Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves of the body, particularly those of the spine.
Chiropractic is a manual therapy that consists of specific spinal manipulation and also manipulation to joints of the extremities and jaw. Chiropractic treatment also consists of soft tissue techniques. These include massage, cross-friction massage, trigger point therapy and active release muscle techniques. Dry-needling, which is a form of acupuncture, is also used, when indicated, to treat muscle and joint problems. Chiropractors recommend and demonstrate specific exercises and stretches to suit the condition you have and your abilities and advise you on health and lifestyle changes that will benefit you.
These treatment techniques are designed to improve the function of the joints, reduce irritation on the nerves, relieve pain and reduce muscle spasm. Chiropractic does not involve the use of any drugs or surgery.
The chiropractic profession is a healthcare service, that is strictly regulated by the General Chiropractic Council. To be called a chiropractor in the UK, the practitioner must be fully registered with General Chiropractic Council. Click here to be directed to the General Chiropractic Council’s website where you can check the register.