Chiropractic

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is one of the fastest growing allied health professions with over 215,000 consultations per week. Chiropractic care stresses the importance of the intricate relationship between the spine, the nervous system, joints, muscle and ligaments.
Chiropractor table
The nervous system (brain, spinal cords and nerves) control all the functions of the body. Irritation to the nervous system whether by spinal misalignment, disc protrusions, joint swelling, scar tissue etc. can affect the nervous system negatively causing:

  • pain,
  • reduced motion and flexibility
  • numbness
  • weakness
  • or other neurological symptoms

Fort Healthcare Chiropractors

Our chiropractors take a systematic approach to your condition. We believe in optimising your body function so you can perform at your best. We strive to achieve and work towards your goal together.

Our chiropractors at Fort Healthcare place a strong emphasis on diagnosing the root cause of your pain, dysfunction and weakness. We will examine your body as a whole as often the problem may arise from an area that is not experiencing any pain.

We will take a thorough history and examination and may recommend further medical imaging if necessary. After diagnosis, we will explain your condition to you and develop your treatment plan. This will help to reduce your pain levels in the short term, but more importantly address issues to help you stay pain free.

Chiropractors (chiro = Greek for hand) take pride in the fact that our therapy involves our hands. We will use a combination of  the following techniques:

  • joint adjustments or mobilisations
  • stretching
  • massage
  • soft tissue manipulation

We help you remove the irritation from the nervous system and ultimately remove your pain symptoms.

The “Crack”

Many people associate chiropractors with “cracking” the spine but what exactly are we doing? The “crack” is what chiropractors call an adjustment. We have heard many explanations as to what is happening when we crack peoples’ spines.

At Fort Healthcare we believe the spine is an amazing object. It’s main function is to protect our spinal cord which transmits nerve signals from our brain to every part of our body including the skin, muscles, blood vessels and organs. The spine consists of a series of bones called vertebrae stacked on top of each other. Two vertebrae will form three small joints and nerves will exit the spine at each level supplying different parts of our body. Arthritis, disc herniations or other various disorders can cause inflammation which can hinder the movement of these joints. The inflammation not only causes pain but can also irritate tissues in the area such as nerves, ligaments, joints and muscles which can cause further symptoms.

An adjustment is the use of a small specific localised force in a precise direction that restores normal spine movement. A crack can sometimes (not always) be heard when an adjustment is performed. When we restore spine movement, the blood circulation to the area improves, the inflammation decreases and irritation is removed from the tissues. This helps to reduce pain, stiffness or tension or other symptoms.

It is a common misconception that all chiropractors do is perform adjustments. However at Fort Healthcare we believe in a multi model approach. If adjustments are not necessary or if you are not comfortable with adjustments, we have other methods to relieve joints, muscles and ligaments and help treat your problem.