What is Chiropractic ?

It is a healthcare profession that utilizes a natural, conservative, hands-on approach to treat conditions associated with the neuro-musculoskeletal system, without drugs and/or surgery.

There is a scientific and logical basis for chiropractic. Just as a mechanic looks for the root cause of an engine failure we look for the root cause of your biomechanical symptoms.

With this understanding, you can see how chiropractic fits in with other healthcare specialties to provide an integrated approach to treating neuro-musculoskeletal conditions.

We try to establish the root cause of your issues; this is why each session is tailor-made to your needs.

What will happen during the exam?

  • Your chiropractor will take a complete history on your present complaint and past illness.  
  • You will also be asked about family history, other treatments you have received, your job and other questions in order to determine the nature of your discomfort.  
  • An examination will be performed to detect the nature of your complaint.  
  • After taking a history and completing the examination, the chiropractor will determine if Chiropractic care is right for you.

The spine functions to protect the spinal cord which sends out nerve branches that send and receive signals for every cell in the body. The spine also functions to provide support and structure to the body.

The Chiropractor sees the spine as a series of motor units, each called a spinal joint complex. Each joint complex is composed of 2 vertebra, a disc between, the ligaments, muscles, fascia, blood vessels and nerves.

The Chiropractors' primary goal is to restore motion to a fixated (abnormally locked) joint & to reduce the tension/spasm in surrounding muscles.

They also look at the way the body moves and functions naturally to assess if there are abnormal movement patterns that have been adopted or bad behaviours that have led to the current condition of the spine and surrounding musculature.

Its not just all about backs!

Our clinics treat a variety of conditions. Please see the conditions page for a detailed list.

Frequently asked questions...

What is the “crack” noise?

It is gas being released from the joint due to a pressure change that occurs during an adjustment.  It is not the bones rubbing against each other. 

Do I have to hear the “crack” noise?

No, we utilise a variety of techniques many of which do not make this noise. 

How long will it take?

That depends on the type of problem and how long it has been there.  We tailor everyone's treatment and schedule individually to help them achieve the best results possible.

Do I need a program of care?

It depends on what is causing your discomfort.  Many problems do not resolve overnight therefore they do require a treatment schedule as it takes time to restore correct joint position and movement as well as for muscles and ligaments to heal. 

Will it hurt?

Chiropractic is virtually pain-free, however you may find certain adjustments uncomfortable momentarily.  Following treatment, certain people may experience some minor discomfort which is perfectly normal.  To minimise this it is best to maintain good spinal posture and avoid heavy exercise or lifting immediately after your appointment.  If you are unsure about any activities please ask your Chiropractor.

Do I need to see a GP first?

No. Just come in!  

Is it safe for pregnant women and children?

Yes, techniques are modified to accommodate for pregnancy, baby's and children's spines.  Your chiropractor has been specifically trained in this area.  Research has shown that women who experience pregnancy related back pain can benefit from chiropractic care and that it is safe.  Chiropractic care may help to reduce labour time as it allows the pelvis to be in its correct neutral position allowing maximum room for the baby to birth, (Fallon J. International Chiropractic Association. 1994 - Arlington, Virginia). 

Research has shown that chiropractic is safe for baby's and children. 

A study by Guttmann, showed that of the more than one thousand infants examined, it was concluded that approximately 80% of all newborns had some form of nerve dysfunction.   Our nervous system plays an extremely important part in the functioning of our bodies so chiropractic may help with colic, breastfeeding and attachment issues, recurrent ear aches, just to name a few.  It can also be extremely beneficial to have babies and children checked to ensure that they have a healthy spine even if they have no symptoms. 

Can this help my back at work?

Of course.  By having correct spinal alignment and more relaxed muscles this can help to make you feel more comfortable.  We will also discuss with you correct ergonomics and provide strategies to help minimise pain from occurring.

Do Chiropractors deal with sports injuries?

Absolutely.  We can help to restore the correct movement and function to a joint, tendon, ligament and muscle as well as help to correctly realign scar formation making the tissue stronger and healthier through the use of manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue work and stretches.

Research has shown that conservative manual therapy is the ideal treatment for shoulder injuries from repetitive throwing during sports. Chiropractors’ have a thorough understanding of how the joints in the body work and how to treat muscular imbalances that may arise.  This is demonstrated in another article where chiropractic treatment and patient home management helped to alleviate low back pain in recreational runners.

In up to 25% of amateur golfers surveyed, lower back injuries seemed to prevail particularly in the follow through phase of the golf swing and 40% of these visit a chiropractor to alleviate their discomfort.  It is mainly due to the repetitive nature of the golfing swing.

Can chiropractic help with arthritis?

Yes, research shows that manual therapy such as chiropractic is more effective than a joint arthroscopy.  

Is it safe for the elderly?

Yes, as techniques are modified for those with arthritis and osteoporosis.  Research has shown that it is safe and beneficial.  It may also help to prevent falls as arthritic joints are one of the causative factors.

Yes. In recent research it was shown that 44% of those receiving chiropractic care reported having arthritis compared with 66% in the non-chiropractic care group. Following up these groups 3 years later, less than 5% of those who used chiropractic care were in a nursing home, while a staggering 48% of those who did not use chiropractic care had been admitted to a nursing home. 

What sort of training do chiropractors receive?

One must have studied an accredited 5-year chiropractic program conducted at one of two Universities within the UK (http://www.aecc.ac.uk/ or http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/16-mchiro-chiropractic), or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the British Chiropractic Regulating authority.  Upon completion of tertiary studies a practitioner must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council and the British Chiropractic Association.

We are expected to complete further study and be up-to-date with current research thus providing the best evidenced based care possible. We can also discuss other options available to you should you wish.

All of our Chiropractors have studied in Britain at AECC, which is said to be the best in the world.


If we haven't answered it here please call our receptionists they are very knowledgeable and can offer advice or book in for a free 10 minute screen with one of the Chiropractors today who can assess you and explain how we can help you.


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