Winter is here and those cold days have a habit of reminding us of all our aches and pains! The cold weather seems to be able to find that spot that you sprained or damaged a while ago but forgot all about during summer. As you start to look at what you can do to help it can get confusing with
all that’s on offer. We have a thriving wellness industry in the hills with many options but today we’ll specifically take a look at chiropractic.
I spoke to Matthew Warren, a local chiropractor at Instinctive Chiropractic based in Emerald, to get some background on chiropractic adjustments.
Me: Matthew, what is chiropractic?
Matthew: Chiropractic is focused on the relationship between the musculoskeletal system (especially the spine) and the nervous system. Our core focus is the nervous system which is the brain, spinal cord, the delicate spinal nerves which exit the spine between small holes between the vertebrae, and the peripheral nerves that branch out supplying not only the muscles,
joints and ligaments but all of the cells, tissues and organs in the body.
Me: What conditions respond best to chiropractic adjustments?
Matthew: Most clients present to chiropractic offices for musculoskeletal problems like neck pain, back pain and headaches which chiropractic has been shown to be very effective in the management of. However, chiropractors recognise that that the communication between brain and the tissues and organs may be compromised by pressure on the nerves as they exit the spine and we focus on maintaining this communication between the brain and the body by maintaining proper spinal alignment and motion. This is why conditions which may not seem immediately associated with spine may respond favourably to chiropractic care. It’s also why chiropractors will perform chiropractic, orthopaedic and neurological assessments on our clients.
Me: What does it take to become a chiropractor?
Matthew: Chiropractic in Australia is a five year university degree. All chiropractors have to be government registered and government regulated. A chiropractor’s education never stops. All chiropractors must meet minimum continuing education requirements, completing professional development courses and seminars to upgrade and improve their skills.
Me: Tell us a little bit about yourself:
Matthew: I’ve been practicing for 19 years and was inspired by my father’s
own spinal problems to become a chiropractor. I completed my degree at RMIT and worked in Western Australia for several years before returning and setting up a practice in North Melbourne.
I moved to Emerald six years ago and now divide my time between North Melbourne and Emerald practices. My wife was raised in Gembrook and we wanted to grow our children in this beautiful, country environment.
So now you know a little bit more about chiropractic you can decide if it might be the thing for those pesky winter aches and pains.