A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine (as quoted from spine health.com).
In Australia, the course undertaken by a student to qualify as a chiropractor takes 5 years to complete and involves a study of general science with the main chiropractic subjects and techniques becoming a principle part of the curriculum in the 3rd to 5th years.
Students are also rostered in student clinics during the duration of their chiropractor course. They progress from simply observing to learning how to both interact and treat patients as a professionally trained chiropractor.
They do this under the strict supervision of qualified practitioners, teachers, and examiners.
Following the final examinations in the 5th year of their chiropractor course, students then graduate and can practice within the community.
The mode of practice is very much dependent on the type of health set up the chiropractor decides to follow.
This can vary from working in private practices as a chiropractor to working in a multidisciplinary setting with other allied health professionals, general practitioners, and specialists.
Post graduate chiropractor courses are also available for those wishing to extend their chiropractor studies into other fields such as paediatrics and sports science.
The mode of therapy used by the chiropractor is ultimately focused around the assessment and diagnosis of the neuromuscular skeletal condition (nerves, muscle, and bones).
The extensive treatment regimes used are always adapted to suit the patient and the focus is to deliver therapies that maximize the body’s ability to heal naturally.
Before such chiropractic treatment protocols are delivered, extensive consultation and discussions are held with the patient to make certain that the patient has both an understanding of the risks involved, the chiropractic treatment, and the expected outcome.
The patient is also encouraged to participate in the healing process by following stretching and strengthening programs and to become more conscious of their environment allowing them to identify situations and/or activities that may hinder their recovery process.
At the Mount Street Chiropractic Centre, we have over 35 years in dealing with both spinal and joint and muscular related conditions and their symptoms.
All assessments and chiropractic treatments are based on sound clinical practices and techniques and a positive client outcome is our main priority.