What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system (the framework of muscles and bones that support the body), and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).
What does Chiropractic treat?
Common conditions Chiropractors see are:
- General, acute and chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accidents) and lumbago.
- Mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury ie whiplash).
- Migraine prevention and headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic).
- Muscle spasm and cramp.
- General aches and pains, joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise.
- Minor sports injuries.
- Shoulder complaints (dysfunction, disorders and pain) including rotator cuff injuries or disorders.
- Elbow pain and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences.
- Short term management of ankle sprain and plantar fasciitis.
Muscle or joint pain may be seen arising from accidents, stress, poor posture, lack of exercise and every day wear and tear that happens to many of us.
Joint, muscle or nerve pain may be treated with safe manual manipulation and soft tissue techniques restoring mobility and relieving pain. This is assisted with lifestyle, nutritional and exercise advice.
Chiropractors take a holistic approach to your health and well-being. This means that they consider your symptoms in the context of your full medical history, your lifestyle and your personal circumstances.
For more information on Chiropractic go to www.gcc-uk.org.