There are up to 300,000 visits to chiropractors each week in Australia and as of April 2017 there are 4,953 registered chiropractors in Australia. Chiropractic is a 120-year-old profession, founded in 1895.
Chiropractors provide patient centered care, focusing primarily on the detection and correction of poor spinal function and the subsequent effects on the nervous system. Our knowledge also extends beyond the spine, restoring proper function to many areas of the body. At its core we understand that the body cannot respond appropriately to its environment if there is interference within the nervous system. If we cannot respond to our environment, then pain and symptoms result.
To be a fully qualified chiropractor requires a minimum 3-year Bachelors undergraduate degree, followed by a 2 year Masters of Chiropractic, of which can only be obtained through 1 of 4 universities in Australia.
Chiropractors are nationally registered and regulated health care professionals in the same way as all other health professionals (Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Physiotherapists, etc). They are governed by the Chiropractic Board of Australia and regulated by AHPRA and MUST complete a minimum of 25 continuing professional development hours each year in order to retain their registration.
Techniques may vary from Chiropractor to Chiropractor. At Taylor Chiropractic Kiama, Mark and Melinda will draw on a variety of techniques, from manual adjustments to more low force applications, depending on the person in front of them and their needs at that time.