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WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?


Chiropractic is safe, gentle and unbelievably effective and the 3rd largest health-care system in the world. The nervous system is known as the “master control system”, controlling EVERYTHING that happens in the body. Interference to the nervous system caused by misalignments of the spine (known as a vertebral subluxation) significantly robs the body of its ability to function at 100%, and is the cause of many common health conditions people suffer from every day. By realigning the spine, chiropractic allows the body to function free from interference, just as nature designed. The body requires no help, just no interference.




HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER I NEED TO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?


Just like we go to the dentist for regular check-ups, everyone should get his/her spine checked. Less than 10% of your nervous system perceives pain, the other 90% is responsible for allowing your body function properly; it is possible to have nerve interference and feel perfectly healthy. How you feel is a poor judge of your health. By the time symptoms appear, many spinal problems are advanced. Chiropractic focuses on correcting the underlying cause of the problem (vertebral subluxations) and showing you ways to keep from recreating the same problems in the future.




WHAT IS A VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION AND HOW IS IT CAUSED?


A vertebral subluxation is a condition where the spine shifts out of it’s nice healthy position, placing damaging stress on the nerves, the spinal cord, the discs and the vertebrae, causing dysfunction, and in some cases pain. Left uncorrected, it can lead to degeneration (wear and tear) of the spine and a lifetime of poor health. This is because pressure on the nervous system is just like putting a kink in a hose – if there is pressure on the nerves the body cannot function and heal at optimal levels. A physical stress such as a fall, injury, sudden jar, trauma, or sometimes an inherited spinal weakness can cause the spine to shift out of its nice healthy position. Other causes include improper sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards, repetitive strain via computer use or TV watching, incorrect lifting practices, obesity, lack of rest and exercise, and stress. Even emotional factors such as stressful relationships or workplaces, and chemical factors such as poor diet or exposure to toxins (such as cigarettes or alcohol) are frequent causes of subluxation. The birth process itself, for both the mum and baby is also a common cause of subluxation. Subluxation can occur to any one of any age – this is why we specialize in care for the entire family at Casuarina Chiropractic.




HOW IS A SUBLUXATION CORRECTED?


Through gentle adjustments, Chiropractor’s help to restore the spine to its nice healthy position so the nervous system can function and heal at its full potential. Where necessary, we also prescribe specific exercises and traction to be completed at home to help you get the maximum benefit from your adjustments, and minimize the effects of repetitive activities on their spine and nervous system.




HOW MANY ADJUSTMENTS WILL I NEED?


This is a question that we can answer only after a thorough consultation and examination has been performed. Recommendations will be based on the severity of your health concerns, the condition that your spine is in, and your specific health goals.




SHOULD MY BABY OR CHILD HAVE THEIR SPINE CHECKED?


Absolutely! At Casuarina Chiropractic we check many babies and children to ensure that their spines are growing healthy, straight and strong. Our practice members range from just days old, to those in their nineties. Regardless of age, the vertebrae can become misaligned, and this can disturb the delicate spinal cord and nerves, which control the youngster's muscles and organs. The birth process is often the cause of the very first subluxation, and in a study of births requiring intervention by a Doctor (such as forceps, induction or excessive force) 95% sustained upper neck injuries. And the average child’s life isn’t exactly stress free – the average 5 year old has had approximately 2000 falls, of which 200 are considered serious – all of these minor (and sometimes major) traumas have a compounding effect. Many childhood conditions such as ADD, asthma, ear infections, growing pains, scoliosis, recurrent colds and flu can be caused by misalignments of the spine, and many spinal problems found in adults could have been prevented had they taken care of their spine and nervous system from a young age. An early chiropractic check-up may detect many spinal problems while they are still easily correctable, and could be one of the most valuable gifts a parent could give their child.




CAN I HAVE CHIROPRACTIC CARE IF I AM PREGNANT?


We see many pregnant women at Casuarina Chiropractic. Chiropractic care can make for a more comfortable pregnancy and labour. Because of the additional weight and stress on the framework of the body, chiropractic adjustments can help lower the incidence of pain in the low back and legs, and between the shoulder blades. Chiropractic care is also important for the pregnant woman to ensure the spine and pelvis is well aligned for a smooth delivery process.




WILL I BE ADJUSTED ON MY FIRST VISIT?


Generally not. At Casuarina Chiropractic we pride ourselves on being very safe, thorough and effective. In order for us to do this a thorough consultation and examination (including x-rays if necessary) will be performed, and we will want to review these findings before we perform any adjustments.




WHAT TECHNIQUES WILL THE CHIROPRACTOR USE?


Dr Jane has a range of different techniques, which enables her to safely take care of people of all ages, from babies to the elderly. She utilizes manual techniques, which are what chiropractic was founded on, and more modernized techniques, which use the assistance of a drop table, and other specialized adjusting instruments such as an Activator. The type of care that we give is determined by both the patient’s preference and the condition of their spine. Some of the techniques are so gentle that even babies and those who have advanced osteoporosis are able to have chiropractic care.