Chiropractic is a regulated primary healthcare profession. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. They have a specialist interest in neck and back pain but when they assess patients, they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account.
Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes. See a brief video here http://bit.ly/bcaaboutchiro
Chiropractors work hard to educate people how to prevent problems in the first place and the British Chiropractic Association has some great, practical advice sheets and video segments http://bit.ly/bcapostureinf
Are chiropractors regulated?
The chiropractic profession is statutorily regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and all chiropractors must fulfil the requirements of the GCC’s Code of Practice and Standard of Proficiency http://www.gcc-uk.org/.
Does it work?
There is a large amount of evidence that shows the effectiveness of chiropractic care. A great example of chiropractic being used effectively in the UK is seen in the Department of Health case study Manual therapies, Back and Neck Service, NHS, North East Essex in which the effectiveness of chiropractic care in the management of back and neck care is demonstrated http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130805112926/http:/healthandcare.dh.gov.uk/back-and-neck-pain-services/
Does Chiropractic work alongside other treatments-either drug based or other alternative therapies?
Chiropractic can work alongside other treatments. However, if you are undertaking two different types of treatment you should let your Chiropractor know.
What should a patient discuss with a practitioner? Also, do they need to inform their GP or consultant about any Chiropractic treatment received?
It’s a good idea to seek advice from a healthcare professional if you’re experiencing pain in the first instance but you can refer yourself for chiropractic care. Once treatment with a chiropractor commences they can write to your GP if you wish them to and, with your full consent, inform your GP of your treatment and progress plus, if you give your consent, information can be shared between them to ensure your health records are kept up to date. See a video regarding your first visit to a chiropractor: http://bit.ly/bcaaboutchiro
What’s the best way to choose the right practitioner?
The BCA website has a search facility enabling you to find a registered chiropractor in the UK: www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk
Is there an average number of sessions patients usually need?
Patients usually require around six to eight sessions but this will vary in each case. NICE guidelines on Low Back Pain CG88 suggest that up to nine sessions of treatment may be required. Like any treatment, the number of treatments required will depend on the presentation of the complaint and whether it is an acute or chronic problem.
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