Dr Charlotte Tribe wrote an article to create awareness for Chiropractic which has been published in the Westhill Bulletin- Autumn 2014 edition, Issue 139, pg 30…
Not just a pain in the neck…?
Graduating two years ago, after five years of study, having lived and breathed chiropractic treatment for the last seven years I tend to forget that many members of the public have no real conception of what chiropractic involves.
Every second week I get asked the natural question “So what is chiropractic?”, or “So what is the difference between a chiropractor, an osteopath and a physiotherapist?”
Daniel David Palmer is recognised as the founder of chiropractic, over a hundred years ago. Chiropractors diagnose, treat and provide support for an array of pains, injuries and conditions which affect the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. The treatment plan is decided by the patient and practitioner together, encouraging the patient to be actively involved in the management of their own care. Chiropractors treat everyone from new born babies and pregnant ladies, to the elderly and the athlete.
Very often people seek chiropractic when they are already in pain but are often surprised when, after their course of treatment, if maintained, supportive chiropractic care can help prevent recurrence of the condition. Chiropractic primarily addresses postural dysfunction which is one of the main causes of neck shoulder and back pain.
Principally we are sought after to consult on:
- Low back and neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis elbow and knee pain
- Arthritic pain of the hip and knee
- Joint pains
- Migraines, headaches and dizziness
- Muscle spasms and cramps…and many more.
To answer the question of what makes chiropractic different- chiropractic treatment is mainly identified by the use of high velocity, low amplitude thrusts or joint mobilizations in the treatment of joint restriction and dysfunction, primarily within the spine but can be performed at any joint- wherever treatment is warranted. This scientific jargon just means it’s a bit like ‘undoing a kink in a hose’.
The year 2009 was a turning point for the chiropractic profession in the United Kingdom when Bronfort, et al. consolidated considerable previous research into the most concise research review to date, which deemed chiropractic treatment safe and effective.
At present chiropractic treatment is primarily sought privately, however, the recently revised NICE guidelines, for the first time, allows for direct referral to chiropractors by general practitioners, and this practice is carried out in many parts of the UK. What’s more, many insurance companies cover chiropractic care.
Chiropractic is becoming more widely recognised and respected as a legitimate method of treatment, and as a result triage with chiropractic has been incorporated into several regions of the NHS, such as in Essex, Chester and Truro, Cornwall.
Charlotte Tribe, Doctor of Chiropractic
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