Chiropractic treatment involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine and other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, we may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, and exercise as well as advice about posture and lifestyle. Chiropractic doesn’t involve the use of any drugs or surgery and is suitable for all ages.
As defined by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), Chiropractic is described as; ‘A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, 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 adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation. (World Federation of Chiropractic, 2001).
Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients, considering physical, psychological and social factors. They provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and by restoring normal function to the body.
Chiropractors provide care for patients of all ages, who present with a range of acute and chronic conditions. As well as advice about self-help, exercise, diet and lifestyle, chiropractors often provide support for pain management, sports injuries and active rehabilitation.