Chiropractic is a primary health care profession (meaning you do not need a referral from a GP) that is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of conditions that effect the muscles, joints and bones that make up the body and the effect that these disorders may have on the nervous system and general health.
Chiropractors use a variety of different techniques to treat these conditions including spinal and extremity manipulation, joint mobilisation, soft tissue release and massage, and dry needling.
Along with traditional manual chiropractic techniques, advice on stretches, exercise, posture and life style changes may also be given.
Although chiropractic is best known for treatment of neck and lower back pain, studies have shown it to be successful for treating a variety of different issues as detailed below:
- Neck and back pain
- TMJ syndrome (Jaw dysfunction)
- Plantar fasciitis (foot pain)
- Ankle pain
- Muscle pain
- Frozen shoulder/ Shoulder pain
- Epicondylitis (Tennis/Golfers elbow)
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
The effectiveness of manual therapies. Bronfort et al 2010