Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.  There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).

By restoring normal function to the musculoskeletal system chiropractors can play a major part in relieving disorders, and any accompanying pain or discomfort, arising from accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture or illness.

Today's chiropractors treat many thousands of patients each week for a wide variety of conditions.  They support their treatment with advice about their patients' work, diet and exercise.

A Medical Research Council clinical trial, reported in the British Medical Journal in 1990 and 1995, found that chiropractic treatment of back pain was more effective than hospital outpatient treatment.

Chiropractic is a fast-growing independent health care profession in the United Kingdom and it is now regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).


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Last updated: 13 December 2002