Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.
Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession, regulated in the same way as medicine and dentistry. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the bones, joints and muscles that support the body (the musculoskeletal system).
Chiropractic can help treat a wide range of conditions, including low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches, migraines, tension and stress, minor sports injuries, muscle spasms and cramps, joint pains – including the shoulder, elbow, knees, hips, ankles and feet.
Chiropractic treatment involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to 'free' joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.