What is chiropractic?

"A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effect of those disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustments and other joint and soft tissue manipulation" source WFC

Chiropractors use their hands to adjust the joints of the spine and extremities where signs of restriction in movement are found; this improves mobility and relieves pain. The body's own healing processes (which we normally recognise in its ability to heal bruises, cuts and broken bones) will then be able to get on with the task of improving health. This treatment is known as 'adjustment' or 'manipulation'.

Poor, inadequate or incorrect function in the spine can cause irritation of the nerves that control posture and movement. This spinal nerve stress (which may be caused by factors such as accident, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor posture and anxiety) can lead to the symptoms of discomfort and pain.

By manipulating joints, chiropractors stimulate the joint movement receptors - the body's position sensors which provide feedback to the brain on where the joint is in space. This stimulation can affect the way the nervous system works. Depending on where the nerve irritation has occurred in the spine, symptoms may include the following:

  • headache or migraine
  • neck pain
  • back pain
  • shoulder, arm, wrist and hand problems
  • leg, knee, ankle and foot problems

This is because the irritation of the nerve in one area can sometimes lead to pain (known as 'referred' pain) in other parts of the body. Painful symptoms are a warning sign which should not be ignored; a chiropractor is trained to diagnose the cause, and if indicated treat using manipulation. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or use surgical procedures.

Brief History

In 1895, at Davenport, Iowa, USA, Daniel David Palmer was with a certain Harvey Lillard. Lillard had suffered hearing problems for over 17 years, following an injury to his back. Palmer discovered a 'lump' on Lillard's back and suspected that a vertebra might be out of alignment and pinching a...
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Chiropractor Training

All British Chiropractic Association Chiropractors have undergone a minimum of a four-year, full-time, internationally accredited degree course.
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Statutory Regulation

The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is a UK-wide statutory body with regulatory powers, established by the Chiropractors Act 1994.
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