Chiropractic

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Chiropractic is a primary health care profession specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effect of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and on general health.  There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic 1999).

It uses gentle manipulative and mobilisation techniques, often called adjustments, to restore correct mobility to the joints. Soft tissue treatment is often used to relax tight muscles.This can come in the form of massage, dry needling or specific stretching of muscle groups. Advice on exercises, stretches and ergonomics is also frequently given.

It is a safe and effective treatment for many common complaints and is recommended in the UK and European Clinical Guidelines for the management of acute low back pain.

Although Chiropractic is often associated with the treatment of low back pain, Chiropractors are also trained to treat many other biomechanical and musculo-skeletal problems – from headaches to tennis elbow to sprained ankles!

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