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What is Chiropractic?

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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system (joints, bones, ligaments and muscles) and the effects these disorders have on the function of the nervous system and general health.

It’s a primary healthcare profession and you do not need to be referred by your GP. A chiropractor is trained to diagnose what is wrong and will refer you to another healthcare practitioner if necessary.

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body. Your nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord, and millions of nerves. Your brain is protected by the skull and your spinal cord by the 24 moving bones of the spine.

Poor posture, accidents, lack of exercise, stress, repetitive movements or just everyday wear and tear can cause the spinal bones to lose their normal position or motion. This can lead to pain/stiffness and poor function of the nervous system.

People of all ages and from all walks of life can benefit from chiropractic treatment, from babies and children, through adulthood and into later years, including pregnant women.

Chiropractic works by identifying the underlying cause of pain/symptoms and then correcting it. No surgery or drugs are involved. It is an all natural, non-invasive, safe and effective way of reaching your optimal health.

Treatment consists of gentle manipulative techniques, known as adjustments, to restore correct function, mobility and good alignment to the joints. As a result, nerve, joint and muscular function will be improved.

There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be the one best suited to your age, size and condition.

The title of chiropractor is protected by law and only practitioners who are registered by the GCC can call themselves chiropractors. The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) has set standards of education and all chiropractors must have graduated from an accredited institution before being accepted onto the register. For more details go to

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is the largest association for chiropractors in the UK and only accepts graduates who have undertaken a minimum four year, full time internationally accredited course. Graduates who are members of the BCA undertake an additional year of supervised training as a requirement of membership, and there are many opportunities for chiropractors to study for postgraduate specialist qualifications. For more information on BCA go to