Chiropractic is a regulated primary healthcare profession. It specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, which means investigating bones, joints and muscles and the effects that these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health.
The Benefits of Chiropractic
Some of the benefits of chiropractic can include a reduction in the following symptoms:-
- Neck pain and back pain
- Leg or arm symptoms
- Joint pain or Conditions in the extremities i.e. frozen shoulder, tennis elbow
Chiropractic is the third largest primary healthcare profession in the world and has primary health care status, so you do not need a referral from your GP for treatment.
Treatment is safe and drug free. We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our clinical judgment, our years of experience and our patient’s preferences.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body which are not moving properly. This can be in the form of a manual thrust or mobilisation technique. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used are the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.
How does Chiropractic treatment help the Neuromusculoskeletal System?
The nervous system (brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves) is the communication pathway which allows the body to communicate with itself so it can coordinate and function properly. The body’s healing response is also controlled by the nervous system. If there is a breakdown in this communication anywhere in the body, problems will ensue which may manifest themselves as pain, aches or restricted movement.
Chiropractic focuses on the relationship of structure and function (as coordinated by the nervous system), and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of your health.
Chiropractors – Training and Regulations
Qualified chiropractors are professional practitioners registered with the General Chiropractic Council.
In the UK training to become a doctor of chiropractic takes 5 years. It is similar in size and complexity to medicine and covers in detail (amongst other topics), physiology, pathology, anatomy, radiology, orthopaedics and neurology. The detailed diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of complaints are covered relating to all joints, as well as the spine, muscles, discs and nerves. Pharmacology is also studied, although in less detail than that of conventional medicine. Chiropractic is a drug-free approach in the care of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.
The profession is statutorily regulated through the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). It is illegal to practice as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is the largest and longest standing Association for Chiropractors in the UK, requiring international standards of education, exemplary conduct and a commitment to on-going professional development.
Chiropractic care is included as a treatment option in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) guidelines on managing low back pain (www.nice.org/uk/CG88).