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Chiropractic Therapy

What is Chiropractic Therapy?

The World Federation of Chiropractic defines chiropractic as "A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment."

Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-surgical science and, as such, does not include pharmaceuticals or incisive surgery. Mr. D'Urso may recommend Chiropractic therapy for certain patients and conditions.

Education and Training

To become a registered chiropractor in Australia you must have studied an accredited 5-year chiropractic program conducted at a University within Australia, or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractors Registration Boards.

Currently there are three universities in Australia that have chiropractic degree programs. The RMIT University in Melbourne, Victoria has a 5-year integrated double Bachelor Degree in Clinical Science/Chiropractic Science. The Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales has a 3 year Bachelor of Chiropractic Science which provides the basis for entry into a 2-year Master of Chiropractic which is the qualifying degree for professional registration as a chiropractor. In 2002 a chiropractic program commenced at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

What should I expect at a Chiropractic session?

Firstly, a thorough health history is taken and your major concerns as discussed. During this time, it is determined whether Chiropractic may help you with your concerns. Then you are taken through an extensive examination of your spine and nerve system. This helps identify exactly how your health concerns may be affecting your spine and how your spine may be affecting your overall health. The examination may also include looking at x-rays or scans of your spine. The approach in managing these concerns may include inter-referral to other health professionals. The approach in providing care may include gentle adjustments to the spine, pelvis or other joints of the body as seen necessary.