Chiropractic is the third largest health care profession in the world. It is concerned with the system that governs movement (bones, joints, muscle, fascia, tendons and ligaments) and the nervous system that activates and organises this.
Although chiropractors are associated with treating necks and backs, chiropractic can be for other joint and muscle problems, even the jaw. Chiropractors also advise on diet and exercise as well as posture to help you achieve better function of your body.
Problems can be the result of injury, disease, poor posture, stress and other lifestyle habits which lead to pain and dysfunction.
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat and, if necessary, refer you to another health care professional such as your doctor or dentist. They are also able to refer you for x-rays and MRIs and some laboratory tests which are usually privately funded.
In the UK all chiropractors must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council, an independent statutory body established by Parliament. Its role is to regulate all chiropractors in the UK to ensure the safety of patients undergoing chiropractic treatment. The GCC also regulates chiropractic education so that chiropractors are properly trained to a satisfactory level. Like most professions, chiropractors must undergo a minimum of 30 hours of further education each year.
Chiropractic adjustments vary according to the type of technique used. Many patients visit our clinic because we use a gentle approach to chiropractic that is whole body and which is particularly suited to babies and elderly patients.
All our chiropractors are Members of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association and as well as using McTimoney adjustments we may use chiropractic adjusting instruments, craniosacral therapy and applied kinesiology.
If appropriate, you may be referred to one of our other practitioners in the clinic for either sports therapy or remedial massage or Pilates.