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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.

changes to your posture during pregnancy


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