Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and management of conditions particularly related to the spine, i.e,: bones, joints, muscles and nerves. Chiropractic means "to do by hand" so chiropractors use their hands to perform a wide range of skilled, precise manipulation together with mobilisation and/or soft tissue techniques.
In common with medical practitioners, the profession has statutory regulation and all chiropractors must be registered under the terms of the Chiropractors Cct 1994 with the statutory regulator, the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).
The General Medical Council (GMC) and the Department of Health (DOH) state that from a legal point of view, GP's can safely refer patients to chiropractors who are registered with the GCC.
Chiropractic is currently not widely available on the NHS but as musculo-skeletal disorders place a heavy burden on the NHS in the UK this is likely to change with the announcement by the Department of Health of an extension to the choice of provider of musculo-skeletal services for back and neck pain, underpinned by the principles of extending patient choice, driving up quality, reducing cost, reducing waiting time and enabling innovation.
Most health insurance companies offer chiropractic treatment on their policy. patients should check their policy to see whether they have cover for chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic care is also widely recognised with medico-legal solicitors who can refer their clients following injury from road traffic accidents.