What is a Chiropractor?
In Australia, chiropractors are a nationally registered and a regulated health care profession. Chiropractic is a drug and surgery free form of health treatment concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of musculoskeletal and mechanical disorders. Chiropractic often also addresses problems in nervous system function and general health.
Chiropractic has an extensive history, originating from the teachings of Galen and Hippocrates which were further developed by Palmer. It operates under the belief that the human body can respond appropriately to its environment provided that the nervous system is free of interference. It also is heavily focused on the spinal column and its functioning.
Chiropractors focus on the detection and correction of aberrant spinal function and its potential effects on the body’s nervous system and coordination.
In order to practise chiropractic care in Australia, chiropractors are educated in the University sector at an under-graduate and postgraduate level for five years. Chiropractors must also be recognised under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and be legally registered as a practising chiropractor.