What is Chiropractic?
Your spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae allowing your body to move, twist and bend through everyday motion and activities. It also helps protect the delicate central nervous system that controls and coordinates every organ, tissue and cell of the body. No matter what age you are or profession you take up, the everyday stresses of life can have a great impact on the structure of your spine. Sitting or standing for extended periods of time, playing sport, carrying children or heavy bags, bending, lifting, using mobile phones – essentially all of life’s activities bring with them the potential for spinal misalignments, known as subluxations.
Subluxations of the spine occur when a joint or vertebrae in the spine or the extremities is restricted creating lack of motion in that area and potentially negatively impacting proper nerve communication from the brain to the body. This may result in pain and discomfort and potentially in decreased function to parts of your body.
Chiropractic provides a, natural and drug-free option to locate, correct and prevent these subluxations by providing a gentle, targeted movement where needed to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities. This is commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment.
There are many reasons people seek Chiropractic care. Often neck and back pain can be a triggering cause along with headaches, sciatica, or even hip and joint pain. Today, however, studies are showing that chiropractic care can influence parts of the body unrelated to necks and backs, such as brain function. Studies show that a chiropractic adjustment stimulates the prefrontal cortex of the brain which is involved in behaviour, goal directed tasks, decision making, memory and attention. This means chiropractic may influence overall cognitive function and help our bodies integrate information more efficiently. In fact, according to the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, regular Chiropractic care has been shown to improve brain function by up to 20%*.
Further studies have shown that spinal manipulation can lead to an increase in proprioception, which may decrease the likelihood of falls in older adults*, a critical finding for our aging population.
If you have questions about how chiropractic may benefit you or your family, please contact one of our ten practice locations to secure a complimentary spinal health check!
*Source: Lelic et al. “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study.” Neural Plasticity, Volume 1\2016
Chiropractic For Kids
Being a kid can be tough work! From learning to crawl and walk, to riding a bike, the life of a child is full of opportunities to encounter subluxations. Your chiropractor can play a large role, along with your GP and other health professionals, in ensuring that your child is growing and developing properly both structurally and neurologically. Our chiropractors have been university trained on how to care for children of all ages and apply a variety of gentle techniques to suit your child’s age and level of comfort.