What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural form of healthcare that deals with the relationship between the spine and nervous system. Every message to every part of the body goes via the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves).

The brain is protected by the skull. In order to allow movement and cushioning, the spinal cord and exiting spinal nerves are protected by the spinal column and small cushioning discs. This is where things can go wrong!

Any accidents, compensatory movements from injury, poor ergonomics at work or home can cause stress on the spine. In fact any stress - even emotional and chemical - can cause these bones, (vertebrae), to lock up and lose their proper movement.

When this happens pressure may be placed on these nerves and communication begins to be compromised. We call it subluxation.

Sometimes we are unaware of the problems, perhaps we feel tired or just feel unable to do the things we used to and here is the problem. When movement is lost, degeneration begins. Discs get worn-out from compromised joint movement and the aging process is hurried. Sometimes surgery is needed. One thing for sure is that a weakened spine will cause damage for life.

Chiropractors locate, analyse and correct these "subluxations" or areas of stress. At Back in Action we also teach you how to maintain these improvements and avoid recurrence of them or similar problems. We empower you to be in charge of your own spinal health through providing you with an understanding of your anatomy and exercises, strengthening, posture and stretching exercises that can help you.

Techniques

The ways we adjust your spine will vary from person to person depending on what we think is best and what you prefer. Some techniques are very hands-on and are known as manual techniques, such as Gonstead and diversified.

Other techniques may use an instrument, (activator), or special tables that have moveable parts. These tools are often a technique of choice or necessity when the spine may be aged or compromised due to degeneration or past injury. Some may result in cavitation or a popping noise and some will not. We will explain what options there are and also what we feel will work best for you to ensure that you feel comfortable and get the best results.