Chiropractic is a registered primary health care profession. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints and muscles). They have a specialist interest in neck and back pain.
Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine.
Chiropractors are trained in using manipulation to free stiff or restricted joints. This can also be called “adjustments” or “manual therapy”. Manipulation involves the chiropractor using their hands to apply quick, precise thrusts to the restricted joints. During manipulation there may be popping sounds (similar to the ‘crack’ heard when people flex their knuckles). This is quite harmless. It is just the sound of gas bubbles popping in the fluid of the joints as pressure is released.
For further information on chiropractic, please visit the British Chiropractic Association website: www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk
Or the General Chiropractic Council website: www.gcc-uk.org