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 mechanical dysfunction of the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves – particularly those of the spine, and their effects on the nervous system.
Chiropractors provide care for patients of all ages, who present with a range of acute and chronic conditions. As well as advice about self-help, exercise, diet and lifestyle. Chiropractors often provide support for pain management, sports injuries and active rehabilitation.
Registered professionals take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients, considering physical, psychological and social factors. They provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and by restoring normal function to people with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.
Treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture.
What is Chiropractic good for?
Brontford et al (2010), in their UK report entitled “Effectiveness of manual therapies” carried out a recent study and published the results in The Journal of Chiropractic and Osteopathy. The study was looking for evidence of what conditions chiropractic care is effective with, if any. There was proof of the effect of care for the conditions listed below.
- Low back pain (acute/chronic)
- Neck pain (acute/sub-acute/chronic)
- Headache (migraine/neck related)
- Dizziness caused by a problem in the neck
- Acute whiplash associated disorders
- Muscle pain
- Shoulder girdle pain
- Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- Tennis elbow/golfers elbow (lateral/medial epicondylitis)
- Hip osteoarthritis
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Jaw Dysfunction (TMJ syndrome)
- Plantar fasciitis
This list is not exhaustive and other problems can benefit from care. If you are unsure if chiropractic can be of benefit to you, please call 07534 222 031 or fill in the contact us form.
Is there any evidence that Chiropractic works?
There is much evidence to suggest treatment can be very effective. The College of Chiropractors have an evidence for chiropractic care page on their website. This in turn, offers links to other reputable sites, such as the British Medical Journal.
Where can I learn more about Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a protected profession. Registered Chiropractors have to complete (at least) a four-year degree course followed by a year of supervised practice on qualifying or an equivalent.
The profession is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council to which all chiropractors working in the UK have to register.
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is the largest and longest-standing association for chiropractors in the UK. It was founded in 1925 and has a membership comprising over 50% of the UK’s registered chiropractors.
The BCA only accepts members who have graduated from a nationally or internationally-recognised college of chiropractic education. Members are required to have a minimum of four years full-time training. This ensures its chiropractors maintain high standards of conduct, practice, education and training.
BackCare aims to significantly reduce the burden of back pain by providing information and education to all people and organisations affected by back pain. They also fund scientific research into the causes, prevention and management of back pain. The organisation aims to bring professionals and back pain sufferers together.
Who should I speak to at The Centre about Chiropractic?
Susan Moore Bsc(Hons)Chiro, RGN, IVCA
07534 222 031
Sue is available at The Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Other times can often be arranged to suit.