What is chiropractic?

What to expect when you visit a Chiropractor

History (in brief)

What is chiropractic?

This document provides general information of what to expect when you visit a therapist, and a general theory behind how their discipline works. It must be noted, however, that every therapist works in an individual way, and may subscribe to slightly different theories on how their discipline works. It is always advised that you ask to see relevant qualifications and discuss the treatment offered to you by the practitioner if you are in any doubt whatsoever.

The name derives from the words kheir meaning hand and praktikos meaning practical. Chiropractors believe the spine, (because it links the brain to the body and protects the nervous system) needs to be in good working order, or it will have adverse affects on the rest of the working body.

Therapists believe that the body has an ability to heal itself, but can only do so when the skeletal structure functions smoothly. Spinal disorders, it is believed, can cause not only problems in the area of the back, hips and legs but can also cause problems like asthma, constipation and migraine to name but a few.

Main uses

Spine and neck disorders, menstrual pain, asthma, headaches, digestive disorders, tinnitus, vertigo, sciatica and muscle and joint problems.

General Guidelines

This is a discipline whereby techniques involving manipulation are used to keep the central nervous system and organs in good working order. It is used to diagnose and treat problems to do with the spine, joints and muscles, as well as seemingly unrelated conditions such as asthma and digestive disorders.

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