What is Chiropractic? The word ‘Chiropractic’ derives from the Greek words ‘cheir’ and ‘praxis’, that when combined translate to “done by hand.”
Chiropractic is a regulated primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and management of conditions that are due to mechanical dysfunction and problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially relating to the spine.
Chiropractors use their hands to assess, detect and then correct joint and muscle problems. This is primarily achieved by safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation that helps reduce pain and stiffness as well as increasing movement in the joints of the spine or other areas of the body.
Chiropractic manipulation is also called an adjustment, which is a small but fast movement of the joint which is restricted. This is sometimes accompanied by a "popping" or "clicking" sound. This is caused by the release of an air bubble within the joint, which is completely harmless and actually incidental to the treatment.
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.