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Chiropractic

About Chiropractic

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.

BCA: The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is the largest and longest-standing association for chiropractors in the UK. It was founded in 1925 and has a membership well in excess of 50% of the UK's registered chiropractors. The BCA only accepts members who have graduated from a nationally or internationally recognised College of Chiropractic Education, after a minimum of four years full-time training and ensures its chiropractors maintain high standards of conduct, practice, education and training. The BCA was a founder member of the European Chiropractors Union and the World Federation of Chiropractic.

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).

Training: The BCA only accepts graduates who have gone through a minimum four-year full-time internationally accredited course. The syllabus covers in-depth training in a variety of subjects including life sciences, biomechanics, clinical medicine and differential diagnosis. Practitioners also undergo practical training in adjustment and supervised clinical training, where they get hands-on practice in treating patients. Graduates who are members of the BCA undertake an additional year of supervised training as a requirement of membership. The General Chiropractic Council has a mandatory requirement for chiropractors to undertake a programme of continuing professional development, (CPD), as a condition of annual re-registration.