What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is not a treatment, 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.
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 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.
Students 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. 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 prevent recurrence.
The chiropractors at Yeovil Chiropractic Clinic are also trained in Medical Accupuncture, 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 2009, these treatments were confirmed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence as being effective and recommended their use for acute low back pain.
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 registered. 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.