Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis and drug-free treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions. In particular, they treat any problem caused by the muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons or nerves of the body. Chiropractors are well-known for treating back or neck problems, but are qualified to treat many physical conditions.
Make sure you see regulated health professional for “back cracking”?
The General Chiropractic council (GCC) regulate Chiropractors. In fact, without being registered with the GCC it is illegal to call yourself a chiropractor. Every year chiropractors re-register with the GCC who check that they are fit to practice. They keep up with continuous professional development (CPD) requirements, and are fully insured to treat members of the public.
Chiropractors are educated to a high standard in anatomy, physiology and neurology. All must have completed a four year full-time Masters of Chiropractic course at one of the accredited institutions. Including one year within a training clinic. Once qualified, chiropractors must also complete post graduate training. In order to continually keep up-to-date with current events and techniques in the healthcare profession.
What is the “back cracking”?
Chiropractors use ‘manual therapy’, which consists of many different techniques. Mainly ‘manipulation’ of the joints, typically the spine (also known as “back cracking”). Chiropractors train for many years to become experts in spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation is a gentle, skilled and very quick impulse applied to restricted joint. This helps the joint to move more freely and releases surrounding tension.
Sometimes you may feel a ‘click’ or ‘crack’. This is a ‘cavitation’. A cavitation or “crack” occurs when a synovial joint expands rapidly to allow a release of the gases within. This is similar to when someone ‘clicks’ their knuckles and it is not the bones cracking!
For more sensitive patients, they often use more gentle techniques which are just as effective. Chiropractors don’t always ‘crack backs’ and there are many different ways to get good results. These may include dry needling (a form of acupuncture); mobilisation (repeated movements) of joints; traction; massage; stretching and specific exercises. Chiropractors often treat children or adults up to 90 years old with fantastic benefits.
Do chiropractors only do “back cracking”?
Chiropractors also give you general advice alongside treatment. Whether it’s work, lifestyle or exercise. Usually as part of your long-term management, they prescribe specific exercises to help with flexibility and strength. This is so that you can manage the problem yourself at home. We may suggest periodic check-ups or maintenance to help prevent a recurrence.
Are you searching for a “Chiropractor Near Me”?
Feel free to call us 07376 243726 or book online for a consultation with our chiropractor in London. If you happen to live near Covent Garden, locate your nearest chiropractor at our Chiropractic clinic in Covent Garden, and feel free to drop by.