What is chiropractic? - Adjust Chiropractic

The definition of chiropractic according to the World Federation of Chiropractic is, “Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft tissue manipulation.”Chiropractors undergo rigorous study in order to carry out these tasks and must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council.

Chiropractors undergo a thorough education of 5-6 years duration in order to be able to diagnose, treat and manage conditions of the spine and peripheral joints. Chiropractors employ manual techniques such as manipulative therapy, joint and muscle mobilisation soft tissue techniques, and exercises. Advice regarding what patients should do and not do, treatment expectations, and referral to other health care professionals when required is part of proper management. It is common for chiropractors to co-manage patients with other professionals such as physiotherapists, physicians and surgeons.

A treatment strategy is usually divided into 3 sub sections:

  • Pain relief

    Attained through manipulations, advice and medication as needed.

  • Functional restoration

    Normal movement and the restoration of strength and endurance from initial therapies applied.

  • Prevention

    Primarily exercise, manipulations as required, adjustments carried out at the workplace and alterations to leisure time activities.

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