Chiropractors provide ‘Chiropractic care’, Chiropractic is a regulated healthcare profession that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries to the muscles joints and nerves of the body, with special emphasis on the spine. A Chiropractor can only use the title ‘Chiropractor’ if they have:
1) Completed a university degree in Chiropractic
2) Registered with the General Chiropractic Council, the profession’s national governing body.
3) Have met the GCC’s requirements to practice.
Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-surgical approach and focuses on hands on treatment including spinal manipulation – a gentle way of getting your spine to move easier. Chiropractors also utilize many other joint and soft-tissue techniques. A core part of getting better is prescribed exercises and health/lifestyle/analgesic counselling.
These techniques may help relieve tension and spasm throughout the body and may help relieve pressure on nerves. Your treatment program is tailored to you; patients are encouraged to discuss treatment methods with their chiropractor.
Chiropractors are a highly trained regulated profession that can refer to suitable medical professions or medical imaging facilities if required. such as if they find a sign or symptom that they are not able to help with, or for findings that require further investigation.
The effectiveness of chiropractic care:
Getting you out of Pain!
Most patients attend the clinic as they are in pain; our main goal is to reduce your symptoms first and foremost. We then aim to strengthen the tissues that are at the injury site, which can help prevent re-occurrence.
A consultation usually includes 3 steps:
- Recording the history of your health and current complaint
- A full examination of the injury and any associated areas
- A report of findings – you are told what the injury likely is, how long it will take to improve with vs without care and an estimate of how many treatments this may take. You are also given advice on how to manage the injury at home and advised on any beneficial exercises.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don’t feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them – that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health and one of the later indicators that you are injured. For example, consider a hole in your tooth. It only really hurts when it first develops or only after it has become serious. Irrespective of whether you are talking about heart disease, diabetes, joint injuries – pain is usually the last thing to appear. A Chiropractor’s aim is to work with you to put together a package of care, to help you overcome your pain and prevent it from returning.
Corrective and rehabilitation phase
By this phase of the treatment your Chiropractor would have decreased you treatment frequency. You’ll likely have been given home exercises/stretches to do which your Chiropractor would have progressed as you improve.
We always reassess the progress of your recovery during every treatment session and alter your treatment and rehabilitation accordingly.
Common symptoms clients present with:
Head aches & Migraines
- Lower Back Pain
Arm and Leg Pain
Hip and Knee Pain