Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and their effect on general health. The spine is of central importance.
The Chiropractor uses a wide range of examination procedures to skilfully diagnose your problem including; orthopaedic, neurological and chiropractic tests amongst others. When clinically indicated a Chiropractor will also use X-rays as a diagnostic tool, e.g. in cases where trauma is involved, older patients, inconclusive examination findings amongst others.
The Chiropractic examination also includes cardiovascular assessment and when indicated, abdominal examination to rule out any other causes of the patients complaint.
Then a Chiropractor will explain to you in simple terms what is wrong with you (the diagnosis) and what can be done about it (the prognosis). In some cases ongoing care is advisable to maintain joint stability and minimise the chance of recurring injuries.
This is often the case when trauma, postural distortions or arthritic changes are involved. Chiropractic treatment mainly involves manipulation of the affected, or dysfunctional joints and is most frequently performed on the spine. Often an audible 'crack' can be heard that is merely a bubble of gas popping in the fluid of the joint.
Generally Chiropractic treatment does not hurt but some short term post treatment discomfort can be felt, especially in cases where there is underlying inflammation, which will settle quickly in most cases. The profession has always presented itself as a natural and conservative source of care, offering an alternative to medication and surgery for a wide range of the population.
Chiropractic treats a wide array of conditions including neck pain, headaches (both tension and migraine types), shoulder, arm and hand problems, upper back pain, lower back pain, sciatica and leg pain, disc problems, arthritic conditions, sports injuries.
Case Study- Six Week Old Baby Girl
A mother contacted Dr Bateman about her six week old baby girl. She had gone one week over term during her pregnancy, she had been induced and went through a prolonged labour.
After the birth she reported that her baby girl spent hours every night crying until she was hoarse and drawing up her knees, also that she took a long time to settle but during the day she seemed to be generally fine.
When an examination was performed on the baby girl they found restrictions on her upper cervical and upper and mid thoracic. No other abnormalities were detected and her development was seen as normal.
After her first treatment with Dr Bateman the mother reported that her daughter settled better but was still upset for a time. After her second treatment the baby girl settled very quickly and slept extremely well. The mother also reported that there was no prolonged crying at all. Since the second consultation there has been no further treatment necessary.