What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a registered health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on function of the nervous system and general health. Each Chiropractor is governed and regulated by the General Chiropractic Council.

But what does this mean? To be on the register, you have to have completed the degree level Chiropractic training and demonstrate the skills, knowledge and ability to practice safely and effectively. To maintain our registration, every chiropractor will partake in continued professional development to ensure we are providing the best quality of care and using up to date knowledge. In order to provide you with the most appropriate care, we look at your medical history and examine you in order to find out what the cause could be for your injury.

What do chiropractors do? There are many different techniques used in chiropractic. Some practitioners use more of one technique, whereas others select aspects of different techniques to help create a ‘tool box’. At Marlborough Chiropractic Clinic we select different techniques based on the patient’s presentation and preferences. This can include manipulation to joints, various different mobilisation techniques, assisted manipulation like the use of drops or an activator, and different soft tissue techniques. It is hands-on care that is patient centred. Chiropractic isn’t just about manual treatment; we also educate patients about ergonomics, nutrition and exercise patterns as well as working alongside other health care professionals such as physiotherapists and sports therapists. These extra aspects of care help to improve outcomes.

Is it safe? Having a toolbox of techniques that chiropractors can utilise, means they can select a style of care that is safe for you, taking into account other health care problems, personal preferences and risk factors for certain conditions. Having an assortment of techniques allows safe treatment of the younger patients too.

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