What is Chiropractic?
The World Federation of Chiropractic defines chiropractic as "A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment."
Chiropractic is a primary health care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of neuromuscoluoskeletal conditions that occur secondary to the mechanical dysfunction of joints and muscles.
Founded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, Chiropractic is now the third largest healthcare Profession in the West after Dentistry and Medicine. Although a relatively “new” profession, records dating back several thousand years from ancient Greek and Chinese civilizations refer to spinal manipulation.
The profession is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illegal to practice in the UK without being registered with the GCC.
In the UK, Chiropractors undergo a minimum of four years internationally accredited training covering topics such as anatomy, neurology, radiography and orthopaedics. The training is extensive and it has to be updated yearly in order to maintain registration with the GCC.