Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves of the body, particularly those of the spine.
Chiropractors focus on the relationship between your body's structure and function and how that in turn affects optimal health. By restoring normal function to the musculoskeletal system chiropractors can play a major part in relieving disorders arising from accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, and everyday wear and tear that happens to us all.
Treatment consists of a wide range of manipulative techniques designed to improve the function of the joints, relieving pain and muscle spasm.
Here at Stevenage Chiropractic Clinic, we also use a range of additional methods including: mobilisation, ultrasound, as well as soft tissue techniques including trigger point dry-needling and massage. Rehabilitation exercise, postural, ergonomic, and dietary advice is also included to provide an integrated approach.
Regulations of Chiropractic
In common with medical practitioners and dentists, all chiropractors are registered by law under the Chiropractors Act; 1994, and the title 'Chiropractor' is protected under this legislation. The profession is statutorily regulated through the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illegal to practice as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.
Education and Training
There are two fully internationally accredited institutions offering a 5 year full time course in the UK; Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC), in Bournemouth and Welsh Institute of Chiropractic at the University of Glamorgan (WIOC).