Are Chiropractors Formally Trained? What Do They Do?

 What is a chiropractor?

If you have back pain or stiff neck, a chiropractic adjustment may be beneficial. Chiropractors are trained health professionals who use their hands to relieve pain in the spine and other parts of the body.

Certification and Training

Chiropractors licensed to practice in Australia must have undertaken university studies in a program approved by an Australian university. Additionally, to maintain registration, chiropractors must attend an annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program to ensure that they are aware of and apply developments in their practice.

To become a licensed health professional in Australia, chiropractors must undergo a full program of professional and academic training. To maintain their accreditation, chiropractors must undergo continuing professional development training every year.

In Australia, a chiropractor will have completed five years of training at a university which may consist of a five-year bachelor’s degree in chiropractic, or a three-year bachelor’s degree followed by a two-year graduate master’s degree. For chiros coming from other countries, completion of an overseas study program accredited by the Australasia Chiropractic Council (CCEA) is required. CCEA’s role as the accrediting body is to assess the quality of teaching and learning in the chiropractic field in the country, as well as to evaluate the training and skills of chiropractors coming from outside of Australia and New Zealand who apply to practice here.

Treatment

Chiro Adelaide practitioners deal with various issues and conditions involving:

  • bones
  • cartilage
  • the nervous system
  • muscles
  • tendons
  • ligaments

During treatment, your provider performs what is called manipulations with his hands or by using small instruments. Manipulations on different parts of the body relieve various discomforts, including:

  • backache
  • neck pain
  • pelvic pain
  • arm and shoulder pain
  • pain in the hip and legs

Chiropractors can treat a wide variety of diseases ranging from constipation to infant colic to acid reflux.

Pregnant women may even need chiropractic care as they get close to their date of delivery. Chiropractors will realign the pelvis, which can help the baby get in a good position (upside down) for a vaginal birth.

Overall, chiropractors can strive to provide a holistic treatment, that is, they treat the whole body, not just specific pain or harm. You will probably see your chiropractor more than once or twice to manage your illness.

What to Expect on Your First Visit

Your first visit to your chiro Adelaide will likely involve you giving your medical history and undergoing a physical examination. Your provider may even request additional tests, such as an X-ray, to rule out fractures and other problems.

From there, your chiropractor will orient you with the setting. You will probably be sitting or lying on a specially designed and padded table for treatment.  So that the chiropractor can treat specific areas of your body, he may have you in different positions. When your chiropractor applies controlled pressure to your joints, do not be surprised when you hear cracking sounds coming from your body!

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