What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a regulated profession that specialises in back and neck pain and no referral is necessary to access our services with an appointment available within 24 hours.
We specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries affecting the spine and other joints. Lower back pain and neck pain / stiffness are most commonly treated.
Treatment consists of manipulative and mobilising techniques to restore normal joint and tissue function. Chiropractic was developed in the late 1800’s and since then it has become the largest primary health care profession in the western world next to medicine and dentistry. Like doctors and dentists chiropractors are statutorily registered. All chiropractors must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council to work in the United Kingdom.
Most of the major health insurance companies will recognise Chiropractic care and it is advisable to check your policy before starting the treatment.
People of all ages can benefit from chiropractic from elderly to young children. In fact it is a good idea to have a spinal check from an early age much like the American system to assess children for any spinal scoliosis. Most of the patients seen at the practice want pain relief but we can also advise on preventative care for optimal posture.
Chiropractic is slowly becoming widely available across the UK with some NHS contracts in place. There are resident chiropractors forming part of most sports medicine teams around the world which is a testament to the value we bring as an adjunct to physiotherapy.
What is the difference between Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and Osteopathy?
Firstly all 3 are statutorily regulated by law and registered professions in the own right. Unlike osteopaths, chiropractors are trained and qualified to take and read x ray radiographs so historically most clinics have x ray services. Chiropractors use specific joint manipulation to the levels of the spine affected. So you will notice a difference in osteopathic manipulations and set up positions positions to that of a chiropractor- however both achieving the desired physiological result. Physio is a movement based therapy so there will be a motive to prescribe exercises. Having worked alongside many great physios, osteopaths and chiropractor we all work on the musculoskeletal system but naturally there will be slight differences between the professions.
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