all of the findings in order to get a clear picture of your situation and your goals, and to decide on a course of action.
Do I need a referral from a medical doctor?
No referral is necessary unless you are seeking payment through Department of Veteran Affairs.
Do I have to get x-rays?
Every person has different needs. If the Chiropractor feels you need x-rays they will send you to get some. These are taken at St. John of God Hospital and the cost is bulk billed to Medicare.
What happens in a chiropractic visit?
The chiropractor will have you lie on a large adjusting table fully clothed.
They will use their hands to feel your spine from top to bottom, feeling for areas of restriction in your spine that indicate an area of subluxation. Subluxations are areas in the spine that cause stress and interference in the communication of information from your body to your brain and back. With your consent, they will use chiropractic adjustments to remove the stress and interference in order to restore proper communication. Once the communication is restored, the body begins the process of healing.
There are many different ways to adjust the spine from very gentle low force techniques to more traditional methods. How your spine is adjusted depends upon the type of subluxation, along with your health status, pain levels, and your degree of comfort with the visit. Your chiropractor will always communicate with you as they works, so you know just what is happening with your body.
Do I have to keep coming back over and over?
The amount of care you require is entirely dependent upon your goals. Your chiropractor works very hard to get your body working again quickly, however it is a process. The body has to unlearn old habits and adopt new good habits. Many people have been feeding their old habits for a very long time.
Generally speaking you will notice a reduction in your symptoms and an increase in your feeling of wellness quite quickly. Actually making a real change, improving function and allowing the body to heal takes time. You may be provided with suggestions for lifestyle changes. It is very important for you to do your part as you learn to get well and stay well.