What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a gentle, natural drug-free healing art which recognises the body's self healing
abilities. The term Chiropractic is derived from Greek and means treatment by hand or manipulation.
Chiropractic offers hands on pain management for all ages. It can help with a wide range of
problems from head to toe.
Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis of and treatment of disorders of the spine, nerves, joints
and muscles. Treatment comprises highly skilled and specific adjustment or manipulation of the
spine and joints where signs of restriction in movement are found and it can also involve working
on muscles, joints and nerves allowing the body to get on with healing itself.
The central nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ and cell.
The nerve exits between the spinal bones and improper movement
of the joints can cause irritation of the nerves. The Chiropractor will
adjust the spine in order to restore a well functioning nervous system.
X-rays are sometimes used as a diagnostic tool.
The Meade report (Br. Med. J. 1990;300:1431-7) demonstrates that chiropractic is more effective than
conventional medicine in the treatment of low back pain. Patients who had Chiropractic care showed
70 percent more improvement than those given hospital out-patient care.
A follow-up study in 1995 confirmed the results and showed that Chiropractic patients had higher
levels of satisfaction with their treatment.