What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a healing art based in science. It is a way of adjusting the spine and other joints in the body to address joint restriction and help the nervous system work more effectively. This helps the body find its normal alignment, improving communication between the brain and body, thus helping muscles to function normally, increasing mobility and overall helping to optimise health.
Chiropractors use their hands to locate the joint dysfunctions, skeletal misalignment and muscle imbalance and use a variety of techniques to help correct these.
What Can Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractic is more commonly associated with the relief of back pain, but it can help with a wide variety of skeletal, muscular and neurological problems.
Considerable published evidence reports that chiropractic helps a number of different musculoskeletal conditions. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published recommendations for GPs and Healthcare Professionals to offer manual therapies including chiropractic for early management of persistent non-specific low back pain, as part of a treatment plan.
What Conditions Are Treated With Chiropractic?
Some conditions Chiropractic can help with include:
Acute and chronic backache and back pain
Neck and shoulder pain
Hip and knee pain
General pain and stiffness in joints
Muscular aches, pain and spasm
Headaches (arising from the neck), tension headaches and migraine
Chiropractic can also help improve communication between body and brain as well as balance and co-ordination. It also happens that patients come in without any symptoms but like help to ensure their posture, alignment and health are maintained.
Symptoms and pain are not the only reasons to seek help from a chiropractor however. Chiropractors can identify dysfunction before symptoms arise and because it is also scientifically proven to help the nervous system function more effectively.
It can also help you better control your body by increasing mobility, restoring healthy movement, improving balance and co-ordination and helping you avoid injury.
It is therefore the ideal therapy to help maintain wellbeing and use as preventative care.
Chiropractic treatments are tailored according to each individual’s needs to mobilise joints in the spine and other areas of the body that are not moving freely. Whilst McTimoney technique is used primarily, both McTimoney and Diversified adjusting techniques may be used as appropriate, along with other techniques that may be incorporated into treatments to provide the most effective care for you.
Other techniques which may either be combined with your chiropractic treatment or offered as separate treatments include: