Chiropractors are qualified health professionals who offer treatment for problems with the bones, joints and muscles that support the body (the ‘musculoskeletal system’).
Problems may occur as a result of accidents, illness, poor posture, lack of exercise, sports injury – or simply everyday wear and tear. These problems tend to cause pressure on the nerves in the body.
Chiropractors treat a wide variety of conditions; including: back, neck or joint pain; and conditions arising from sports injury. They also treat headaches, caused by neck problems; as well as helping patients with migraine prevention.
Treatment by a chiropractor involves manipulation of the spine or joints to remedy the problem. A chiropractor may also give you advice on exercise, self-help, diet and lifestyle. Some may also offer rehabilitation programmes.
Chiropractors are trained to recognise when chiropractic treatment will not help a medical condition; and will refer a new patient to a GP when necessary.