As a chiropractor in Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic, a busy clinic in North London, many new patients who I treat have some idea of what a chiropractor does before coming to the clinic but are often surprised at what chiropractors really do.
You may be wondering yourself what a chiropractor does and I hope the following will offer you an insight into this.
Chiropractors specialise in diagnosing and treating disorders of the spine, joints and muscles. Although chiropractors are probably most known for treating back and neck pain we do have patients consult us regarding a range of other related conditions.
One of the key areas of interest of a chiropractor is a well-functioning nervous system. Chiropractors work primarily with the spine to improve the efficiency of a patient’s nervous system and to release the body’s natural healing ability. Chiropractors use their hands to make specific adjustments to a patient’s spine and joints, they achieve this by removing interference that may be causing pain or impairing normal health.
The term Chiropractic derives from the classical Greek words ‘cheiro’ meaning hand and ‘ praktos’ meaning to use and means treatment by hand or manipulation. It is a natural, gentle, drug free, healing art that recognises the body’s self-healing abilities.
On your first visit to a chiropractor, the chiropractor will undertake a thorough consultation and examination which will include taking a thorough case history and full neurological and orthopaedic examination. X-Rays and EMG scans are sometimes taken to check for any abnormalities or conditions which will help the chiropractor diagnose the problem and determine a suitable course of treatment.
The chiropractor will then undertake a detailed analysis of how your individual bones, joints and muscles move to identify specific problems.
Should chiropractic treatment be appropriate for you, the chiropractor will use gentle adjustments by hand on the necessary joints to help you. The chiropractor may also work on your muscles. Chiropractors use different adjustment techniques.
As common with medical practitioners and dentists, the chiropractic profession is regulated by law.
The Chiropractors Act 1994 provides statutory regulation for the profession and the title ‘chiropractor’ is protected under this legislation. The statutory regulator is the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illegal to practise as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.
I hope that this has given you a better insight of what a chiropractor does.
If you are considering visiting a chiropractor in North London then please don’t hesitate to call us at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic and see how we may help you.