Firstly Chiropractic translates as “done by hand’’, and is performed by a Chiropractor.
Chiropractic is a health profession specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system (the nerves, muscles, and joints), and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and on general health.
Chiropractic practitioners essentially rely upon non-invasive, drug-free treatment methods, with a particular interest in spinal adjustments, ischaemic compression, dry needling and other soft tissue techniques. If necessary they will refer patients to medical practitioners should medication or surgery be indicated. This conservative approach is further reinforced by Chiropractors in their promotion of healthy lifestyles such as the avoidance of smoking and excess stress, proper diet, and exercise.
A Chiropractors’ main goal is to improve the function of the neuromusculoskeletal system thereby improving ones overall health, well-being and quality of life!
Chiropractic education and training is extensive, and in South Africa, a Master’s Degree in Chiropractic is awarded after a six-year long program, master’s dissertation and a comprehensive internship.