What is Chiropractic?

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is much more than treating back pain and neck pain. Chiropractors are great at and are well known for reducing these problems, but they do so much more than just helping people recover from pain.

Chiropractic comes from the Greek word cheiro (hand) and praktos (to use) and put simply, means ‘done by hand’. Chiropractors are specialists in the detection and correction of mechanical musculoskeletal (muscles and joints) problems throughout the body with an emphasis on helping people achieve a healthier spine.

As well as diagnosis and treatment, chiropractors aim to prevent mechanical problems from occurring. Chiropractic treatment mainly consists of manual therapy including spinal manipulation and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation, exercises, and health and lifestyle advice.

Chiropractors are regulated by a statute and must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). This means that chiropractors must adhere by a code of practice and standard of proficiency as well as undergo continuing professional development.

To become a fully qualified chiropractor, I had to complete a full-time, four-year course at university. I chose to study at Europe’s oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school, the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. As well as extensive studies in the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and bones), chiropractors are also trained in the fields of nutrition and taking and reading X-rays.

My focus as a chiropractor is to get to the source of the problem and help the body to function better. It is the relationship between the structures and their function which allows the body to achieve its optimum. Treating the underlying issues is what makes chiropractic unique.

As well as treating mechanical back and neck pain, I also see patients with non-spinal issues. People come to see me with migraine headaches, headaches that come from the neck, arthritic pain, joint pain, frozen shoulder and many more.

I like to look at your posture and how it can influence the biomechanics of you everyday movement. In addition, I see pregnant mothers and children of all ages, including infants. Chiropractors are trained to provide specific techniques for infants and young children.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Human movement is an essential part of everyday life. The chiropractic adjustment is a method of allowing better movement in the spine and in the joints. Improving movement in your spine and in your joints helps to restore normal joint function.

I use a wide range of gentle chiropractic techniques and tailor your treatment plan to your needs. These include, but are not limited to, spinal manipulation and Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT).

The technique used is personalised to your individual age and stage of life and varies for each person. The care you receive depends on your individual complaint(s) and your preferences. For example, I see a wide range of patients from pregnant mothers and infants to older people. Each of these individuals will receive a different technique and no session will be the same.

Spinal manipulation is a fast an effect way to restore normal movement into your spine. It is often accompanied by a ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sensation and most people often ask me what that means. This “audible release” is where gas is released from the joints due to the separation of joint surfaces. Manipulation can also be used on joints away from the spine.

What is SOT?

SOT is an advanced concept of chiropractic care originally developed by Dr M. B. DeJarnette in 1925. SOT is a holistic approach to chiropractic healthcare which involves cranial work and a detailed analysis and correction of the spine and pelvis.

Dr Jarnette found that human structural distortion falls into three groups which he labelled Category I, II and II. Through life, there are many stresses placed onto the body. These stresses can be physical, emotional, dietary, traumatic or environmental. Over time, the body can adapt to these stresses and remain symptom free.

Eventually, long-term stress on the body reduces the body’s ability to adapt and structural changes will occur to the spine and pelvis.

The SOT approach seeks to stabilise the pelvis and spine by introducing wedge-shaped blocks to restore balance through the person’s own body weight. The blocks are placed in specific positions based on results from a physical examination.

What is the Difference between Chiropractic and Osteopathy?

Chiropractic and osteopathy are both healthcare professionals who are regulated by law. They also require registration with their regulatory council, such as the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) for Chiropractors.

Although they treat similar conditions and use similar techniques, the approach to care is different. Where Osteopaths focus on re-balancing the body’s structure, chiropractors focus on the alignment of the spine.

Who can Benefit from Chiropractic Care?

The short answer: Everyone!

Chiropractic care is available for every age and every stage of life. Remember, Chiropractic care is also for families.

In my experience, I’ve seen people of all ages and stages of life with a wide range of different problems. I believe that every person should be treated as an individual and receive personal care and treatment. That’s why I love working at Lushington Chiropractic, where every person is welcome.

If you’re looking for a chiropractor in Eastbourne, contact me to arrange an appointment.

Simon Roberts
Simon Roberts
10:20 09 Oct 17
Gemma is joining an amazing team at Clearly Chiropractic and will be a stella asset as well as a pillar of support and trust. I would highly recommend Gemma and the practise to anyone in need of support and assistance.
Martyn Shanks
Martyn Shanks
20:30 03 Oct 17
I just wanted to leave a review to say how impressed I was with the service and treatment. I've used chiropractors for years and found that some are better than others. It's hard to know who to choose but I was recommended personally and since talking to some friends it seems I'm one of the last to find this fabulous chiropractor! She's a gem. I found her more attentive and genuine than (some) other chiropractors I've seen in the past. But most of all, the treatment was excellent. She did some muscle work to my jaw and neck, which immediately helped my headache. The treatment itself was painful, but she was calm about everything and you felt safe. She explained everything before (and during) the treatment and I was quite happy. Obviously it's all private healthcare but for someone as good as this well worth the money. Tried and tested, highly recommended.
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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is much more than treating back pain and neck pain. Chiropractors are great at and are well known for reducing these problems, but they do so much more than just helping people recover from pain.

