Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession regulated, by the General Chiropractic Council.
What is a Chiropractor?
A Chiropractor spends 4-5 years at University undertaking a Masters degree. During this time, they gain a comprehensive education in physiology, human anatomy, biochemistry, orthopaedics, neurology, clinical diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, nutrition, exercise and rehabilitation.
With this knowledge, a Chiropractor is trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent musculoskeletal (muscle and joint) disorders, along with the effects these can have on the nervous system and general health.
How can a Chiropractor help me?
Chiropractors are famed for helping with neck and back pain but there is so much more to Chiropractic care than these two areas. A growing body of research demonstrates that Chiropractic is effective and safe for treating many musculoskeletal condition.
Chiropractic derives from the Greek words “cheir” (hand) and “praxis” (practice) to describe a treatment done by hand. This is done by specific manipulation and mobilisation of the spine. Often other treatment modalities are used such as massage, dry needling, and corrective exercises, followed by postural and lifestyle advice to build a complete treatment plan catered for the specific patient.
Will it hurt?
It is considered to be one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies in order to treat musculoskeletal complaints. As with all health treatments, there can be some side effects post treatment, typically feeling a little achy or tired for 24 hours, as you would after exercising. Most patients experience immediate relief following their treatment.
What conditions can Chiropractors treat?
Ankle sprain (short term management)
Elbow pain and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
Inability to relax
Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core osteoarthritis treatments and exercise
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
Generalised aches and pains
Mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)
Minor sports injuries and tensions
Plantar fasciitis (short term management)
Rotator cuff injuries, disease or disorders
Shoulder complaints (dysfunction, disorders and pain)