What is Spinal Joint Dysfunction?
Spinal Joint Dysfunctions are misalignments in your spine that can impact upon or interfere with normal spinal joint motion and associated muscle functioning. This can lead to weakness within the spinal joints and local muscles potentially increasing the risk of injury and strain.
Spinal Joint Dysfunction can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. It can occur in infants when learning to walk and crawl or the elderly with falls and the development of poor posture.
By releasing/correcting spinal joint dysfunction and reducing muscle imbalances your body can can get back to functioning in a balanced, strong, pain free way allowing you to get on with living the life you want to lead.
What is an Adjustment?
A chiropractor uses a precise technique called an “adjustment” to restore movement to a joint, to release pressure on the spine or joints, and to remove interference caused by spinal joint dysfunction. The adjustment restores function to the specific spinal joint and enables it to function effectively and reduce muscle tension and spasm. Chiropractic adjustments are gentle and effective.
Our Chiropractors are trained to use a variety of different ways of performing adjustments – these are tailored to our clients and their needs. Not all clients have “manual” adjustments (where there may be a popping sound – refer to “What about that Popping Sound?”). The typical chiropractic care of infants and young children involves the use of low-force low-amplitude techniques.
We also use a simple instrument called an “activator” to apply gentle pressure to joints/spine that achieves the same end result.
Our Chiros do a thorough exam before adjusting you and will talk to you about your needs! We also consult with other health practitioners when indicated to ensure the most appropriate care and health outcome.
What Qualifications Do Chiropractors Have?
A Chiropractor trains for 5 years at University to learn how to identify and correct spinal joint dysfunction. Our Chiropractors, Gray Moritz, Dr Carla Wood and Dr Louise Christophersen are registered with AHPRA (a body of the Australian Government that monitors all health professionals).
Our chiropractors are required to regularly attend seminars and workshops to keep up to date with advances in chiropractic and healthcare.
Since the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895, the chiropractic profession has rapidly grown to be the third-largest field of health care behind medicine and dentistry. In fact it is the LARGEST surgery-free, drug-free health profession in the world!
There are many different techniques which are used to restore normal spinal joint health. All of the techniques that we use at our practice are gentle and effective (and can be tailored to you…whether you are a newborn child or a 90 year old great grandparent!). We use specialised techniques for babies, children and the elderly.
Chiropractic is remarkably low-risk, as outlined by the Chiropractor’s Association of Australia on their website: Published studies and reports through the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme show that chiropractic is a low risk health modality. While chiropractic treatment is generally considered safe, occasionally it may cause adverse reactions in some people. Similar techniques by other practitioner groups who have the ability to practise restricted acts as defined by law, also demonstrate low risk and harm.
What Causes Spinal Joint Dysfunction?
A number of factors may lead to spinal joint dysfunctions….
- poor posture,
- trauma (falls, whiplash, bumps & bruises!),
- birth (including both normal & traumatic births),
- learning to crawl and walk,
- work/school environment,
- sport – impacts, tackles, overuse injuries,
- certain types of stress – emotional/chemical.
What about that Popping Sound?
Gas is sometimes released when your Chiropractor restores movement to the joint (an “adjustment”). This sometimes makes a popping sound and this is completely normal.
The popping sound does not happen with every adjustment and depends on the technique used. There is not usually any pain associated with the popping sound.
Note: the bones do not actually “crack” – it is just the sound of gas being released between the joints!
Do I Have to Get an Xray?
Your chiropractor will individually assess your spinal health and based on a thorough health history and physical examination determine whether an xray is required or not.
In many cases an xray is not required but based on your health history sometimes we require further information to either determine the severity of a problem or give us better information to provide the best care possible.
If required we will tell you the reason why and the type of scan required.