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CAUSES OF INJURIES TO LOOK OUT FOR:
Trauma - like a sports injury or motor vehicle accident
Lifting children or other objects (most common include pot plants, fridges, couches and engine and machinery parts)
Tripping, falling, missing a step or stubbing your foot
Incorrect exercise technique (weight lifting, running etc.)
Repetitive stress from work and laptops or poor chairs (Ergonomics)
Excessive driving, or sitting in a car or airplane for periods
Inappropriate pillows or bed
Other illnesses (colds and flu)
Stress and tension (mental and Emotional, depression, work and anxiety)
Toxins (cigarettes, caffeine, medication, alcohol)
Lying on the couch
Chiropractic is a health profession specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the affects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.
Chiropractic practitioners essentially rely upon non-invasive treatment methods and will refer patients to medical practitioners should medication or surgery be indicated. This approach is further reinforced by chiropractors in their promotion of healthy lifestyles such as the avoidance of smoking and excess stress, proper diet and exercise.
Chiropractic education and training is extensive and in South Africa a Masters Degree in Chiropractic is awarded after a six year program.
PRIMARY CONDITIONS TREATED
Back pain, neck pain and headaches are extremely common and can be very debilitating symptoms. They are also the primary reason patients seek chiropractic care. The distinguishing features of chiropractic care that has allowed for having patient and public acceptance has been the ability to provide a readily available, caring and sympathetic, low cost, low risk, non-invasive and natural healing approach to relieving symptoms of back pain, neck pain and certain types of headache.
The basic treatment offered by chiropractors is relatively quick and inexpensive. In South Africa the majority of medical schemes make provision for reimbursement of chiropractic services. The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act provides for complete reimbursement of cases treated by registered chiropractors. The typical use of chiropractic care by knowledgeable patients is to seek care during flare-ups of pain and limiting the care to a few treatments per episode. Using this level of restraint, chiropractic care is less expensive than other treatment options where a series of examinations, medication and diagnostic procedures are often routinely utilized.
SPORT AND CHIROPRACTIC A WINNING COMBINATION
Have you ever had a sports injury that limited you from playing your favorite sport? If so, you aren't alone. Whether you are a weekend sports enthusiast or a competitive athlete, getting back to playing again is the most important thing. Fortunately, chiropractic care can play a big role in helping you recover - and prevent future injuries.
OSTEOPOROSIS -BONE HEALTH
When it comes to aging, one major concern for especially women is their bone health. With age comes the risk of osteoporosis or "porous bone" also known as a disease of the skeletal system characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.