Spinal manipulation has been practiced for thousands of years. Historical evidence supports such use by Chinese, Greek, Roman & Arabic practitioners as early as the 5th century BC. Indeed the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates who lived from 460-377 BC was known to have used spinal manipulation and even wrote books on the subject.
The Chiropractic profession was established in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer (1845-1913) and is now the 3rd largest health care profession in the world. It is estimated that there are now over 90,000 Chiropractors worldwide practicing in over 70 countries of which most of these have Chiropractic legislation.
Chiropractic is a straight forward method of adjusting the bones of your body to improve the alignment of your skeleton, and through this process help the nervous system to work more efficiently. The purpose of chiropractic care is to realign and rebalance your body to relieve pain and discomfort, and increase mobility.
A misalignment of the joints can occur for many reasons; some of the most common are incorrect lifting, car or sporting accidents, falls, stress, and poor posture. This can lead to pain, numbness, pins and needles, or restricted mobility.
Lower back pain is reported by about 80% of people in some point of their life and musculoskeletal conditions such as lower back pain, neck pain and headaches are the most common reasons for hospital consultations (UK Department of Health 2006) and the majority of these cases can be diagnosed and treated by a Chiropractic Doctor.
In fact 85% of back pain is due to mechanical dysfunction which a chiropractor is able to diagnose and correct whereas less than 15% of all back pain is actually due to a specific cause (European commission 2004).
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.