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What Does a Chiropractor Do?

What Does a Chiropractor Do?When seeking an alternative answer to back pain relief, most people find a chiropractor. Many Australians visit Chiropractors each year for back, neck, arm or leg pain relief. Some seek chiropractic adjustments for headaches and nerve-related issues.

Understanding Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractors enable your body to heal itself by aligning the musculoskeletal structure of your body. Adjustments involve hands-on manipulation of the body. The manipulation restores joint mobility. Chiropractic adjustments serve as an important pain relief alternative for bones, muscles, joints and connective tissue. Chiropractors take your safety seriously. In some cases, patients utilise a combination of chiropractic adjustments and standard medical treatment to solve pain problems.

Common Symptoms and Conditions

Chiropractors treat an array of symptoms and conditions. Some of the most common symptoms include back pain, neck stiffness, shoulder pain, numbness, tingling, headaches and joint pain. While chiropractic adjustments are often used by patients in chronic pain they can also help other nerve-related conditions including sciatica, muscle spasms, and disc herniation. Chiropractors also provide relief from various injuries such as whiplash, car accidents, falls and sports incidents.


During the first session, most chiropractors take an assessment of your posture, joint mobility and lifestyle. This assessment may involve various tests and helps your chiropractor find problems with joint movement in the spine. Excessive or restricted joint movement can cause pain from pressure, swelling and inflammation.

In some cases, massage therapy may be necessary to loosen the muscles before manipulation. Manipulation involves a precise thrusting movement of a joint. While several standard techniques exist for adjusting a joint, many progressive chiropractors now rely on tempered movements and stretches to free up joint tension.

The manipulations sometimes cause clicking sounds that alarm the patient; however, any discomfort eases quickly. These clicking sounds come from gases as they are cleared from membranes around a joint. They are not caused by bone hitting bone.

Chiropractors develop a plan for long-term pain management, but regular adjustments are often required to prevent regression. Chiropractic adjustments can help to improve a patient’s posture. Your chiropractor will show you how to make lifestyle changes that can further improve the long-term management of your condition.


Training to become a Doctor of Chiropractic involves 5 years of University based education.

They are well-trained to handle various conditions with patient safety in mind.

Chiropractors have to undergo a program of continuing professional development annually.

If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care and chiropractors, get in touch with us anytime.

If you are needing the skills of a chiropractor and live on the south-eastern side of Brisbane near Hawthorne, Seven Hills, Cannon Hills, Balmoral, Bulimba, and Carina, Hawthorne Chiropractic Clinic is just minutes away and Dr Nicholas Armitage is highly experienced and locally recommended for his skills and gentle approach.

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