Chiropractors are the spinal health experts. They treat back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches, back spasm, and migraines. There are over 215,000 consultations with Australian chiropractors each week. Through their extensive five year university training, chiropractors are uniquely positioned to help Australians lead healthy lifestyles through drug-free care.
Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
Chiropractic works by helping to restore your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissue, and organs of your body are designed to function well and resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help reduce interferences to your natural state of being healthy.
16% of Australians visited a chiropractor at least once during 2005 (more than 3 million people per year) according to research published in 2007. Chiropractors are one of the 14 health professions in Australia that are part of the National Registration Scheme requiring registration with the Chiropractic Board of Australia.