Chiropractic care for people
Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis,
treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the
musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the
function of the nervous system and general health. There is an
emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or
adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).
Chiropractors provide care for patients of all ages, who
present with a range of acute and chronic conditions. As well as
advice about self-help, exercise, diet and lifestyle, chiropractors
often provide support for pain management, sports injuries and active
rehabilitation. The General Chiropractic Council has produced a Patient Information
Leaflet, available in a number of languages, which gives you
an idea of what you can expect when you see a Chiropractor.
Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach
to the health needs of their patients, considering physical,
psychological and social factors. They provide care and support
by reducing pain and disability and by restoring normal function to
people with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.
A Medical Research Council clinical trial and its
follow-up, reported in the British Medical Journal in 1990 and 1995,
found that chiropractic treatment of back pain was more effective than
hospital outpatient treatment. The European Commission Acute Low
Back Pain Guidelines includes manipulation as an effective treatment
for low back pain.
At Wessex Chiropractic we have a particular interest in
the treatment of pregnant women and babies. Chiropractic treatment during pregnancy can be slightly different to care received when not pregnant. Our chiropractor is trained in the Webster technique and optimal foetal
positioning. The diagram below illustrates the changes in posture
that can occur during pregnancy. Please don't hesitate to
contact us for a chat to find out whether you or your child may be
helped by chiropractic care.