What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a regulated profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of biomechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles and joints of the body), particularly involving the spine and their effects on the nervous system and general health.
Chiropractic is a hands-on, natural and conservative form of health care, offering an alternative to many conditions from medication and surgery. Chiropractic care is the third largest primary health care profession in the world after medicine and dentistry. The term primary health care professional means that we carry out both diagnosis and treatment, so you do not need to be referred by your doctor. A chiropractor is trained to diagnose your problem and will refer you to another healthcare practitioner if necessary.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of virtually every tissue, cell, organ and system of the body. The main focus of our treatment is the relationship between the function of joints, muscles and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on health. Working on all the joints of the body and surrounding soft tissues and concentrating particularly on the spine, we use our hands to make gentle, specific adjustments (manipulation) to improve the efficiency of the nervous system to allow the body’s natural healing ability to function at its best. The aim is to increase mobility, decrease any pain or discomfort and remove any possible nerve root irritation.
In some cases x-rays or other tests may be performed before treatment begins to give more accurate information on the condition being dealt with. Chiropractic can help relieve pain, dysfunction and discomfort and encourage the natural healing ability of the body . Not only does it offer hands-on pain management, but it can also promote optimum health and give a general sense of well-being as the body balances itself through treatment and exercises and starts to function without interference. An important part of chiropractic management of your health is to ensure that once you get better, you will also stay that way. The ultimate goal is to restore and optimise your health and keep premature irreversible degenerative changes to a minimum.
The spine is of central importance due to its influence on the nervous system. We are also trained to assess and treat other joint and health problems.
Chiropractic Education and Statutory Regulation
Members of the British Chiropractic Association have to have obtained an internationally accredited degree. On average five years full-time university studies are required. Many thousands of hours practice are needed to achieve the required level of proficiency in Chiropractic technique.
For more information: www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk
Chiropractors are very well trained health care professionals. The studies include anatomy, neurology, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, behavioural sciences, diagnosis and manipulative skills to mention but a few.
In the UK all practicing chiropractors are required by law to register with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). The GCC’s primary function is to protect the patient by operating statutory regulation for chiropractors and setting the standards for chiropractic education, practice and conduct.
For more information: www.gcc-uk.org
Our Chiropractors are highly trained and skilled professionals in manipulative therapy.
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