What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a safe, scientific and effective therapy for conditions of the spine and joints. Chiropractic is an evidence-based, but natural, way of creating optimum spinal health, so that the body can do its job, enabling you to overcome negative effects of a spine that is out of condition.
Chiropractors use their hands to locate the joint that is not moving properly and use a quick impulse, called an ‘adjustment’ to free the joint. The muscles can then start to work normally and the spine will gradually return to its optimal working condition.
Chiropractors are trained for five years, full-time, achieving a BSc and MSc, with more academic contact hours than medical students. Their final year of study involves treating 400 patients, doing 40 new patient examinations and taking 100 x-rays. Following graduation they must complete a pre-registration year (exactly the same as medical graduates do) in order to achieve Doctor of Chiropractic status. They are fully regulated by the General Chiropractic Council under the Chiropractic Act 1994. Our chiropractors are all members of the British Chiropractic Association. Throughout their careers, they must undertake 30 hours per year of Continuing Professional Development courses set out by the Royal College of Chiropractors.
We now offer both Diversified and McTimoney techniques at the clinic.
WHAT HAPPENS ON YOUR FIRST VISIT?
On your first visit, your chiropractor will ask about your problem and take a detailed medical history so he/she knows what has happened to you in the past, and about your general health. He/she will then carry out a detailed examination of your spine and nervous system. He/she may find that x-rays are needed, depending on specific criteria that warrant an x-ray.
At the second visit, he/she will explain the cause of your problem in detail, give you a pictorial/written report, tell you how he/she is going to treat you, how many times you need to come in and how often and, with your agreement, start treatment.
Chiropractors use a variety of techniques in your treatment, click here for details.