What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a 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, especially related to the spine.
Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions.
How can you benefit from chiropractic?
Treatment techniques vary between chiropractors. Although they are skilled in a range of therapeutic approaches, chiropractors are perhaps best known for spinal manipulation, a safe and highly effective form of treatment for spinal disorders. Manipulation involves the application of a fast, specific manual thrust to a restricted joint, usually in the spine. It has been shown in independent research trials to be highly beneficial for patients suffering with back pain and has been recommended in draft guidelines published by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
How do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractic is a package of care rather than any one specific treatment. They are particularly skilled in spinal manipulation which is learned over a four year period, but this is by no means the limit of chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors are also trained in other soft tissue techniques (such as massage) to enhance the effects of the manipulation. They may also give you advice on exercise, self-help, diet and lifestyle to reduce the likelihood of further relapses.
What can you expect on your first visit?
Chiropractors are skilled at diagnosis and treatment is only commenced after a full case history and physical examination has been undertaken. Following this you will be informed of their findings and the treatment plan they propose. Sometimes x-rays may be recommended or it may be necessary to refer you for MRI scanning, a more detailed investigation of the spine and soft tissues.
What conditions can chiropractors treat?
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Cervicogenic headache
- Prevention of migraines
- Shoulder girdle pain/dysfunction
- Tennis elbow
- Hip and Knee pain (including osteoarthritis)
- Extremity pain from associated musculoskeletal conditions
- Extremity joint pain
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Training for chiropractors
Chiropractors are highly trained. Living Health chiropractors are graduates of two of the leading chiropractic educational institutions: the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic and the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, recognised as two of the leading chiropractic training institutions in the world. As well as completing a minimum of four years undergraduate training, chiropractors are also required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) in order to stay abreast of current advances in research and patient care.
By law, chiropractors must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council, the statutory body which sets standards, protects patients and promotes the profession. Living Health chiropractors are members of the British Chiropractic Association, the longest established professional association in the UK.
You can find out more about Chiropractic from the British Chiropractic Association just click play on the video below.