The word chiropractic comes from a combination of the Greek words kheiro and praktikos meaning ‘done by hand’.
Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline firmly grounded in science. Although mainly focusing on the relationship between the skeletal and nervous systems, it is concerned with the care of the entire body. Chiropractors use a range of methods to diagnose the state of your health, including a thorough chiropractic, neurological and orthopaedic assessment that may include the use of x-rays. Particular attention is paid to the neuro-musculo-skeletal system (nerves, muscles, bones and joints) and treatment consists of joint and soft tissue manipulation, and manual adjustments. After medicine and dentistry, chiropractic is the third largest healthcare profession in the world with over 60,000 chiropractors worldwide. Like dentistry, chiropractic emphasises the role of preventative, wellness care, helping to ensure that minor problems do not become major ones.
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic recognises that your body has a powerful ability to deal with and heal various knocks, bumps and injuries, as well as to detoxify and destroy the day-to-day poisons and bugs that you encounter all the time. This healing ability is organised and co-ordinated by your nervous system: the brain and spinal cord, together with all the nerves that connect the spinal cord to every single cell in your body. There are times when your nervous system becomes compromised; this can be due to malfunctioning in the bony system that protects your brain and spinal cord. So, if the normal movement in your skull, spinal column or pelvis is disrupted, this can cause interference with the associated nervous system structures. This is known as a chiropractic subluxation, and can affect any part of your body, preventing you from feeling and functioning to the best of your ability.
The nervous system is bathed in a specialized fluid known as Cerebo-spinal fluid (CSF). CSF is designed to nourish, cushion, protect and remove toxins from the nervous system. It is important that this fluid flows freely throughout the system, helping to keep your brain and spinal cord healthy. Injuries from birth trauma to early childhood falls can lead to a disturbance in the movement of the delicate bones of the skull. This in turn can lead to a disruption in the subtle flow of c.s.f. in the cranial passages. Gentle pressure to the surface of the skull can relieve and restore the abnormal fluid movement that may go undetected for years before a major cranial problem occurs. Chiropractic subluxations can also hinder the flow of CSF, thus influencing the health of the nervous system. Chiropractic is a highly skilled and developed approach to removing subluxations, allowing you and your body to fulfil your maximum potential.
The centre houses the existing Doctors of Chiropractic:
Giles Courtis DC FRCC
Zach McAllister MChiro CCEP
Eric Pahl MChiro