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Chiropractors receive five years of training, leading to Master of Chiropractic (MChiro), in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions; these are the result of, or alternatively caused by, mechanical dysfunction of the joints which ultimately have various effects on the nervous system.
The academic training includes standard requirements under the provision of the regulations described within the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 and the (Amendment) Regulations 2006. Chiropractors undergo three years of investigative imaging learning, from an introductory evaluation of spinal and extremities radiographs to then proceed to localization, identification and categorization of abnormal findings in order to gain skills to confidently diagnose a range of common conditions pertinent to those topics
Chiropractors do not utilize medications or invasive therapeutic methods, but rather use their hands to ‘adjust’ the joints of the spine and extremities where signs of restriction in movement are found; this improves mobility and relieves pain. This treatment is known as ‘adjustment’ or ‘manipulation’.
However, physical discomfort and pain have been demonstrated to be dependent on factors such as trauma, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor posture and anxiety, and chiropractors believe that treating as many of these factors as possible, including inadequate or incorrect spinal movements will finally lead to a healthier and pain free life.
By manipulating joints, chiropractors stimulate the joint movement receptors – the body’s position sensors which provide feedback to the brain on where the joint is in space. This stimulation can affect the way the nervous system works. Depending on where the nerve irritation has occurred in the spine, symptoms may include the following:
- neck pain
- back pain
- shoulder, arm, wrist and hand problems
- leg, knee, ankle and foot problems
- postural anomalies
This is because the irritation of the nerve in one area can sometimes lead to pain in other parts of the body; this is known as ‘referred’ pain and any medical professional is aware of it. Painful symptoms are a warning sign which should not be ignored; a chiropractor is trained to diagnose the cause and, if indicated, treat it using manipulation.
Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or use surgical procedures.