What is Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a primary healthcare system, suitable for almost everyone of any age and activity level and can pay an integral part in the initial diagnosis followed by treatment and management of many conditions.
Chiropractic comes from the Greek word Chiropraktkos, which means ‘done by hand’.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2001 stated:
‘Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health’
Chiropractors use techniques which have a positive impact on the Neuro Muscular System. This is done by hands on treatments for example adjustments, massage, rehabilitation exercise programmes to mobilize and strengthen the spine, joints and extremities.
This in turn restores the patient to a functional and stress free state as possible.
Chiropractic treatment is also recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE Guidelines)
What is the difference between a Chiropractor and an Osteopath?
Historically, both professions originated in America in the 1890’s but diverged in their view as to how adjustments worked. Osteopaths believed fixations/incorrect mechanics, which were adjusted affected the blood supply, whereas Chiropractors believed the effect was related to the correct working of the nerves supplying the body.
However as research grows, these differences are getting smaller. Methods of adjusting are often extremely similar with the aim of an identical outcome.
* Most Private Health Insurance companies will cover your Chiropractic treatment please ask your insurance company when enquiring to book an appointment.