Why Chiropractic?

Family Care

A misalignment of the spine and interference to the nerve system with become evident by way of symptoms if left long enough without care. Chiropractic care can help many people not only get out of pain, but help to improve their function, be that at work, in the gym or just around the home. Growing research studies now show that chiropractic care can alter and enhance muscle function in the general population and in some types of pain syndromes. (1.1, 1.2, 1.3) In addition it also shows that for those in sports, chiropractic can improve reaction times (1.4) increase muscle strength and prevent muscle fatigue. (1.3)

Adult patients present to us for chiropractic care with a variety of conditions including

  • hip pain
  • leg pain
  • back and neck pain
  • headache
  • sciatica
  • vertigo
  • shoulder and arm pain
  • knee and ankle pain
  • poor sleeping
  • jaw and sinus issues

Golden Oldies

Chiropractic care is for anyone with a spine and nervous system, no matter the age. With falls being a significant cause of death and serious injury in the elderly (1.5), we value the importance that chiropractic care to help with these balance issues, as well as many other symptoms associated with aging and the degenerative process. Research shows that chiropractic care can help to improve sensorimotor function related to falls risks in the elderly as well as have benefit in quality of life improvement. (1.6)

References:

 1.0 Fast A. 1987 ‘Low Back Pain in Pregnancy’ Spine. Volume 12 Issue 4
1.1 Haavik Taylor H, Murphy B. Transient Modulation of intracortical inhibition following spinal manipulation. Chiropractic Journal of Australia. 2007;37:106-116.
1.2 Haavik Taylor H, Murphy B. Altered sensorimotor integration with cervical spine manipulation. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2008;31(2):115-126.
1.3 Niazi I, Turker K, Flavel S, Kingett J, Duehr J, Haavik H. Increased cortical drive and altered net excitability of low-threshold motor unit levels to the lower limb following spinal manipulation. Paper presented at: World Federation of Chiropractic’s 12th Biennial Congress April 6-9, 2013; Durban, South Africa.
1.4 Kelly DD, Murphy BA, Backhouse DP. Use of mental Rotation reaction-time paradigm to measure the effects of upper cervical adjustments on cortical processing: a pilot study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therpaeutics. 2000;23(4):246-251.
1.5 Stephenson S, Langley J, Trotter M. Impact of Injury in New Zealand. 2nd ed. Dunedin. Injury Prevention Research Unit; 2005.
1.6 Holt, K. Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care in Improving Sensorimotor Function Associated with Falls Risk in Older People. Auckland, New Zealand. Department of Population Health, University of Auckland; 2013.