Your chiropractor will firstly take a comprehensive case history wherein he will ask you questions about your health problem. Thereafter, a physical examination will be undertaken, which includes neurological and orthopaedic tests as well as specialised joint motion tests, to help determine the cause of your problem.
Chiropractic treatment consists mainly of specialised manipulative techniques usually referred to as an adjustment. The adjustment is applied specifically and carefully to areas of the spine that are not moving within what should be there normal range of movement.
Chiropractors are also trained in various muscle-type work including trigger point therapy, dry needling, myofascial release techniques, deep tissue massage, sports massage and many more.
[This article was written by chiropractors Dr Neil Rowley and Dr Craig Lyons from the Naturally Yours Health Centre in Bryanston, Johannesburg (011) 463 3604. They are both family practitioners specialising in sports injuries, paediatrics, headaches, neck and lower back pain]