How Chiropractic Works

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, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine.

Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.

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.

Chiropractic is accepted as an effective form of care for both chronic and acute low back pain. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) includes chiropractic in its recommendations. NICE also recommends the following that have always been part of chiropractic management of low back pain.

Staying Physically Active

Provide advice and information to patients to help them self manage
Offer an exercise program to strengthen muscles, improve posture and flexibility.

A program to correct and improve posture has been developed by the chiropractic profession. View the video to try it for yourself. Visit Straighten Up UK. 

Further information can be found from the following websites:

British Chiropractic Association
General Chiropractic Council 
Anglo-European College of Chiropractic 


The word Chiropractic derives from the Greek "cheiro" (the hand) and "praktos" (to use) and is translated as meaning "done by hand". The technique of spinal manipulation has been used for over 2000 years in both western and oriental cultures.
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