Chiropractic was invented in 1895 and has since spread across the globe becoming the third largest healthcare profession in the western world. Traditionally, chiropractor’s focus on finding and treating areas of dysfunction within the spine, using manipulative therapy.
The common theory is that these dysfunctional areas can negatively impact aspects of your health. The verdict is still out on what is causing this altered function, although researchers have some promising theories.
Signs that a vertebral segment is dysfunctional include joint pain, decreased range of joint motion, spasming and sore muscles attaching to the vertebrae, and altered posture.
If left alone these areas can lead to back pain, headaches, neck pain and can even altered nervous system function.
Recent studies have suggested that treating these dysfunctional areas may improve the way we sense our environment, process information in our brain and control muscles in our arms and legs. Since the nervous system controls nearly every function of the human body, the door is open as to how chiropractic may help the body perform. Many of the world’s top athletes already use chiropractic with the goal to improve their performance and be the best at what they do.
There is great variety within the chiropractic profession due to diverse beliefs. Techniques can range from using light touch, soft tissue manipulation, needles, specialised tables, thrust adjustments, handheld tools, supplementation and even thought analysis. There are over 100 techniques in existence.
At Karori Chiropractic, we base our approach, techniques and advice on the latest scientific knowledge and research. Find out more about us here.