A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, specifically to do with the spine. This is why a chiropractic is sometimes also known as a spine clinic. Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of the spine, as well as to educate patients on how they can account for their own spinal health via exercise, ergonomics and more.
Chiropractors have a special interest in neck and back pain. Like osteopaths, they also look at your body as a whole. They’re interested in how problems with your bones, muscles and joints affect your nervous system and general health. Their focus is on manipulation of the spine – but they may use other techniques too.
Should you go to a chiropractic/ spine clinic for back pain?
If you have back pain that’s causing significant problems or isn’t getting better, it could be worth trying chiropractic care. Manual therapy is a treatment where your practitioner uses skilled hand movements to manipulate and move your joints and soft tissues.
What to expect when visiting a chiropractic/ spine clinic
Your first appointment with a chiropractor will usually last between 30 minutes and one hour. Your chiropractor will want to talk to you about your back pain and your health in general. If you’re happy for them to, they’ll then carry out a physical examination which may include examining your posture and the range of movement of your joints.
Your chiropractor will discuss their findings with you and whether or not they think chiropractic will help. They’ll set out a plan of what treatment they think you’ll need, including how many sessions and what the cost will be
The main technique that chiropractors use is called manipulation. It involves your chiropractor using their hands to make precise, controlled movements or thrusts to your spine. You may hear popping sounds during the treatment, but this is normal.
Chiropractors may sometimes use other techniques including massage, stretching and mobilisation (where your joints are gradually moved). Although there’s limited evidence about how well it works for back pain, some chiropractors may also offer treatment with acupuncture.
Your chiropractor will also usually give you some advice on things you can do yourself to manage your condition. This may include advice on your posture and exercise.
Are you searching for a “Chiropractor Near Me” or a Chiropractor in Central London?
If you’re experiencing spinal pain, then come to our London Chiropractic clinic for a consultation.