Chiropractors in Australia are a nationally registered and a regulated health care profession. Chiropractic is a drug and surgery free modality of treatment concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system; this includes the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. It is based on the teachings of Galen and Hippocrates and the premise that the body can respond appropriately to its environment provided that the nervous system is free of interference. This was further developed by Palmer which lead to a focus on the spinal column and its functioning.
Chiropractors focus on the detection and correction of aberrant spinal function and its subsequent effect on how the nervous system controls and coordinates the body in response to its environment.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutrition, exercise, wellness and healthy lifestyle modification.
In Australia, chiropractors are educated in the University sector at an under-graduate and post-graduate level and there is a growing research and evidence base not only in Australia but through international federations. As with other healthcare professions, there are internationally and nationally recognised standards of qualification to enable practice in Australia and this is part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
Remedial Massage is defined as the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. Benefits of remedial massage include:
At Optimal Health Chiropractic Family and Sports Clinic we believe in a holistic approach to health and that chiropractic and remedial massage greatly compliment one another!
Dry needling is the use of acupuncture needles for therapy of muscle pain and myofascial pain. Dry needling is a procedure in which a filiform needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.
At Optimal Health Chiropractic, dry needling may be used complimentary to chiropractic treatment in the assistance of muscular pain and dysfunction.
Did you know that over 90% of Australians don’t eat the recommended quantity of vegetables each day and around 50% do not eat the recommended quantity of fruit!
Nutrition is an integral part of health and well-being, our bodies require optimal nutrition in order to function at their best in all aspects of life. Whether it be physical, mental, day to day activities, achieving a healthy weight or repair, the food we eat has a huge role in the outcome we desire. At Optimal Health Chiropractic we provide nutritional advice to compliment your care in order to achieve the best results!
Rehabilitation is the process to regain full function following injury and involves restoring strength, flexibility, endurance and power. To perform optimally we need to have muscle balance, strength, flexibility, endurance, balance and proprioception as well as the ability to correctly activate and stimulate particular muscle groups. Dysfunction in muscle groups may lead to injury so a correct rehab program may be tailored by your chiropractor if clinically indicated in order to regain optimal function along with your chiropractic care.
Dry Cupping therapy is an ancient form of therapy in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing to the region. The dry cupping procedure commonly involves creating a small area of low air pressure next to the skin which expands blood vessels and draws superficial muscular and connective tissues to the surface. Cupping is generally not painful and may leave bruising marks on the skin which will return to normal. At Optimal Health Chiropractic, dry cupping may be provided complimentary to chiropractic treatments.
Kinesiology Taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy. Kinesiology tape targets different receptors on application and facilitates inflammation by microscopically lifting the skin to allow fluid movement and drainage. It has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.
Sport taping is the process of applying tape directly to the skin in order to maintain a stable position of bones and muscles during athletic activity. It is a procedure that uses tape attached to the skin to physically keep muscles or bones at a certain position. This reduces pain and aids recovery. Taping is usually used to help recover from overuse and other injuries.
The general goals of athletic taping are to restrict the motion of injured joint, compress soft tissues to reduce swelling, support anatomical structure involved in the injury, serve as a splint of to secure a splint, secure dressing or bandages, protect the injured joint from re-injury, and protect the injured part while the injured part is in the healing process.
Your chiropractor may apply either of these taping procedures where clinically relevant and indicated.