A Chiropractor is trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles). They are also trained to understand the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. A Chiropractor has a specialist interest in neck and back pain, but when they assess patients, they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account.
Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions.
Chiropractic is a regulated primary healthcare profession.
The History of Chiropractic
Written records from the ancient Greek and Chinese civilizations, dating back several thousand years, refer to spinal manipulation. The inception of modern chiropractic can be traced back to 1895 when Canadian Daniel David Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment and went on to found The Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1897.
The 20th century saw the growth and development of the profession worldwide, gaining recognition and respect for the place it has taken in the primary care environment. Influential research has underpinned the development of the profession and has come both from both within and outside of the chiropractic research communities.
Chiropractic is unique in that the profession is organised internationally and there are international standards for education.
Sam Pargeter MChiro (Master of Chiropractic)
I came to the Heeler Centre when I was 12 years old because of an ongoing back problem which no one seemed to be able to help. I came in and saw Paul and within 3 sessions my back had no pain. I was hooked, I wanted to be able to do that!
So I did, and here I am.