What is a Chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a primary spine care practitioner with the tools and knowledge to efficiently treat spinal complaints, particularly low back pain. Low back pain is now recognised as the leading cause of disability in the world. It is commonly recognised in clinical guidelines to utilise up to date advice, soft tissue treatment, exercise, acupuncture, spinal manipulation, heat and other non-drug approaches to care...all of which a chiropractor can administer.
What to expect from a Chiropractor session:
A consultation with a chiropractor will involve a thorough history and clinical exam. This is usually enough information to provide a diagnosis. Chiropractors can refer for scans and images if necessary, triage patients to the correct treatment, and refer patients elsewhere if necessary.
Treatment usually takes place on the first visit with advice on heat, ice, exercise, stretching and practical information on how to move safely. We usually provide treatment options to the patient, whether that be specific corrective exercise, soft tissue treatment, dry needling with acupuncture needles, or spinal manipulation. These are evidence-based treatments recommended by recent high quality guidelines. The most important component will be the patient-centred approach and shared decision making.