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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care discipline firmly grounded in science. Although mainly focusing on the relationship between the skeleton and the nervous system, its concern is with the care of the entire body. Chiropractors use a range of methods to diagnose the state of your health including a thorough medical assessment and possibly X-rays. Particular attention will be paid to your musculoskeletal system (bones, nerves, joints and muscles) and treatment will consist of spinal manipulation and manual adjustments. The aim being is to improve the function of joints and relieve pain, muscle spasm and irritation to the nervous system. Chiropractic is the third largest health care profession in the World, after medicine and dentistry with over 60,000 Chiropractors world wide.

Should I see my GP first?

Because Chiropractic training prepares practitioners to assess for and diagnose a wide range of conditions, Chiropractors are able to advise on which are not appropriate for Chiropractic treatment. Therefore, it is safe for the patient to go directly to a Chiropractor if he or she so wishes.

Is Chiropractic safe?

All treatment methods have an element of risk associated with them whether they are administered by a doctor, nurse or chiropractor. Therefore, what should be asked is if Chiropractor is safe compared to other treatments for the same problem? Chiropractic care is safer than anti-inflammatory tablets such as brufen, aspirin etc by a factor of “several hundred times” (IMPT 1995) and “several thousand times safer than spinal surgery” (RAND 1996). More importantly, you must get treated by someone who is qualified to adjust: “spinal manipulations are less safe and less effective when performed by non-Chiropractic professionals.” Ontario Ministry of Health 1993.

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