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What is Chiropractic?

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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, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine without the use of drugs or surgery.  Good spinal alignment leads to improved health related quality of life.

Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions.

The word ‘Chiropractic’ derives from the Greek "cheiro" (the hand) and "praktos" (to use). The Chiropractic profession was founded by D.D. Palmer in the 1890’s however the technique of spinal manipulation has been followed for more than 2000 years in both western and oriental cultures.

For more information on Chiropractic please follow the link to our practice video.

Is Chiropractic regulated?

In common with medical practitioners and dentists, the Chiropractic profession is subject to statutory regulation in the UK. The Chiropractors Act 1994 provides statutory regulation for the profession and the title ‘Chiropractor’ is protected under this legislation. The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is the statutory regulator and it is illegal to practice as a Chiropractor without being registered with the GCC. All of the Chiropractors at Dixon Health are registered with the GCC and Peter Dixon served on the council from 2002 and was Chairman from February 2006-2013.

How effective is Chiropractic?

There is a huge catalogue of already published research related to Chiropractic and a large amount of research is currently being carried out. This research looks not only at the effectiveness of Chiropractic but there is also research comparing Chiropractic with other healthcare services, looking at its cost effectiveness and looking at the prevalence of certain musculoskeletal conditions in society, which due to our sedentary lifestyles is unfortunately on the rise. The following link takes you to the Royal College of Chiropractors website and there it summarises a small selection of some of the research available. Click here to see the research.