What Conditions Do Chiropractors Treat?
What Is A Chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a medical practitioner who uses their hands to examine and treat problems within the musculoskeletal system. Problems with bones, muscles and joints can sometimes be too severe for a physiotherapist to treat and in these cases a chiropractor can usually help. Chiropractic patients are usually seeking help with back and neck pain, headache, injuries and joint stiffness, although chiropractic treatments are not limited to these areas.
In many cases, chiropractic treatments are the primary method of treatment for severe musculoskeletal problems. Yet a chiropractor can work in tandem with other health practitioners and is able to refer patients for treatment elsewhere when needed. A chiropractor is alike most other medical practitioners in that they will provide a diagnosis of the problem, treatment options to solve the problem and an estimated recovery time. However, whereas specialist medical practitioners require a referral, chiropractors accept walk-ins.
What Does A Chiropractic Consultation Involve?
As mentioned above, a chiropractor uses their hands to diagnose and treat problems with the bones, muscles and joints. During a consultation, a local chiropractor will examine the areas of concern using their hands and specialised medical equipment (like X-Rays and MRIs), perform hands-on treatment and even recommend dietary and lifestyle changes when diet and lifestyle are negatively impacting a patient’s health.
A chiropractor will manipulate the spine, use force to increase the range of motion of joints, apply heat or ice, teach stretching and apply soft tissue techniques such as massage according to the location of the problem: to relieve its symptoms. Your local chiropractor can also recommend exercises and behavioural modification, provide lifestyle advice, perform physiological therapeutics and drop-table techniques and prescribe orthotics. Your chiropractor will discuss treatment options with you before beginning any of the above.
What Conditions Can Be Treated By A Chiropractor?
People commonly visit a chiropractor for help with:
- back pain
- neck pain
- strains and sprains from daily activities
- overuse injuries
- work and sports-related injuries
- restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs
If you are experiencing any of the above to the degree that it has a detrimental impact on your life and ability to function normally, then the best idea is to consult a chiropractor immediately. Similarly, if you are experiencing painful joint and back problems caused by work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, and even the stress of daily living, please call your local chiropractor today.
Seeking Pain Relief? Visit Willetton Chiropractic Today
Experiencing frequent pain in the bones, muscles or joints is not normal. Willetton Chiropractic are passionate about helping clients to live healthier, pain-free lives. Book an appointment today to discover how chiropractic care may be able to help you.