Traditionally one would visit a chiropractor to relieve and treat back pain, headaches, neck pain, whiplash, etc.
However, nowadays, we recognize that consulting with a chiropractor may help not only with back and neck pain but with other conditions too, such as baby colic, arthritis, and much more.

1. What is chiropractic?
2. How does chiropractic work?
3. What happens when you visit a chiropractor?
4. Who is your chiropractor?
5. When is chiropractic a healing option?

What is chiropractic?

Quite simply, chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and management of neuro muscular skeletal conditions that are due to mechanical dysfunction of the joints and muscles.

How does chiropractic work?

As a natural and complementary healthcare solution, chiropractic works first to understand the cause and source of the complaint. Chiropractic treatment involves safe, gentle and specific manipulation of the spine and other areas of the body to unlock joints that are moving correctly, to ensure greater and improved movement and to relieve pain. Allowing your body to use its own healing ability correctly and effectively. Creating a healthy balance for a physically fit future.

What happens when you visit a chiropractor?

A visit to a chiropractor is a very similar experience to visiting your GP or other medical specialists. Remember that he or she is a healthcare professional. The difference is the process and treatment of your complaint is always done from a holistic drug free perspective.

For your chiropractor to understand your complaint and eventually treat it, it is important that he or she does a full physical examination. This includes appropriate orthopedic and neurological tests whereby muscle strength, nerve function and joint function, as well as body balance and alignment are determined. Your chiropractor will then be in a position to establish problem areas and identify the source of the complaint.

Once your chiropractor has diagnosed the problem, he or she will recommend a treatment plan. This treatment could be in the form of only a single visit – a spinal or joint adjustment with fairly quick relief. The condition, however, may require further, continued care necessitating several treatments to stabilize the problem. Treatment will most likely include manipulation, soft tissue therapies and other techniques such as heat, ice, ultra sound, massage and exercise to enhance the result.

Chiropractic is not an invasive therapy, however, patients are often required to remove certain items of clothing to enable the chiropractor to examine and treat the conditions appropriately. Gowns are available for you to wear for examination and treatment.

Who is your chiropractor?

Chiropractors are doctors of chiropractic. Having trained for six years they are required to update their knowledge and attend vital chiropractic seminars. To practice legally as a chiropractor in South Africa, chiropractors must be registered with Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (CASA) in the professional body representing over 90% of registered chiropractors in South Africa.

While chiropractic is a drug free healing alternative for neuro muscular skeletal complaints, your doctor of chiropractic is trained to complement the work of other medical specialists and will recommend consultation with specialists if he or she considers it necessary and in the best interest of the patient.

Your chiropractor at East Rand Chiropractic Clinic is Dr Birdsey.

Dr Alice Erero is a chiropractor that is working at the practice.

To find out more about Dr Birdsey, please click here.

When is chiropractic a healing option?

Back Pain
Chiropractic provides a long term, successful solution for sufferers of back pain and is recognized as the most physically and cost effective treatment for back pain.

Chiropractic treats the cause of headaches, not just the headache itself and is the safe and sensible alternative to painkillers.

Neck Pain
Your neck supports the weight and movement of your head. Chiropractic ensures your neck keeps doing its job properly and pain free.

Chiropractic focuses on the root of the problem and goes beyond what may or may not be revealed on an X-ray.

Chiropractics help you appreciate your pregnancy and enjoy the changes your body is experiencing.

Birth Trauma & Colic
Natural birth is often traumatic for both mother and child. Chiropractic may help you and your baby recover from this enormous process.

Arthritis & Joint Pain
Chiropractic takes the edge off getting old and provides natural pain relief for arthritis and other joint pain problems.

Sports Injuries
Chiropractics can ease the pain of sports related injuries and effectively help you recover.