What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a form of complementary therapy in which a therapist diagnoses, seeks and prevents any disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which may be affecting the nervous system and therefore the health of the whole body. He/she uses their hands to treat the joints and muscles through spinal manipulation.

How does it work?
Before the treatment begins, the chiropractor will thoroughly examine the patient to find out if chiropractic treatment can help the problem. The chiropractor will take detailed notes on the patient’s history, such as what illnesses and injuries you have had, and what work you do. They will then ask the patient to undress to their underwear so that they can see their entire body and do some simple tests such as taking blood pressure and pulse readings. The chiropractor will then examine the particular problem closely, for example, by testing the patient’s joint and muscle functions.

The chiropractor will then explain what he found after the examination and what form the treatment will take. Normally, the treatment is painless. Most often, the chiropractor use manipulation to treat the patient, and this normally involves moving a joint a little further out of place than normal. This helps to improve the movements of joints, and help to ease or remove the pain in the affected muscles or joints. The chiropractor might also use massage and stretching techniques to treat the muscles and tendons.

A chiropractor will also give information and advice about general health, lifestyle and give the patient an exercise programme that they can follow at home.

What ailments can it help?
Chiropractors usually treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system such as:

  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • shoulder and posture problems
  • leg pain
  • sciatica
  • sports injuries
  • headaches

To find a chiropractor, please contact the General Chiropractic Council.