Chiropractic is a system of healthcare 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. With a view to the outcome of individual wellness, the chiropractor helps each individual understand more about helping themselves with diet, exercise, and lifestyle and educates them of their own body's inbuilt healing capacities.
In many countries where the chiropractic profession is now established, such as Canada and Australia, doctors of chiropractic/chiropractors are widely recognised as the spinal healthcare experts in the healthcare system. The chiropractor is specialised in the assessment and management of spinal dysfunction, and educated at an undergraduate level in medical diagnosis for the purposes of referral to other health providers where appropriate.
In Australia, Chiropractors are nationally registered and listed as primary health care providers. This means that the Chiropractor can see you without a referral from your General Practitioner. Although GPs may refer you to a Chiropractor, the Chiropractor has been educated to a level that enables them to refer to other colleagues if your condition requires further care.
Information about the author;
Dr Ryan Hislop is a chiropractor in the Central West of NSW (Mudgee). He is part the Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. For more information see www.chwc.com.au