Who are these Chiropractors? Where do they study? Are they actually Doctors?
Chiropractors in Australia must complete a 2 year full-time Masters of Chiropractic in order to become registered, and this is following a 3 year full-time Bachelor of Chiropractic. So 5 years full-time at under-graduate and post-graduate level. Chiropractors in Australia are registered under AHPRA, the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency, the same regulatory body that registers all Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, OT and a total of 14 health professions Australia wide. Chiropractors in Australia are entitled to use the title of Doctor, provided they specify they are a Doctor within the field of Chiropractic.
Why do people visit a Chiropractor? Is it just for back pain?
People consult Chiropractors for a broad range of reasons, however, most people initially present with some form of acute or chronic pain syndrome, eg. back pain, neck pain, headaches etc. Most Chiropractors that I know and work with go to great lengths to educate themselves on all facets of health care, including physical, chemical and emotional health. We do this to provide a level of service to our patients that goes beyond simply making the acute pain go away and to focus more on improving the overall health of our patients, which we believe in the long term leads to healthier patients with less acute pains. This give Chiropractors a unique view of health and is why so many of our patients arrive for their adjustment armed with questions regarding what they can do to improve their diet, what can they change throughout their working day to ensure their body is functioning at the best of its ability and how on earth could a stressful job create enough physical stress to cause their body pain or dysfunction?
But I’m scared to go to a Chiropractor because I think it’s going to hurt.
This is one of the most common misconceptions that I hear from the general public about Chiropractic care. However, the truth is that in my practice after patients have experienced their first adjustment, the most common statement is “Oh, is that it?” It always gives me a little giggle, as I can only imagine what was going through their minds of what was going to happen (think barbaric stretching tables from medieval times!). Like all forms of physical therapy, there may be some discomfort or even mild pain during the treatment, but most of my patients actually find the Chiropractic adjustment to be a pleasant experience and report improvements afterwards.
One final point – Chiropractors are nice people! Honestly. We may be a little kooky in some ways but overall we just want to help. I truly believe that the vast majority of Chiropractors got into the profession due to a passion for holistic health care and a drive for improving the health of our communities.
So please, make an appointment with your local Chiropractor today. I promise it’s not as scary as you may have thought!