As a non-invasive treatment option, virtually anyone can benefit from chiropractic, including babies, children, pregnant women, office workers, factory workers, professional musicians, athletes, accident victims, and the elderly.
Dr. Elga Drews said that any condition related to nerves, muscles, or joints can be helped by chiropractic treatment, and with few practitioners available, this is an option to tap into.
“Neck pain, headaches, migraines, shoulder pain, arm pain, elbow pain, tingling in arms and hands, back pain, hip pain, leg pain, sciatica, knee pain and even foot pain are said to be helped by chiropractic.”
Drews, who is also president of the Namibian Chiropractic Association, said today that chiropractic is an evidence-based, people-centered, interprofessional and collaborative health care profession.
For several years the Namibian Chiropractic Association has been organizing outreach programs in Kavango, supported by chiropractors from overseas.
“We hope to continue these efforts as soon as international travel permits. The association also contributes to the global initiative of World Spine Day, where we ran many different projects to raise awareness about spine health, ”said Drews.
One of these projects is the exercise program uprighting, which we presented in schools, sports clubs, old people’s homes and other public platforms.
“The main concern of a chiropractor is the spine and nervous system and all of the other joints in the body and how they work,” said Drews.
Chiropractic is derived from the two Greek words “cheir” – hand and “Praktikas” – work or practice. Chiropractic therefore means “made by hand”! Bone manipulation has been practiced for thousands of years.
“A chiropractor is a primary contact physician who takes a full medical history, performs a physical exam, and refers you for specific exams if necessary. Once the chiropractor makes a diagnosis and determines that the case can be treated chiropractically, treatment consists mostly of highly specialized manipulative techniques called adjustments, ”she commented.
Drews added, “Adjustments are safe and some patients can experience immediate relief if normal joint movement and function is restored. A chiropractor will use various soft tissue / massage therapies, prescribe rehabilitation exercises, give advice on posture, suggest orthotics and provide information about necessary lifestyle changes. ”
Chiropractic treatment has shown that patients have fewer sick days, less time off work, less pain relief medication, less chance of back surgery, and less chance of the problem turning into a chronic condition.
She explained that there are various causes and causes of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and pain syndromes, including daily poor posture habits, a fall, an accident, heavy lifting, sports injuries, or even high stress, all of which can lead to joint irritation, inflammation, nerve irritation, and muscle
Drews said when it comes to career choices, there are many opportunities to deepen your degree in different areas such as sports chiropractic, pediatrics, neurology, radiology, chiropractic education, and research.
“There are many chiropractic educational institutions around the world, most of which are accredited by certain educational accreditation bodies. South Africa has two chiropractic schools, one at the Durban University of Technology and another at the University of Johannesburg. Both courses offer an internationally recognized master’s degree in chiropractic, ”said Drews.
2021-08-11 Paheja Siririka