Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that are due to mechanical dysfunction within the body. This could be bad posture, stress or injury, which can lead to problems in the joints, bones, muscles or discs, as well as any connective tissue. This, in particular, will relate to the spine and its resultant effect on the nervous system. Any irritation of the nerve system will lead to a disruption of proper function and cause symptoms such as headache, neck or back pain which are treatable by a chiropractor.
Chiropractic works with all age groups to alleviate pain and stiffness in the back and other joints. Treatment can also improve posture, flexibility and vitality thereby promoting a rich and engaging lifestyle. Traditionally, chiropractors can help with: Lower back and leg pain; Trapped nerves including pins and needles and numbness in arms and legs; Slipped and herniated discs; Neck, shoulder and arm pain; Head and Migraines; Whiplash injuries and Postural problems.
The word “Chiropractic” comes from Greek meaning “Practice by Hand” and the chiropractor will use their hands to adjust the joints and bones of the spine – any one of the twenty-four vertebra – or limb where there are signs of disrupted function, restricted movement, inflammation or misalignment (subluxation). The chiropractic treatment will by the use of manipulation and soft tissue work correct the spinal malfunctions and misalignments, increase mobility and function, remove any nerve, disc and muscle irritation and thereby allowing the body to heal itself.
Research has proven that chiropractic care is more effective than hospital management for patients with chronic and severe back pain, especially in conjunction with an exercise program. Spinal manipulation is an effective form of treatment for people who have acute and sub-acute back pain and with early intervention chronic pain and disability can be avoided. In other words chiropractic is beneficial for both getting rid of symptoms, also called reactive care, and prevention and maintenance, proactive care.
The profession is governed by the General Chiropractic Council and recognised by all private health insurance companies including AXA PPP and BUPA.
About the GCC
The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) regulates all chiropractors in the UK to ensure the safety of patients undergoing chiropractic treatment.
The GCC is an independent statutory body established by Parliament to regulate the chiropractic profession. We protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring high standards of practice in the chiropractic profession.
The title of ‘chiropractor’ is protected by law and it is a criminal offence for anyone to describe themselves as any sort of chiropractor without being registered with the GCC. We check that all chiropractors are properly qualified and are fit to practise.