Chiropractic (derived from the Greek “cheir” + praktikos”) meaning “done by hand” is defined by the World Health Organisation as “a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is a general emphasis on manual techniques including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a particular focus on spinal joint dysfunction.”
What are the benefits of Chiropractic care?
As of 2007, the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recommends spinal manipulation and exercise therapy for subacute and chronic lower back pain. A 2010 Cochrane Review found that combined Chiropractic interventions (more than spinal manipulation alone) slightly improve pain and dysfunction in the short and medium term for acute and subacute lower back pain. There is also evidence supporting the use of spinal manipulation and exercise therapy in the treatment of neck pain.
Although there is no evidence to support (nor disprove), patients often report back that they have:
- Better quality of sleep
- More energy
- Improve muscle efficiency and strength
- Better movement
- Improvement concentration
- Improved balance and co-ordination
- Better posture
- Stand taller
- Run smoother
- Lift easier
- Lower rate of injuries
How can Chiropractic help?
A Chiropractors key area of expertise is in the neuro-musculoskeletal system and are hence trained to treat conditions affecting this system. Whether that be headaches, a strained hamstring, lower back pain, a rotator cuff injury, an ankle sprain or neck pain.
Some of the conditions Chiropractic can be beneficial in treating:
- Back and neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Arthritis, shoulder, arm, hip, leg pain
- Extremity conditions – knee, ankle, feet, elbow, wrist, hand pain
- Muscle spasm
- Sporting injuries
Is Chiropractic care safe?
The World Health Organisation states that when “employed skilfully and appropriately, Chiropractic care is safe and effective for the prevention and management of a number of health problems.”