What is Chiropractic?


What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic has a long and rich history, dating back to 1895 where the first Chiropractic treatment (or adjustment) took place in the US. The word Chiropractor comes from the Greek words cheir (meaning ‘hand’) and praktikos (meaning ‘done’) – in turn meaning to practice by hand.

A lot has changed over the past 125 years as we’ve had great advancements in our understanding of the human body, science and function; but that basic premise of treating the body holistically, with our hands, as a form of non-drug pain relief has stayed the same.

Do I need a referral?

Chiropractors are primary health practitioners in Australia, meaning you don’t need a referral from your GP, and here at Ace Sports Clinic, we work closely with our multi-disciplinary team consisting of Physio, Osteo, Podiatry and Strength & Conditioning.

What can a Chiropractic help with?

Chiropractic can help you with all your musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and vestibular needs. We have a special interest in the spine and how the nervous system interacts with the rest of the body. 

The spine is the central pillar of our body and it is the protective structure of the spinal cord. The nervous system (including both the spinal cord and brain) is the central controller for all bodily function including but not limited to pain, movement, dysfunction and stiffness. It is important to assess and treat the spine in order to allow the body to heal, prevent injury and enhance performance. 

Injuries, pain and dysfunction that are often seemingly unrelated, typically have a common feature in that there is some relation to the spine.  As this is the case, assessment of the spine both structurally and functionally is likely in your first visit to a Chiropractor, as well as a full assessment of the site of concern and treatment if appropriate.

Some common injuries we can help with:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Spinal injuries
  • Disc bulges 
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Headache and migraine
  • Vertigo and balance dysfunction
  • BPPV 
  • Sporting injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendinopathies

What sort of treatment should I expect?

Treatment will likely include adjustments to the spine (also known as spinal manipulations) which help improve segmental mobility, function and pain.  Chiropractors also use a range of soft tissue techniques like trigger point therapy, massage, dry needling and functional stretching, as well as exercise rehabilitation to enhance your recovery. 

Still unsure? Have a read through the top 4 Chiropractic myths here – https://acesportsclinic.com.au/blog/top-4-chiropractic-myths_117s52