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Today Chiropractic care is much more than a way of seeking relief from back pain. Chiropractic is a mainstream healthcare profession serving the needs of thousands of UK patients. Health insurers and the medical profession all recognise the contribution of Chiropractic treatment to healthcare. The principle of Chiropractic is based primarily upon the relationship between the spine and the nervous system and the many and varied problems that may result from their dysfunction.
How it Works
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that our nervous systems control the function of virtually every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body. While the brain is protected by the skull, the spinal cord is more vulnerable, covered by 24 moving vertebrae. When these bones lose their normal motion or position, they can irritate the nervous system. This disrupts the function of the tissues or organs these nerves control, and this is called vertebral subluxation complex.
Chiropractic is the science of locating these areas of spinal malfunction and the art of correcting them to allow the body to heal itself (homeostasis). To do this chiropractors use a technique called an adjustment. An adjustment is a carefully executed manoeuvre that usually results in a joint clicking as a sticky joint is released. Adjustments are generally painless. They can be enjoyable, because of usual improved mobility, and other health benefits are noticed soon after. Because chiropractic is about allowing the body to heal itself, it does not include the use of drugs or surgery. Patients who require such intervention are referred for medical care.