What is Chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is a major contributor to natural health in the UK, providing conservative care to relieve pain, restore function and improve an overall feeling of wellbeing.

Chiropractors are highly trained in the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints and muscles), and the effects these complaints have on the nervous system and general health.

Chiropractors use a wide range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility. Chiropractic treatment in the main involves safe, often gentle, specific manipulation or mobilisation to free joints in the spine or other arears of the body that are not moving correctly. Therapy may also include ice, heat, acupuncture and exercise, as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.

How does Chiropractice differ to Osteopathy?

Chiropractic management is similar to Osteopathy. Both professions treat the patient holistically, considering the person as a whole and not focusing solely on managing the area of complaint. Both disciplines also utilise joint manipulation, mobilisation and soft tissue therapy to relieve symptoms and improve range of motion. In many cases patients may not even notice the difference between the two modes.

Both Chiropractic and Osteopathy are regulated primary healthcare professions. Clinicians must therefore be fully qualified and demonstrate continuous learning to improve their practice.

What can we help with?

Chiropractic patients include the very young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Although chiropractors have a special interest in neck and back pain, conditions treated also include:

  • Sciatica
  • Headaches (caused by neck problems)
  • Migraine prevention
  • Joint pain
  • Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
  • Hip, knee and ankle pain
  • Whiplash and related pain
  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • Muscle spasm and tension
  • Postural problems



Christina Edwards