Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline firmly grounded in science. All our practitioners have undergone extensive and lengthy training and gained a degree, BSc, MSc, MChiro or DC (a Doctor in Chiropractic) in order to qualify as primary healthcare providers. All activity is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council and practitioners are required to adhere to its code of practice and standard of proficiency, as well as undergoing continuing professional development.
The word "chiropractic" comes from the Greek words cheir (hand) and praxis (action), and simply means "done by hand."
Chiropractic focuses on restoring, preserving, and optimising health through non-invasive, natural hands-on care, in other words without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractors specialise in the treatment of the neuro-musculoskeletal system (meaning the nervous system, joints and muscles). Most commonly patients seek help with back and neck pain, but the whole system works better with a properly functioning nervous system.
Your nervous system is largely housed by your spine and skull, so these areas are where we typically focus much of our efforts, assessing where poor functioning joints, cranial bones, muscles and nerves result in pain and mobility problems as well as general poor health. Typically chiropractic treatment involves a blend of skilful realignment, coupled with nutritional and lifestyle advice, and an exercise programme.