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What Is Chiropractic?

Your nervous system controls every cell, muscle, joint, tissue, system and process in your body. By adjusting certain points chiropractic aims to remove interference to the nervous system and restore optimal function. Re-balancing the body and restoring spinal function helps the nervous system to function more efficiently by improving the communication between the body, environment and the brain.

Chiropractic is a primary health care discipline, where the practitioner can diagnose, treat and help prevent musculoskeletal system (bones, joints and muscles) disorders and the effects these conditions have on the function of the nervous system and general health. Problems may occur as a result of accidents, illness, poor posture, lack of exercise, sports injury – or simply everyday wear and tear. These problems tend to cause pressure on the nerves in the body.

There is no typical chiropractic patient. Those seeking help and advice include both young and older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and people who do sport.

Chiropractors treat a wide variety of conditions, including back, neck or joint pain and conditions arising from sports injury. They also treat headaches caused by neck problems, as well as helping patients with migraine prevention.

Treatment by a chiropractor involves manipulation – very precise handling or movement – of the spine or joints to remedy the problem. Sometimes manipulation moves the spine or joints further than they would usually move. A chiropractor may also give you advice on exercise, self-help, diet and lifestyle. Some may also offer rehabilitation programmes.

Most patients decide to visit a chiropractor themselves, but some may be referred by a doctor. Chiropractors are trained to recognise when chiropractic treatment will not help a medical condition, and will refer a patient to a GP when necessary.