Probably the most common question asked by many people is what does a chiropractor do and what do they treat, especially if you are looking for one in Brisbane. In the past many considered them quacks and their alternative medicine a joke, however, that has changed over the years and they are very accepted today in mainstream medicine.
First off a chiropractor is actually a doctor whose main focus is on the spine. However, they are not medical doctors so they they do not have the MD specification after their name. But, they do have a Doctorate in Chiropractic or DC after their name and this means they specialize in training dealing with the spine just the same kind of training an MD would have. You also will discover that in Brisbane and all over the world, that MD's and DC's work closely together within their own fields of training.
So, then what does a chiropractor do? They focus mainly on the relationship there is between the nervous system and the spine itself. Most of them believe that when the spine gets misaligned, which is very common, it also will affect the entire nervous system. So, by offering regular chiropractic treatments, they feel that the structure of the spine will be restored, therefore reducing the pain and improving the function of the spine along with the nervous system. They also try to educate patients by teaching them exercises and ergonomics.
One of the more common visits for a patient to the chiropractor in Brisbane would be for what is called a chiropractic adjustment. This can range from short term pain relief to long term overall wellness of the spine and nervous system. This however, is thought by some to be dangerous if not done correctly and might even cause strokes, rib or vertebrae fractures as well as spinal hernias. But, a recent study has shown though that the overall benefits of this type of treatment far outweighs the risks.
When a person is given an adjustment, the chiropractor will start off by feeling the spine and then taking note of any complaints from the patient. The procedure itself will involve the chiropractor to gently stretch the spinal joint where it needs to be lined up or adjusted. Often you will hear popping sounds and this is caused from pockets of air that is in the tissue that is around the joint. This type of therapy normally does not hurt but there might be some pain felt after the visit due to the area treated being manipulated. On the average though, most do find relief from this treatment and their spinal movement is improved.