What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic (from Greek and meaning ‘done by the hand’) is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health. In other words chiropractors treat problems with joints and muscles but are especially involved with painful problems relating to the Spine. Chiropractic is a conservative form of treatment suitable for young and older patients and offers an alternative to medication or surgery. Chiropractors are highly trained to diagnose the underlying causes of pain and all Chiropractors working in the UK are registered with the GCC (General Chiropractic Council).
What conditions do Chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors are mainly involved with stiffness and pains arising from joints in the spine. The most common symptom which chiropractic care can help with is low back pain and leg pain but neck and arm pain and headaches can also be treated successfully. Some Chiropractors have specialist interests and are able to offer care for sports injuries, occupational injuries, adolescent disorders and care for the elderly spine.
What will treatment involve?
The treatment chosen by the Chiropractor for your condition may include one or more of the following;
Manipulation (‘Adjustment’) which aims to restore movement in stiff and painful joints. This is a rapid but controlled movement of a joint which is frequently accompanied by a ‘click’ sound from the joint being mobilised and is due to joint fluid releasing pressure into the joint.
‘Soft-tissue’ massage is also frequently utilised to help relieve pain in inflamed muscles and ligaments which frequently accompany neck and back pain.
Advice is an extremely important component of a treatment programme and usually includes recommendations for preventing future episodes of pain, exercise, postural improvement, workplace and home ergonomics and even dietary advice. All of these factors are highly important in the rehabilitation of a back or neck complaint.
A typical initial consultation with a Chiropractor will take 40-60 minutes and subsequent treatment visits will require 20-30 minutes. The Chiropractor’s aim is to improve symptoms as fast as possible to allow the patient to make a swift return to an active and hopefully pain-free lifestyle.
If you are still unsure as to whether Chiropractic care can help you please contact us for further advice.