Chiropractic - A Summary

Treating the kneeChiropractic care offers hands on pain management and focuses on muscles, joints and nerves. Chiropractic is suitable for all ages and can help with a wide range of aches and pains from head to toe.

Chiropractic specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions that arise due to mechanical dysfunction of the joints and muscles of the body.

By far the most common complaints that chiropractors treat involve the spinal column - low back pain and most types of neck pain, for example - though they are equally specialists in the treatment of any joint in the body, such as shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee or ankle. Chiropractic is an effective, natural system of health care. Almost all treatment is done by hand. No invasive techniques are used, there is no surgery involved, and it is drug-free.

How It Works

Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, mostly gentle, specific adjustments, done by hand, to free joints in the spine or elsewhere in the body that are ‘fixated’ (not moving properly) or out of alignment.

These adjustments help the bones to realign, help the joints to regain more normal mobility and function and thereby relieve muscle spasm (often the cause of pain) and nerve irritation (which can cause local or referred pain).

Soft tissue treatment (muscles, tendons, ligaments) by hand may also be used to further relax tight muscles and help release nerve irritation.

Individual exercises and postural or ergonomic advice can also be given to aid the treatment process and to help prevent the recurrence of specific conditions.

Chiropractic treatment has been proven to be effective and safe. (Reference) In May 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on the early management of low back pain within the NHS (CG88) recommended, as one option, a course of manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and massage.