What is Chiropractic?

‘Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.’ (World Health Organization 2001)

It is a health profession that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractors aim to restore health and prevent injury by improving the structural integrity of the body, primarily the spine, but often work on other joints as well, including hips, knees, shoulders and feet, assessing the whole body not just the site of pain.

At Natural Balance Chiropractic we use manual treatments – chiropractic adjustments (manipulation), mobilizations of the spine and joints and soft tissue work, combined with advice on rehabilitation, nutrition and lifestyle, with an aim of allowing the body’s natural state of health to fully express itself.

Like traditional medicine, chiropractic is based upon scientific principles of diagnosis through testing and observations. Treatment is based upon the practitioner’s extensive training and clinical experience.  Unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat disease once it occurs, chiropractic attempts to improve the health of the individual naturally in an effort to avoid illness and injury in the first place.

The word “chiropractic” comes from the Greek words cheir (hand) and praxis (action)  and means “done by hand.”