What is Chiropractic care?
There is nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It is a natural method of health care that focuses on correcting the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is able to heal itself better. This is because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement and all functions through your body.
Why do people go to a chiropractor?
People consult us for one of three reasons:
- For treatment of a specific problem.
- To prevent the problem from returning.
- Others are interested in getting to the cause of their problem, improving their level of spinal health and wellness, as well as the symptoms, and getting back the life they used to have years ago that they had dismissed as ‘getting older’.
Is Chiropractic safe?
We believe that not only is chiropractic safe and effective, it is one of the safest of all healing arts. Technique selection is tailored to suit the individual. Your practitioner will consider your health issues to determine the most effective and safest course of action.
We regularly care for people who vary in age from newborn to elderly.
What training and qualifications does a chiropractor receive?
Chiropractors are required to adhere to strict and extensive educational requirements and standards to become registered health professionals in New Zealand. Chiropractors in New Zealand are trained for five years in the university and are government registered and government regulated health professionals.
To become a chiropractor in New Zealand you must have studied as accredited five year chiropractic program conducted by an appropriate institution, or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the New Zealand Chiropractors Registration Boards.
What do chiropractors study?
Chiropractic university courses are of similar length and depth as medical courses, but focus on promoting healthier lifestyles via better body function, rather than on drugs and surgery.
Additionally, chiropractic education involves a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects.
How long will I need chiropractic care?
Several factors are considered when determining your treatment plan, including the results of your examination, when your symptoms began, your daily activities and your level of stress. Every case is different, but most patients begin to respond favourably within the initial weeks of care. Once pain relief is obtained, many patients choose to continue periodic visits to maintain the results they’ve achieved. By emphasising patient education, you become as self reliant as possible. How long you decide to continue to benefit from chiropractic care is ultimately up to you.
Do you treat children?
Yes, and they usually respond wonderfully to treatment. I often find in a history with adults that they remember a childhood fall or trauma which started their spinal problems. If they had come to us after the incident they would face much less spinal trouble as an adult.