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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is not about treating symptoms, although often it is symptoms, typically pain, that brings a patient to the chiropractor's office. Chiropractic looks at the body in a holistic way and uses a variety of non-invasive diagnostic tests and tools to detect large and small detrimental changes or defects in the nervous system.

The nervous system is the body's communication network. If it is not up to scratch, then messages can get scrambled, parts lost, or just have the wrong strength. If a friend speaks to us in a very soft voice we might not hear them: if he/she leaves a message on the answerphone and there is too much backgound noise we might not understand it. The nervous system's messages can end up the same way: 'misunderstood'. This may lead to systemic problems with organs, and/or muscle weakness.

Chiropractors use 'adjustments' to joints as their main toolset to initiate new messages to the nervous system to initiate a correction to the situation. These adjustments range between very gentle to fairly forceful. Often only very gentle treatment is required, and often patient-preferred when dealing with children or the elderly.

The Chiropractic may use other tools such as soft tissue work and taping to speed up the body's own healing mechanisms.

The Chiropractor does not heal but facilitates the body in healing itself.

On the first visit the chiropractor's goals must be aligned with the patient's own goals and expectations set. Some patients may just want to be out of pain whilst others would like to address the root cause of problems to give them a potentially healthier, happier life. This may involve a wellness programme with maybe 3 monthly check-ups once problems have been addressed by a defined course of treatment.


Maurice Lowe



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