Chiropractic is about bones, isn’t it?
Actually, yes, and no! No wonder we get this question quite a bit.
I’ve heard many people describe problems that people experience like this – physios do muscles, osteopaths do joints, and chiropractors do bones. Well, the truth of it is that your body is so interconnected that most people’s concerns involve a little bit of everything.
So, much clearer, right?
What the above descriptions are missing is the biggest part of Chiropractic care – your neuro-musculoseletal system.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Chiropractic as a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system and the potential effects of these disorders on general health.
Why do Chiropractors concern themselves with your neuro-musculoskeletal system? Well, because your brain, spinal cord and nerves are what control and coordinate the whole of your body. It’s this communication network that sends messages – millions of them, every second of every day – between your brain and all of your body’s parts.
Your spinal cord is protected inside the column made up of all your vertebra (the bones of your spine) and sends nerve branches out to every tiny bit of your body. By keeping these spinal bones positioned and moving properly, Chiropractic can assist with keeping the nerves communicating properly as well.
Whether you have sore muscles, joints not moving properly, or you’re just not bouncing back from overdoing it in the garden like you used to, it’s possible that it’s something more – a body COMMUNICATION problem underlying what you are experiencing that just doesn’t feel quite right.
So, it’s not “just bones” – it’s all of it. And that’s what a Chiropractor looks at, the whole you!