What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is not a treatment, rather it is a major primary contact healthcare profession, whose practitioners undergo a minimum of four years' full-time university training, followed by ongoing post-graduate study to deliver a comprehensive healthcare package for a wide range of conditions that have neurological or musculoskeletal causes.
The training begins with two years of medical sciences: anatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, epidemiology and pathology with the addition of biomechanics and radiology; this is followed by pre-clinical sciences: neurology, orthopaedics, more radiology, radiography, general medicine and diagnosis whilst learning the hands-on techniques that will form the basis of clinical practice.
In the UK, all the training centres now exceed the minimum requirements and the last two years of training are spent in clinical internship working towards a Master's degree whilst studying specialist clinical subjects such as pharmacology, paediatrics and geriatrics.
During this period, the student interns also start to treat patients in the training clinics; one of the methods used to do this is applying therapeutic, adjustive techniques to the spine and joints of the body. There are over 70 different techniques, each with dozens of different adjustments and most chiropractors learn several different approaches so they can tailor their treatment to the individual patient, their requirements and their preferences. Chiropractors typically use their hands or specialised clinical instrumentation to adjust the joints of the spine and body, and exercise and follow-up care to rehabilitate areas of chronic damage and to prevent recurrence.
The chiropractors at Yeovil Chiropractic Clinic are also trained in Medical Acupuncture, which helps restore muscle function, relieve pain and decrease healing time; and in prescribing the nutritional and metabolic support needed for the body to heal normally. Worldwide, there are over 160,000 Chiropractors, practising in over 85 countries.
All our chiropractors use manipulation, mobilization, structured exercise and medical acupuncture in their treatments. In January 2017, chiropractic was again included in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for low back pain and sciatica.
All chiropractors are required to be registered with their statutory regulatory body, the General Chiropractic Council - it is a criminal offence to practice as a chiropractor unless you are have passed the appropriate examinations and registered as one. As part of the annual re-registration process, all chiropractors are required to complete at least 30 hours of annual learning (continuing professional development); over their 100 years of combined clinical experience, our chiropractors have completed thousands of hours of additional training and acquired post-graduate degrees and new skills aimed at optimising patient care.