What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, specifically the back and spine, and the effects of these disorders on the function of related nerves and general health.
The problems usually start when factors such as accidents, physical or mental stress, lack of exercise, poor diet and faulty posture cause the bones of the body to lose their normal position or motion. This can then cause inflammation of the spinal joints between the vertebrae, leading to irritation of the nerves and the unfortunate consequence may be pain and compromised function in the muscles and surrounding structures they feed.
How does Chiropractic Work?
Chiropractic treatment aims to restore the normal alignment and motion of the vertebrae, improving mobility and helping to relieve pain. It consists of a manual ‘hands on’ approach to the body, particularly to the joints, muscles and ligaments, with particular emphasis on the ‘adjustment’ or use of ‘manipulation’. Chiropractors will usually supplement this treatment with other techniques, such as deep tissue massage, dry needling (a form of acupuncture) and stretching techniques.
A Medical Research Council clinical trial and its follow-up, reported in the British Medical Journal in 1990 and 1995, found that chiropractic treatment of low back pain of mechanical origin was more effective than hospital outpatient treatment.
A common misconception, however, is that chiropractors only treat backs, but in fact a wide range of other conditions besides back pain can benefit from chiropractic care.
Chiropractic treatment is safe and effective and is suitable for all ages.