What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession which specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions which are due to the mechanical dysfunction of joints, ligaments and tendons, particularly those of the spine, and their effect on the nervous system.
Chiropractic is an effective technique for aches and pains that can be applied to all age groups. It is also suitable for pregnant women.
Chiropractors are highly trained. Our Chiropractors have to complete a four year undergraduate course as well as undertaking Continuing Professional Development, which is an ongoing requirement, to allow Chiropractors to keep up to date with treatment techniques and new research
How Does It Work?
Chiropractors treat problems with joints, bones and muscles and the effects they have on the nervous system. This involves the chiropractor using their hands to adjust joints of the spine and extremity which are not functioning as well as they should, and are restricted in movement.
This treatment results in increased mobility and decreased muscle spasm and pain.
This precise, skilled movement is known as an “adjustment” or “ manipulation”.
The body has a natural ability to “heal itself”, which is demonstrated by healing cuts and bones. Stresses and strains of our hectic modern lifestyles put pressure on our bodies. The spine provides protection and support for our nervous system. Poor spinal function interferes with the body’s ability to heal and repair itself.
Chiropractic helps to promote this healing by improving the efficiency of the nervous system and aiding correct function to allow your body to operate to its best ability.
If poor function of joints of the spine and the extremities is not corrected, this can affect our nervous system, muscles, ligaments and joint mechanics, leading to poor posture, lack of mobility and subsequently pain and discomfort.
Chiropractic does not involve the use of drugs or surgery.
Your Chiropractor will also be keen to help you with your general well-being by discussing various aspects of your health and lifestyle such as diet, exercise and posture to help your treatment. This individual treatment approach helps to manage the problem and prevent its recurrence.
You do not need to be referred by your GP before you visit a Chiropractor, as they are fully trained to diagnose problems and refer to another healthcare practitioner if required.