Chiropractic is a primary health profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and management of conditions that are due to problems with the bones, joints, muscles and nerves, particularly those of the spine. Using a hands-on, drugs free approach, chiropractors locate and then release any joint and muscle tension.
Restricted movement in joints is often a result of tissue damage which leads to inflammation and pain, and reduced function. Tissue damage can be caused by repetitive stresses such as poor posture for extended periods of time, or a single traumatic event such as lifting a heavy object incorrectly or a fall. Chiropractic treatment aims to restore joint mobility, relieve pain and tightness associated with the dysfunctional joint.
Chiropractors work on all parts of the body, concentrating on the spine, using their hands to perform skilled, precise manipulation. Regulated Chiropractors provide an individual ‘package of care’ whereby they support their treatment with a range of other techniques as well as advice about the patient’s lifestyle, work and exercise in order to help in managing the condition and preventing a recurrence of the problem.
Patients visit chiropractors in a private capacity either through self-referral or as a result of a referral from their GP, other doctor or health professional. Regulated Chiropractors also treat people who are seeking treatment through private health insurers.