Chiropractic is the third largest primary health care profession in the world after Medicine and Dentistry. It is a gentle, hands-on therapy concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders effecting your bones, joints and muscles - as well as the effects these disorders have on your nervous system and general health.
Chiropractic is particularly recognised for being effective in treating neck and back pain, however, it is used to treat many other conditions including:
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
Mechanical neck pain
Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
Muscle spasms and cramp, generalised aches and pains
Joint pain - including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
Shoulder complaints - including soft tissue problems or rotator cuff injuries/disorders
Elbow pain and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Minor sports injuries
On your first visit, you will have a thorough chat discussing your problem and your goals for treatment.
Afterwards, you will receive an exam which may look at the way your joints move, test your neurological system or even listen to your heart - all of which will be considered to give you a complete diagnosis.
During treatment, two types of chiropractic adjustment are available - including one which does not cause the "cracking" sound usually associated with chiropractic. Soft tissue release and Graston technique (a type of instrument assisted massage) may also be used to ease off your sore muscles. You will likely also be prescribed exercises or lifestyle advice to help you manage and improve your condition at home.