Chiropractic comes from the Greek word cheiro (hand) and praktos (to use) and put simply, means ‘done by hand’. Chiropractors are specialists in the detection and correction of mechanical musculoskeletal (muscles and joints) problems throughout the body with an emphasis on helping people achieve a healthier spine.

As well as diagnosis and treatment, chiropractors aim to prevent mechanical problems from occurring. Chiropractic treatment mainly consists of manual therapy including spinal manipulation and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation, exercises, and health and lifestyle advice.

Chiropractors are regulated by a statute and must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). This means that chiropractors must adhere by a code of practice and standard of proficiency as well as undergo continuing professional development.

To become a fully qualified chiropractor, I had to complete a full-time, four-year course at university. I chose to study at Europe’s oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school, the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. As well as extensive studies in the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and bones), chiropractors are also trained in the fields of nutrition and taking and reading X-rays.

My focus as a chiropractor is to get to the source of the problem and help the body to function better. It is the relationship between the structures and their function which allows the body to achieve its optimum. Treating the underlying issues is what makes chiropractic unique.

As well as treating mechanical back and neck pain, I also see patients with non-spinal issues. People come to see me with migraine headaches, headaches that come from the neck, arthritic pain, joint pain, frozen shoulder and many more.

I like to look at your posture and how it can influence the biomechanics of you everyday movement. In addition, I see pregnant mothers and children of all ages, including infants. Chiropractors are trained to provide specific techniques for infants and young children.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Human movement is an essential part of everyday life. The chiropractic adjustment is a method of allowing better movement in the spine and in the joints. Improving movement in your spine and in your joints helps to restore normal joint function.

I use a wide range of gentle chiropractic techniques and tailor your treatment plan to your needs. These include, but are not limited to, spinal manipulation and Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT).

The technique used is personalised to your individual age and stage of life and varies for each person. The care you receive depends on your individual complaint(s) and your preferences. For example, I see a wide range of patients from pregnant mothers and infants to older people. Each of these individuals will receive a different technique and no session will be the same.

Spinal manipulation is a fast an effect way to restore normal movement into your spine. It is often accompanied by a ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sensation and most people often ask me what that means. This “audible release” is where gas is released from the joints due to the separation of joint surfaces. Manipulation can also be used on joints away from the spine.

What is SOT?

SOT is an advanced concept of chiropractic care originally developed by Dr M. B. DeJarnette in 1925. SOT is a holistic approach to chiropractic healthcare which involves cranial work and a detailed analysis and correction of the spine and pelvis.

Dr Jarnette found that human structural distortion falls into three groups which he labelled Category I, II and II. Through life, there are many stresses placed onto the body. These stresses can be physical, emotional, dietary, traumatic or environmental. Over time, the body can adapt to these stresses and remain symptom free.

Eventually, long-term stress on the body reduces the body’s ability to adapt and structural changes will occur to the spine and pelvis.

The SOT approach seeks to stabilise the pelvis and spine by introducing wedge-shaped blocks to restore balance through the person’s own body weight. The blocks are placed in specific positions based on results from a physical examination.

What is the Difference between Chiropractic and Osteopathy?

Chiropractic and osteopathy are both healthcare professionals who are regulated by law. They also require registration with their regulatory council, such as the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) for Chiropractors.

Although they treat similar conditions and use similar techniques, the approach to care is different. Where Osteopaths focus on re-balancing the body’s structure, chiropractors focus on the alignment of the spine.

Who can Benefit from Chiropractic Care?

The short answer: Everyone!

Chiropractic care is available for every age and every stage of life. Remember, Chiropractic care is also for families.

In my experience, I’ve seen people of all ages and stages of life with a wide range of different problems. I believe that every person should be treated as an individual and receive personal care and treatment. That’s why I love working at Lushington Chiropractic, where every person is welcome.

If you’re looking for a chiropractor in Eastbourne, contact me to arrange an appointment.

Simon Roberts
Simon Roberts
10:20 09 Oct 17
Gemma is joining an amazing team at Clearly Chiropractic and will be a stella asset as well as a pillar of support and trust. I would highly recommend Gemma and the practise to anyone in need of support and assistance.
Martyn Shanks
Martyn Shanks
20:30 03 Oct 17
I just wanted to leave a review to say how impressed I was with the service and treatment. I've used chiropractors for years and found that some are better than others. It's hard to know who to choose but I was recommended personally and since talking to some friends it seems I'm one of the last to find this fabulous chiropractor! She's a gem. I found her more attentive and genuine than (some) other chiropractors I've seen in the past. But most of all, the treatment was excellent. She did some muscle work to my jaw and neck, which immediately helped my headache. The treatment itself was painful, but she was calm about everything and you felt safe. She explained everything before (and during) the treatment and I was quite happy. Obviously it's all private healthcare but for someone as good as this well worth the money. Tried and tested, highly recommended.
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