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  • Writer's pictureDr Claire Chittleborough

Why choose chiropractic?

If you have an injury or persistent pain, how do you know which type of treatment you should choose? Well, of course we’re going to suggest chiropractic care is the one for you… That’s our job! But why should you choose chiropractic over, say, physiotherapy or osteopathy? Or even massage or acupuncture? There are a few unique elements to chiropractic treatment that we feel make it best placed to tackle most relevant issues - let us tell you about a few of them to help you make your decision!

Why should you see a chiropractor?

Chiropractors typically deal with musculoskeletal issues that are causing pain in the muscles, tissues or joints - usually as a result of damage or an injury. But you don’t have to wait until something goes wrong to come and see us - we can also help you to prevent problems arising in the first place. If you are very physically active, have a job that involves sitting or standing for long periods of time, or you take part in activities that involve a lot of repetitive movements, a chiropractor can work with you to reduce the toll these things take on your body.

You can also see a chiropractor for much more than just pain. Chiropractors can help with headaches, fatigue, lack of energy, digestive issues, numbness, tingling and much more!

What’s different about a chiropractor?

Chiropractic treatment primarily uses manipulation techniques to improve alignment and restore movement. We are very hands-on and get directly to the crux of the issue to help your body heal itself.

Chiropractic treatment focuses on the entire body, including the joints and muscles but with a particular focus on ensuring the spine is functioning well, and to remove any obstructions or restrictions to get your whole being working at its best.

Chiropractors take a holistic approach, looking at you as a whole and seeing how different areas of the body affect one another. A pain in your hip, for example, could be caused by an issue in your foot that is causing you to walk unevenly. So, we need to treat the foot, rather than (just) the hip.

Chiropractic treatment feels great! Patients report that both their body and their mind feel better after a session with their chiropractor. On top of that, patient’s regularly see faster results from receiving chiropractic treatment for their injuries, meaning they can get back to the sports field, workplace or wherever they need to be in less time.

What are the benefits of chiropractic treatment?

Aside from dealing with your original issue (which is a major factor), there are some side benefits of chiropractic that make it worth choosing.

Ø Chiropractic improves your posture

As we are leading more and more sedentary lives, we’re also spending more and more time slouched over, which is damaging our posture. Chiropractic treatment helps to keep your spine functioning in tip-top condition, keeping you more upright and less hunched. Plus, our awesome take-home lifestyle advice will make you aware of any potential postural hazards you may run into on a day-to-day basis.

Ø Chiropractic improves your performance

Due to less pain, improved range of motion and greater flexibility, chiropractic patients say that their athletic performance is substantially improved by treatment.

Ø Chiropractic improves your overall quality of life

Following a treatment, you will hopefully leave feeling less pain, more refreshed and ready to tackle everything that comes your way. You may notice small changes like improvements in the duration and quality of your sleep, having a clearer mind (because you aren’t focused on pain) and just enjoying life that little bit more!

The numbers don’t lie

There have been a great many studies that have proven the efficacy of chiropractic treatment for a range of conditions. Chiropractic has been shown to be highly effective for treatment of back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, leg and foot pain, arm and elbow pain, headaches, and much more.

A 2012 study showed that chiropractic was more effective than medication at treating non-specific neck pain. Another study in 2020 found that adults who visited a chiropractor for pain relating to the spine were less likely to need painkillers than those who only saw their regular doctor.

In 2016, a study showed that chiropractic was more effective than movement and exercise at relieving pain in people with chronic headaches, and that these effects were long-lasting.

Researchers in 2015 looked at 544 chiropractic patients and found that 92% saw improvements in their pain, and 80 percent reported improvements in their mobility. There were also high levels of satisfaction from the patients with their treatment.

If you’re now convinced that chiropractic is the way forward, give us a call on 0413 774 399 or email to book your first consultation.

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