What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a primary health care profession, which focuses on diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and bones). Chiropractic is a regulated profession, which has great success in treating aches and pains in not only the spine but in any joint in the body. A specialist interest is placed on the spine, as this is where all the nerves exit. Chiropractors under go 4 or 5 years of intensive training at university meaning they have outstanding knowledge of anatomy, physiology, radiology and pathology. This means they are able to safely diagnose your condition and give you treatment, which fits your specific needs.
What is Chiropractic treatment?
Chiropractic treatment is a drug free alternative to healthcare. The treatment itself often composes of safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to stiff and restricted areas of the spine. This increases movement in the area and reduces irritation of the joints, which in turn increases functionality. This manipulation is done with the chiropractors hands.
Once the mobility of the joints has been restored the chiropractor will often treat the surrounding musculature with a number of different soft tissue modalities such as ‘pressure points’, ‘sports massage’ and ‘active stretches’. Advise on using ICE or HEAT will often be given and a specific and structured exercise plan will be explained.