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What Is Chiropractic?

"Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment"
World Federation of Chiropractic 1999

Chiropractic is an independent primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, particularly those related to the spine. (British Chiropractic Association)

Every day we put our body though a variety of stresses and strains. Poor posture, lack of exercise, trauma, stress (physical and emotional), and everyday wear and tear can be factors in causing loss of joint movement and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

These problems may cause pressure on the nerves in the body, often as they exit from the spine, which may result in symptoms in the corresponding part of the body the nerve supplies. For example, conditions of the lower back may affect the legs, or problems in the neck may affect the shoulders or arms.

Chiropractors are highly trained in detecting restricted joint movement, particularly in the spine, and gently manipulating to restore joint function, reduce muscle spasm and aid the body's natural healing.

Chiropractors are probably best known for treating back and neck pain, although many patients consult their chiropractor with a range of other conditions such as shoulder pain, migraine and headaches, hip and leg pain etc.

Conditions often seen
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash associated disorders
  • Shoulder pain/problems e.g. Frozen shoulder
  • Hip/leg/knee pain
  • Extremity joint conditions e.g tennis elbow
  • Headaches & migraines
British Chiropractic Association
General Chiropractic Council