Our London Chiropractic service provide care for patients of all ages, who present with a range of acute and chronic conditions. As well as advice about self-help, exercise, diet and lifestyle, chiropractors often provide support for pain management, sports injuries and active rehabilitation. There is an emphasis on health promotion and early return to activities for injured patients. The focus on education and patient empowerment is an important factor in the success of chiropractic management and the high levels of patient satisfaction.
Chiropractic is a fast-growing independent health care profession in the United Kingdom which is regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). Clinical evidence has consistently demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care.
Chiropractic is 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).
Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients, considering physical, psychological and social factors. They provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and by restoring normal function to people with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.
A Medical Research Council clinical trial and its follow-up, reported in the British Medical Journal in 1990 and 1995, found that chiropractic treatment of back pain was more effective than hospital outpatient treatment. The European Commission Acute Low Back Pain Guidelines includes manipulation as an effective treatment for low back pain.
The Department of Health has published A Musculoskeletal Services Framework for England. It summarises the current state of musculoskeletal services and makes recommendations for offering more care closer to home, with improved ways to accesss diagnostic tests.
The Musculoskeletal Services Framework focuses on the prompt delivery of effective front-line services. To lessen the burden on GPs, it is planned that NHS patients’ needs could be assessed by chiropractors, osteopaths or physiotherapists, without a GP referral.
Muscular and skeletal problems can be progressive disorders, building up over a period of time due to work, poor posture and recreation. For long term disorders the key is to seek help prior to noticeable pain and disability. With the help and assistance of your chiropractor you may be able to alter the cycle of pain and disability using early treatment.