Moving Joints Removes Pain Chiropractic Really Is Well within Your Grasp

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Moving Joints Removes Pain Chiropractic Really Is Well within Your Grasp


What does your job entail? Chiropractors are doctors who specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of neuromusculoskeletal problems without the use of drugs or surgery.

Their main focus is the relationship between the function of joints, muscles and the nervous system, and the effects of disorders of these body parts on general health.

The job entails evaluation, identification, correction and prevention of conditions such as back and neck pain, sports injuries, headaches, and pregnancy related back pain. Patients range in age from the very elderly to young babies who often present with colic, reflux and sleeplessness for which chiropractic is helpful.

The spine is of central importance, and the principle treatment is joint manipulation or adjustment. Treatments vary depending on the age and condition of the patient and also include mobilisation, electrotherapies, and soft tissue treatment. We also give advice on exercise and nutrition if required.

Before starting treatment, it's important to take a complete history and do a thorough examination to establish an accurate diagnosis, including various orthopaedic and neurological tests as well as posture and motion assessments. X-rays and other laboratory tests may also be necessary.

Besides the hands-on work with the patient, there's an administrative side to the job. This includes writing up patients' files, writing referral letters, and dealing with medical aid and accounting issues.

Describe your average work day: I work five days a week and one Saturday a month, seeing patients in 30-minute sessions with a short lunch at midday.

Generally each consultation consists of a history, which is more lengthy with a new patient. All the details of the treatment are filled out during the consultation, then there's a quick discussion on progress and whether further treatments or referrals are needed.

Best part of the job: It's rewarding to see patients get better, and I love interacting with people especially babies and children. …

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