What is it?
Chiropractic is a profession which specialises in diagnosing and treating conditions caused by mechanical dysfunction of the joints, particularly the spine, and their effects on the nervous system.
What happens during chiropractic treatment?
After finding out what is wrong, chiropractors use their hands to change the movement of the joints and muscles of your spine or limbs where they have found signs of restricted movement. This improves mobility and relieves pain. This treatment is known as ‘manipulation’. Although manipulation has been used for thousands of years to treat these conditions, modern Chiropractic was founded in 1895. Chiropractors use many techniques in addition to manipulation including massage techniques, soft tissue techniques, active muscle releases, passive muscle releases. Chiropractors can also give advice on lifestyle changes, exercise and general health.
How does manipulation work?
Manipulating joints stimulates ‘proprioceptors’ (your body’s position sensors) which can affect the way the nervous system works. These treatments aim to correct poor functioning of the spine or peripheral joints. They will also bring about a relief of muscle spasm and pain.
Who can receive treatment?
Chiropractic treatment is suitable for everyone, from newborn babies to older people, pregnant women and people who take part in sport. The aim of treatment is not just to make you feel better, but to help ensure your health remains better.