What is chiropractic?​

Chiropractic is an evidence-informed, non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline. It is a drug free, surgery free system of healthcare primarily for the musculoskeletal systems (bones, joints, muscles and ligaments) and some of the neurological system (nerves and the spinal cord).

Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, depending on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a history, performing an examination and establishing a diagnosis, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan and recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.

One of the most common therapies a chiropractor uses is spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), which can comprise a variety of adjustment techniques. Specific training in SMT allows chiropractors to provide highly-skilled and precise adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine, correcting joint motion to restore proper movement and improve function.

For many conditions, such as low back pain, chiropractic care is the primary method of treatment. When a multi-disciplinary approach is advisable, a chiropractor will coordinate care with other health care professionals. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical or other treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions.


There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:​

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Pain in the upper limb complex (shoulder, elbow, wrist)

  • Pain  in the lower limb complex (hip, knee, ankle, foot)

  • Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs

  • Headache

  • Whiplash

  • Strains and sprains

  • Work and sports injuries

  • Arthritis

  • Pre-operative rehabilitation of musculoskeletal surgeries

  • Post-operative rehabilitation of musculoskeletal surgeries.

Chiropractic is a regulated health profession in Australia. All practising chiropractors must meet and maintain the Registration Standards set by the Chiropractic Board of Australia. 

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