Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions that affect the neuromusculoskeletal (nerves, muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments) systems, with particular interest in the spinal joints and their effect on the nervous system.
Treatment consists of a wide range of therapies, including manipulation (adjustments), mobilisation, soft tissue techniques and rehabilitative exercise. It is aimed to restore and maintain improved function of joints and soft tissues, thus relieving symptoms and improving the health and well-being of the body. Chiropractors can diagnose and treat problems in any joint in the body from migraine headaches and neck pains to your ankles and toes. The title of “back doctor” which chiropractors are often referred to does not cover the full range of problems that Doctors’ of Chiropractic can manage.
Chiropractic has been shown to be effective in the treatment of: Acute, sub-acute and chronic low back pain, migraine and headache coming from the neck, cerviogenic dizziness, several extremity joint conditions, i.e shoulder, arm, or leg pain, whiplash and associated disorders (Bronfort et al 2010). There is also favorable evidence (Bronfort et al 2010) that chiropractic is effective in the treatment of: Mid back pain, sciatica, tension-type headache. You do not need to be referred by your doctor; a chiropractor is trained to diagnose your problem and will refer you to another healthcare practitioner if necessary.
Bronfort, G. Haas, M. Evans, R. Leininger B. and Triano, J., (2010) Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report, Chiropractic and Osteopathy, 18;3