What is Chiropractic and why does it work?

Chiropractic (kī-rō-prak’tik)
A proactive and preventive way to achieve optimum health and wellness.

Look, feel and function better.

Chiropractic can help— whether you simply want to maintain your health, or have had injuries, or developed chronic problems like neck and back pain, headaches, bulging discs, sciatica and more.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is designed to locate and analyse these areas of dysfunction in the spine and nervous system and remove these interferences to normal body function.

Chiropractic (ˌkaɪrəʊˈpræktɪk) has come a long way since DD Palmer’s first adjustment on September 18 1895 in Iowa, USA. The word “chiropractic” comes from the Greek words, Cheir (Hand) and Praktos (Done), meaning “done by hand”. Since then, countless people have benefited from chiropractic care.

Chiropractic is taught in colleges around the world and now there are over 100,000 chiropractors in more than 80 countries. The study and practice of chiropractic keeps advancing, from the development of new techniques and equipment, to research into the efficacy and effectiveness of chiropractic care.

Chiropractic started and continues today because it works.

Why does Chiropractic work?

Our body is designed to help us to adapt and thrive. But we face chemical, physical and mental stressors on a daily basis.

These can cause bony misalignments and tension in the spinal cord which persist leading to problems associated with imbalanced posture and abnormal functioning of the body.

Health problems and symptoms like pain can follow. Pain is the fire alarm in our body, alerting us to a “fire” so we can do something about it. But pain that doesn’t go away is common, but not normal.

All these ultimately prevent us from doing the things we enjoy and impact our quality of life

Without interference, we are better adapted, prepared and ready to tackle life’s challenges head on.
To not just survive, but THRIVE.

Chiropractic care is suitable for all ages. It is natural, and a less invasive option compared to drugs, jabs and surgery.

You take care of your teeth by brushing it daily and getting it checked by a dentist.

By extension, it makes sense to take care of your spine daily and get it checked by a chiropractor.

Your spine, and nervous system, is not any less important than your teeth (we say, maybe even more).

The type of chiropractic care (relief, corrective or wellness) and how often or how long you choose to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

Health is something you build every day, not seek it when its lost.

Chiropractic is one piece of the puzzle which together with other health-building habits, allow for maximum healing and optimal health.

Do you…

  • Have a specific health problem like pain or headaches?
  • Feel like you don’t move or function well at work or play?
  • Feel unbalanced, have poor focus, or coordination?
  • Have a poor posture or feel stiff?
  • Feel fine but want to maintain optimum function?

If you don’t look, feel or function well, it could be due to an unhealthy spine.

Not correcting a misaligned spine can cause it to worsen over time.

Poor posture and ergonomics are micro-traumas that add up over time and

  • impair movement
  • speed up degeneration of joints
  • cause symptoms like pain

Chiropractors can help you get well and stay well by checking and adjusting your spine and teaching you how to care for your spine.

So you can be the best version of yourself and do the things that you enjoy.

Considering chiropractic care but not sure if it is for you?

Here are links to 2-5 minute animations that help explain the benefits of chiropractic care, for the young to old.


Curious about what chiropractic care is about and how it works?


What are the many reasons people give to have regular adjustments?


Posture matters more than you think, for kids and adults.


What are the benefits of chiropractic care for older adults?

Did you know? The term “vertebral subluxation” is commonly used in chiropractic and occurs when a spinal misalignment affects the communication between the brain and body. “Luxation” means dislocation, and “subluxation” with the prefix “sub” means “less than” a dislocation.

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