Vitality Chiropractic Screen JPEGs-138Patients most frequently begin visiting a chiropractor seeking relief from back or neck pain – but chiropractic care offers many other benefits.

Chiropractors are experts in spinal health – working to ensure the bones in your body are protecting and not impeding the nervous system which controls the function of your whole body.

Chiropractors are trained to scientifically examine your body and then apply manual therapies to manage your health issues. Australian chiropractors must complete a five year university course (or have received a recognised equivalent training overseas) in order to practice.

Chiropractic care also involves advice about nutrition and exercise, wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

Because many people are still unfamiliar with chiropractic care, we like to provide reliable, objective information about our discipline so you can decide whether chiropractic care is right for you.

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Back pain is a widespread health problem across Australia. You don’t have to be lifting heavy boxes or sitting all day in an office chair before you decide to seek chiropractic care – everyone can benefit from improving posture and spinal health, regardless of age.

Back problems are among the top three causes of years of working lost due to disability.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has calculated that 1.8 million Australians – almost 10% of the population – suffer back problems. The Institute states that many back problems commence in the 15-34 age group. People with back problems were two and a half times as likely to have disorders such as depression.

This is a really serious problem – estimated to force 280,000 Australians into early retirement annually and costing the economy $12 billion. Chiropractors, who spend five years studying spinal health at university, are the first choice of health professional for many patients with back complaints.

Expert US Doctors recent recommended chiropractic care as a form of treatment for lower back pain in a 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A 2011 study by independent consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports surveyed 45,000 people and found that 65% of patients who used chiropractic care for back or neck pain stated that it had ‘helped a lot’, outranking all other treatments included in the survey, including prescription medication.

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In 2007, researchers from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society
recommended spinal manipulation as a treatment for both acute and chronic back pain.

In addition, a 2004 article in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that chiropractic care may actually lower the overall cost of health care provision.

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