What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a manual therapy, treating disorders affecting the nerves, muscles and joints. It is 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. Chiropractors provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and by restoring normal function to patients with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders i.e. disorders affecting the nerves, muscles and joints.

Chiropractors provide care for patients of all ages, who present with a range of acute and chronic conditions. Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients, considering physical, psychological and social factors. As well as advice about self-help, exercise, diet and lifestyle, chiropractors provide support for pain management, sports injuries and active rehabilitation.

Chiropractic is the third largest primary healthcare profession in the world and has primary health care status so you do not need a referral from your GP for treatment.

The training

In the UK, to become a doctor of chiropractic, training is a 5 year course. It is similar in size and complexity to medicine and covers in detail (amongst other topics), physiology, pathology, anatomy, radiology, orthopaedics and neurology.

The detailed diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of complaints is covered relating to all joints, as well as the spine, muscles, discs and nerves. Pharmacology is also studied, although in less detail than that of conventional medicine. Chiropractic embraces a drug-free approach to the care of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.

Chiropractors are trained to take and read X-Rays.
If you have any imaging such as an MRI, CT or X-Ray, it is useful to bring this to your appointment.

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