Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine.It is a proven, evidence based and cost effective solution to back pain and healthcare that doesn’t involve the use of drugs or surgery.
Chiropractic is second only to medicine and dentistry and is attracting more and more devotees to its effective alternative to medication. Whilst Chiropractic is sometimes seen as an alternative form of medicine, it is based in science and represents a facility which is allied to medicine.
Chiropractic originated in the late 19th century in North America. This was a time and place that was free from the established European schools of medicine, which enabled Chiropractic to thrive. At the time it was seen as a cure for everything, but as the level of science and education in Chiropractic evolved, so did the ideas and techniques as medicine and Chiropractic moved into the twentieth century.
Whilst it is still popular in the United States, other countries have embraced Chiropractic. These include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. The UK was established as the European seat of Chiropractic education since the mid 1960s. The Anglo European college of Chiropractic was the first, followed by Glamorgan and the newer colleges in France, Denmark and Spain.
Today there are around 4,000 chiropractors in the UK. It is formally regulated by the General Chiropractic Council and its members are required to provide continued education to keep them up to date with the profession.
‘In a 7 year study of patients who used Chiropractic as their primary healthcare provider had 60% fewer hospital visits, 62% less surgery and an 85% reduction in use of medication".