Chiropractic is a regulated primary healthcare profession. A chiropractor who is a member of the British Chiropractic Association has trained for four or five years in a full time university environment and is trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. A chiropractor has a specialist interest in neck and lower back pain, but when they assess patients, they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account.
A chiropractor uses a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility in restricted joints. The treatment primarily involves the use of safe, specific spinal adjustments to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body, but a chiropractor may also use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise, low intensity laser therapy (LLLT) and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
Although chiropractors are best known for treating lower back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other conditions including sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain and sport injuries amongst others.
If you would like to learn more about the effectiveness of chiropractic care then please follow this link to the Royal College of Chiropractors.