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How could Chiropractic Therapy help me? 

Chiropractic Therapy deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of various musculoskeletal disorders and complaints, particularly focusing on their effects on the nervous system and other parts of the body. Chiropractic has been utilised since 1895 and uses forms of manual manipulation and hands-on therapy to help relieve many different kinds of musculoskeletal disorders and their symptoms. 

What can Chiropractic Therapy treat?

While most people associate Chiropractors with back pain, Chiropractic treatments and therapies can be helpful for a number of other conditions associated with the joints and central nervous system. Many practitioners use a multitude of techniques, including manipulation of the joints, adjustment of the spine, ice, heat, ultrasound therapy and exercises to treat all manner of joint pain (including back, neck, lumbar, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists and ankles), headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, asthma, gout and fatigue and weakness; some Chiropractors will even treat certain mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety. As well as an initial diagnosis and treatment, a Chiropractor may also be able to offer valuable advice on certain lifestyle changes, diet, and exercises that you will be able to continue, either after or between sessions.

Chiropractic Therapy is considered a Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); this means that your Doctor of GP may recommend visiting a Chiropractor alongside certain other treatments and medications. However, availability on the NHS is limited, and most people choose to seek Chiropractic treatment privately. The typical cost of a private Chiropractic session should be no more than about £30 - £40 for half an hour.

While numerous clinical trails and investigations have proven that Chiropractic Therapy is beneficial in the treatment of back pain and musculoskeletal problems, there is still some debate over how effective it is for other conditions. That being said; there is much anecdotal evidence that suggests Chiropractic is a valuable and worthwhile treatment for all of the above mentioned conditions.

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What can I expect when I visit my Chiropractor?

The kind of manual adjustment performed by a Chiropractor could be extremely beneficial for any musculoskeletal complaint that involves the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons or muscles. On your first visit, your Chiropractor should give you a full assessment, in order to diagnose the condition and decide on the appropriate treatments. In some cases,  an X-Ray of the spine or joint may be taken, and you will be asked questions regarding your medical history and any background information relating to the specific problem.

Any Chiropractic Therapy or treatment plan will be designed to relieve present symptoms, such as pain, swelling or stiffness, improve mobility and prevent the issue recurring in the future. A Chiropractor will use a combination of hands-on manipulative treatments that may include the pulling or stretching of the muscles, short sharp thrusts to the spine and careful mobility of the joints; this should not be painful, however, if there is any tenderness surrounding the soft tissues you may experience some minor discomfort.

Chiropractors in the UK are governed by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), and it is a legal requirement for a Chiropractor to be licensed and registered with this authority. Always check your Chiropractor is legitimate and properly certified; when performed incorrectly, Chiropractic treatments may cause more damage than they prevent.

Health Benefits of chiropractic Therapy

Chiropractic therapy has been found helpful in providing relief from various neuromuscular problems. Studies have proved that spinal manipulation offers similar or better improvement in low back pain and function as compared to short or long-term interventions. It is even safe and far better than taking medicines and risking the side effects associated with different drugs.

Regular chiropractic care, particularly when combined with exercise and a nutritious diet proves to be quite beneficial for the overall health of the body.