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
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
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.