Chiropractors engage with the framework of the muscles and bones that support the body (the musculoskeletal system). They use their understanding of this system to make certain adjustments to tissue and joints. This is to help treat health conditions that may be associated with spinal misalignments.
Chiropractic treatment is available for people of all ages. Chiropractors are trained to use a range of techniques to reduce pain and improve function and mobility. Manual treatment is the primary technique, but in some cases heat, ice, ultrasound and acupuncture are used. Chiropractors are also trained to provide lifestyle advice on exercise, diet, pain management, sports rehabilitation and preventative measures.
The types of manual techniques a chiropractor will use during treatment include:
- Short, sharp thrusts applied to the spine. These movements aim to remove joint restrictions and improve movement.
- Gradually moving joints through different positions. This is to reduce tension.
- Stretching and pulling muscles in certain directions. This intends to strengthen the muscle and improve movement.