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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of biomechanical disorders of the musculo-skeletal system, particularly those involving the spine, which often give rise to pain or discomfort in other parts of the body. After diagnosis, which involves the use of X-rays, assessment of medical history, and a physical examination of muscles and joints, treatment consists of a wide range of specific manual techniques designed to improve the function of joints, relieve pain or muscle spasm. The client lies or sits on a chiropractic couch, whilst the chiropractor adjusts the joints by getting the client to assume appropriate positions and by gently (and sometimes quickly) pushing or stretching the appropriate part of the body so that the joint moves as far as is comfortably possible. This often results in immediate relief and relaxation, though sometimes soreness or stiffness lasts a few days afterwards. Whenever possible, chiropractors work in co-operation with the client's own doctor. Chiropractic is similar in many ways to Osteopathy, though makes greater use of X-rays in diagnosis.

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