Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are connected with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free up the joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and dry needling as well as advice about posture and lifestyle. Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions.
History of Chiropractic
In 1895 a Canadian Daniel David Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment and went on to found The Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport in 1897.
The 20th century saw the growth and development of the profession worldwide, gaining recognition and respect for the place it has taken in the primary health care environment.
Chiropractic is unique in that the profession is organized internationally and there are international standards for education.
In common with medical practitioners and dentists, the chiropractic profession is regulated by the law.
The Chiropractors Act 1994 provides statutory regulation for the profession and the title 'chiropractor' is protected under this legislation. The statutory regulator is the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illegal to practice as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC. All of our chiropractors are members of the GCC.
The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) have three main duties:
- To protect the public by establishing and operating a scheme of statutory regulation for chiropractors, similar to the arrangements that cover other health professionals
- To set the standards of chiropractic education, conduct and practice
- To ensure the development of the profession of chiropractic, using a model of continuous improvement in practice
Since 14 June 2001 the title of 'chiropractor' has been protected by law and it is a criminal offence for anyone to describe themselves as any sort of chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is the largest and longest-standing association for chiropractors in the UK. It was founded in 1925 and has a membership comprising over 50% of the UK’s registered chiropractors. The BCA only accepts members who have graduated from a nationally or internationally-recognized college of chiropractic education, after a minimum of four years training. This ensures its chiropractors maintain the highest standards of conduct, practice, education and training. All of our Chiropractors at Return 2 Health Chiropractic Clinic are BCA registered.