Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. The musculoskeletal system incorporates your bones, joints and muscles. Chiropractors’ specialist interest is neck and back pain, focussing on the health of the spine, however this involves understanding and assessing the entire physical wellbeing of the patient to fix the cause rather than just treat the symptoms.
Chiropractors use a range of safe, often gentle techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility. Such techniques include hands-on manipulation of the spine, ultrasound, acupuncture, tailored exercises and advice on posture and lifestyle changes. Specific spinal manipulation can free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly.
Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions and they have a longstanding history of treating musculoskeletal sports injuries.
As a regulated industry then in order to call themselves a chiropractor someone has to be trained to degree level on an approved course and registered with the General Chiropractic Council. Their role is to protect the public through setting and ensuring high standards of practice for chiropractors, keeping a register and dealing with complaints.
Many Chiropractors also join an association such as the British Chiropractic Association which serves to develop, progress and represent members’ needs and interests.
The British Chiropractic Association says “Chiropractic can be an excellent treatment option for sports injuries and pain. When sportspeople are unable to improve no matter how much hard work they put in, chiropractic treatment can also aid them in exceeding their ability threshold. Treatment is often followed by a rehabilitation plan which may help to strengthen the injured area, improve your flexibility and help to prevent future problems. It can also increase your control, co-ordination and muscle strength. Many top sports teams therefore employ a BCA chiropractor as part of their medical care provision. Importantly, chiropractors will always do a detailed examination of your health before treatment to ensure that chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition.”
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