The use of chiropractic services is widespread. It is estimated that doctors of chiropractic treat more than 30 million people annually.
In Australia alone, more than 12 million visits to chiropractors have been recorded each year, and over 1 million of these visits are paediatric visits according to a report.
Chiropractic care is a more natural form of healthcare and it’s one of the safest medical treatments we have today. Most people think that it’s just for back or neck pain, but it’s so much more than that. If you’ve never seen a chiropractor or never had a chiropractic adjustment before, it’s just natural that you may have some questions and concerns. Properly understanding how it works and how it can help you will give you a clearer vision.
What is a chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a properly trained and licensed individual who practices chiropractic alternative medicine, a holistic approach which helps relieve a patient’s pain without surgery or medication. He or she specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the focus is on the spine, nervous system and the body’s own healing powers. A chiropractor will find the underlying cause of the problem so you can feel and function better, and at the same time, stop you from recreating the problems in the future.
Chiropractors treat pain plus a wide range of other conditions which are believed to be related to the mis-alignments of the spine. By manipulating joints, bones and soft tissues, they can help clients control pain and restore the mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury due to a traumatic event or repetitive stress.
Other conditions treated by a chiropractor include:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Joint and muscle pain
- Ear infection
- Organ function
- Poor posture
In the UK, there are chiropractor apprenticeship programmes and on the job trainings available which can help one get what they want from their career. By being a chiropractor apprentice, one has the advantage to:
— be mentored and work under the care and guidance of an experienced and qualified chiropractor
— gain experience, confidence and responsibility for career progression
— learn business skills and how to actually run a practice
— keep skills and knowledge up to date for continued professional development
— learn different techniques from difficult cases and learning how to solve them
— learn how to give their patients an exceptional experience
The role and effectiveness of chiropractic care is not to be denied. It’s no surprise then that more people become interested in chiropractic education as the profession continues to become more mainstream and integrated.