What Is Chiropractic Singapore
Chiropractic refers to a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the problems associated with these disorders on general health.
Most of the time, chiropractic care is utilized to treat neuromusculoskeletal issues, meaning that issues that are related to nerves, muscles, bones and joints, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, legs and arms.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that will include patient assessment and examination, diagnosis and treatment.
Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. They work closely with physiotherapists and physical therapists for exercise therapy and rehabilitation.
Spinal Manipulation & Adjustments
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation”, also called “chiropractic adjustment”.
The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become stiff or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. These tissue injuries can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive injuries and stresses , such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for a prolonged period of time.
In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Is it safe?
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.