What Chiropractic Can Treat

Chiropractic care can help people with a wide range of conditions, and the following are a few common conditions that patients can receive treatment for:


Back pain affects almost everyone at some point, causing immense pain, not to mention time off work. Low back pain can be caused by poor posture, lifting, bad seating or beds, sport or injury, stress, pregnancy and general wear and tear. A BCA chiropractor will identify the cause and treat your back pain and advise on how to keep it under control.


Headaches are very common and there are different types. Chiropractic treatment has been found to be effective in the treatment of cervicogenic headache and cervicogenic dizziness. Migraines are a more complicated condition and their causes are more numerous. Some forms can stem from irritation of the nerves close to the vertebrae of the neck or may be triggered by muscle tension. If this is the case, if the cause or trigger is of a musculoskeletal nature, then chiropractic treatment may help. But there are many, many triggers of migraine.
BCA chiropractors are trained to diagnose the musculoskeletal causes of headache and to recognise any 'Red Flag' conditions which might indicate a more serious underlying condition, so they will either treat you accordingly or refer you to an appropriate specialist. Treatments will include specific adjustments particularly to the neck and possibly the upper back. Painkillers, although of some help, do not address the cause and so cannot bring the improvement that chiropractic can offer.


Physical and chemical changes in a women’s body when pregnant can aggravate or cause spinal problems. Many women can find relief from lower back pain in late pregnancy and a chiropractor can advise on how to adapt your lifestyle in order to make daily routines easier.


Arthritis affects people of all ages and has many causes, the most common is osteoarthritis; also know as spondylosis in the spine, or more generally as wear and tear. Degeneration of the joints cannot normally be reversed. However, regular chiropractic treatment can keep joints healthier and mobile, reducing pain and helping slow further wear and tear. More inflammatory forms of arthritis can only be managed during periods of remission.


Acute, sub acute and chronic neck pain cann be helped with chiropractic. Chiropractic manipulation and muscle work can help to relieve pain and to restore more normal movement to your neck. A BCA chiropractor may also prescribe exercises to help you regain strength and flexibility and relieve the long-term pain and discomfort.


Sports injuries are very often no more than everyday problems that have been exposed when an ‘occasional athlete’ over-stresses his or her body when taking up a new activity. They may result from: poor gait or posture; lack of fitness; inadequate equipment. Participating in sport may also leave you open to repetitive strain injury and over-use of specific parts of the body.
Chiropractors can help sports men and women get the body parts moving well again and recommend that you should ensure that you are fit enough before you start any strenuous sport. For serious athletes, pre-season checks can identify, treat and strengthen any weak areas before injuries occur, and regular check ups help to maintain optimum performance.


Chiropractors understand the working of every joint in the body and will identify whether or not a pain is being referred from your spine before treating you accordingly. Some typical complaints which a BCA chiropractor can help with are:
Tennis elbow – overuse of the muscles on the outside of the forearm and upper arm – not necessarily due to playing tennis!
Repetitive strain injury – can occur in any joint of the body
Frozen shoulder – is inflammation of tendons and ligaments around the shoulder joint
Arthritic pain – occurs in several forms

To comply with ASA guidelines the treatable conditions mentioned here have high or moderate quality positive evidence from research of the highest standard. The Bronfort Report, commissioned by the GCC, has been used as a reference.

In reality, BCA chiropractors treat a larger number of problems than those listed on this page but cannot claim to do so effectively, though as research continues and past research is reviewed the list of conditions that can be claimed to benefit from chiropractic treatment should increase. (Only recently Prof. Bronfort accepted that a paper on the effectiveness of spinal manipulation for sciatica could be graded 'moderate positive evidence'.)

However, if you are at all unsure whether you suffer from one of these conditions - i.e. if you have a cervicogenic headache (for which there is evidence of effective treatment) or a tension type headache (for which there is no evidence of effective treatment) - and find the Bronfort Report a little dry and academic, then please feel free to contact one of the chiropractors, either by telephone, using the contact form, or in person at the clinic.