Chiropractors are concerned with the nerves, muscles and bones that make up the human body. Problems in these nerves and the musculoskeletal system can be caused by accidents, stress, lack of exercise, excessive weight, poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear. These problems may cause nerve tissue to stretch, chafe or become irritated; thus, hindering the vital nerve links between body and brain.
Depending on your condition, the chiropractor may manipulate (move) parts of your spine or joints, carry out soft tissue techniques and give you advice on exercise, home care, diet and lifestyle changes.
Manipulation involves precisely handing or moving any joint in the body or parts of the spine. This is usually painless unless the area being treated is already inflamed or swollen. The chiropractor will alter the treatment if this is the case and do not be alarmed if you hear a clicking or popping noise during treatment. Some patients have mild reactions to treatment such as joint and muscle aches and pains; however, these are usually very temporary.
Treatment is a partnership between you are your chiropractor. Before your treatment starts your chiropractor will:
This will depend on your condition, how severe it is, how long you have had the condition, how you respond to treatment and how much of the chiropractor's advice that you follow. The chiropractor will review your progress regularly and will discuss carrying out any investigation such as x-rays and scans or referring you to your GP or a specialist if your condition does not improve.