What is a Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a method of spinal adjustments which aim to encourage alignment of the spine. The philosophy used by Chiropractors looks at the principle that better spinal alignment leads to an improvement in health, flexibility, performance and a reduction in pain. Every day thousands of people visit Chiropractors as a way to stay healthy, increase flexibility and improve posture for a better life and sports performance.

What is a Chiropractic adjustment?

Chiropractors use adjustments where specific forces are applied in a precise direction to a fixated or dysfunctional joint to help encourage better alignment and motion of that joint. Chiropractic adjustments are gentle, painless and the best way to maintain your spinal health. Chiropractors don’t just look for spinal misalignment; we also check and adjust the pelvis, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, ankles and much more.

How do we adjust the spine?

At Chichester Chiropractic Health Centre we use very gentle techniques including; McTimoney Technique, Koren Specific Technique, Emmett Technique. Using these techniques there is no cracking, popping, crunching or twisting, we simply perform gentle and directed adjustments to help realign the joint, encourage motion and reduce pressure on the nerve.

We also offer more 'manual' adjustments using techniques called Gonstead & Diversified, these techniques are still very specific adjustments aimed at getting very locked joints moving and functioning in a better and more natural way; we always look to work along with the bodies natural healing mechanisms. 

Is Chiropractic safe?

Yes. Your Chiropractor has completed over 5 years training and uses the most gentle and safest adjustments to correct any misalignments. Chiropractors also have to complete a minimum of 30 hours of CPD (continual professional development) to keep up to date with the latest research and techniques. 

Can I adjust myself?

No. Self adjusting can be dangerous. So that you can help yourself and speed up recovery your Chiropractor might recommend a selection of exercises, stretches and lifestyle changes.

What is wellness care?

Wellness care is Chiropractic treatment to help align your spine to improve your performance, flexibility, concentration and help you feel great. Instead of concentrating on removing pain or restriction, we focus on increasing the efficiency of your nervous system by removing any subluxations (interferences/irritation) in your spine.

The nervous system is the main controller of your body.  It gives you sensation, movement and control over all your bodily functions. If there is any break down in communication between your brain and any part of your body, this can cause dysfunction for the affected area. This dysfunction can present in many ways such as back pain, leg numbness, pins & needles, headaches, muscle weakness and loss of skin sensation. Chiropractors look to use specific adjustments to correct any breakdowns in your nervous system, thus leading to better communication and less pain and improved muscle strength.

Chiropractors have to complete a 5-year Integrated Masters in Chiropractic (MChiro). Over the course of this degree, they study human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, behavioural science, musculoskeletal medicine, biomechanics, imaging & referral, clinical neurology, general medicine, differential diagnosis, patient assessment and philosophy.   Over the 5 years, Chiropractors develop their practical skills working on patient assessment, physical screening and safe effective adjustments. Once qualified the learning doesn’t stop, the General Chiropractic Council stipulate Chiropractors must complete 30 hours of CPD (continuing professional development) which includes further training courses, research and many other learning activities.

No. We view every client on an individual basis and formulate treatment plans to suit. Some visits there may only be one or two areas which require adjustments, however, sometimes the entire spine and other parts of the body may require attention.

Around 80% of women will experience back pain during pregnancy with 25% also experiencing SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction). Chiropractic adjustments can help make pregnancy more comfortable by reducing pain and lessen feelings of nausea, headaches and fatigue. Please read our pregnancy section.

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