What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a science based form of health care, which takes into consideration the structure of the nervous system, joints muscles and bones. Chiropractors are expertly qualified providers of spinal adjustments/manipulation and other manual treatments, exercise instruction and patient education. They undergo a minimum of 4-5 years of study in a legislated and regulated university of which there are 3 in Europe, The University of Glamorgan (WIOC), The Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC), and The Barcelona College of Chiropractic (BCC).
Chiropractic care is a form of healthcare that uses no drugs and is extremely safe for people of all ages. Research has been provided supporting the profession for the past 100 years. Chiropractors are highly trained in the detection and correction of abnormal joint and spinal movement. Joints which are in their incorrect position (misalignments) are called subluxations.
Chiropractors are trained to thoroughly assess the spine through various different manual techniques including the use of X-rays. Chiropractors are trained in the taking and assessing of x-rays.
What Are Subluxations?
A subluxation occurs when a bone moves out of its normal alignment. When bones move out of normal alignment, extra stresses occur on the nervous system, causing muscles to tense and signs and symptoms may result. Subluxations can occur without signs and symptoms being present. They compromise the function of the nervous system, hence limiting the body’s ability to maintain itself at its full potential.
The nervous system relies on being able to transfer information from the brain to the rest of the body and vice versa, and needs to function at its optimum level to allow the body to do the same. Subluxations can cause interference in the transfer of this information and are, therefore, the first step to ill-health.
The key to health is optimum physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Subluxations may exist without obvious symptoms just like dental cavities, high blood pressure or heart disease.
Three types of stress cause subluxations to occur: Physical, Chemical and Emotional Stresses, e.g. Physical Stress – Car Accident; Chemical stress – Cold or flu; Emotional Stress – Increased working hours, moving house, family members die etc. All stresses are different but can contribute to misalignments of the spine.