What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system particularly the spine and their effects on the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).
By restoring normal function to the musculoskeletal system chiropractic care relieves disorders and any accompanying pain or discomfort, arising from accidents, repetitive strain, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear that happens to all of us.

Chiropractors at Caterham Chiropractic Clinic take a biopsychosocial approach to your health and well-being: this means that they consider your symptoms in the context of your full medical history, your lifestyle and your personal circumstances in order to help you to manage your problem and prevent it recurring. We use a combination of recommended treatments such as manual therapy or spinal manipulation, ultrasound and acupuncture as well as advice about pain control, lifestyle, posture and exercise.

How effective is Chiropractic treatment?

It is important to understand that chiropractic is a profession and not a single treatment. Chiropractors use a package of treatment interventions such as manual therapy and spinal manipulation, acupuncture, advice about pain control, lifestyle and exercise that have been shown by research evidence to be effective and recommended by the National Instittue for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Back Pain Guideines 2009 (www.nice.org.uk/CG88).