What is a chiropractor

What is a Chiropractor?

“A science of healing without drugs.” (DD Palmer – Founder of Chiropractic 1895). A bold statement but a true one. A more modern definition could define a Chiropractor as ‘a neuro-musculoskeletal specialist whose interest and intent is to optimise the function of the nervous system via spinal manipulation”. 

What does it take to become a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor has to do a degree or postgraduate Master’s course recognised by the General Chiropractic Council. This involves 3-4 years of full time study and an additional clinical placement year.

Each of our Chiropractors have a Masters degree in Chiropractic and all graduated from the AECC University College. Between us we have a web of experience and knowledge to be able to help with all your needs. 

What is the Difference between a Chiropractor and and Osteopath?

Chiropractors particularly focus on the nervous system and its supply to the body tissues, including muscles, bones, organs and joints. Osteopaths focus more on muscle massage techniques but many do use spinal manipulation like Chiropractors.

Chiropractors use spinal adjustments which are fast and gentle manipulations, which are specific to a certain segment of the spine. Osteopaths use more general adjustments to mobilise an area of the spine. “How can I Cure my Low Back Pain?”

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Chiropractors love the spine as that is the hub of the nervous system – it protects the spinal cord which is 1/3 of it! Whilst Chiropractors look at the whole body to improve function, Osteopaths look at mainly the area of the complaint and how that affects the body. 

What do Chiropractors do?

At Pure Wellness, our Chiropractors focus working on the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) to release tension patterns throughout the whole body. These patterns can be the cause of pain in different parts of the body – quite literally, your neck is connected to your little toe! These tension patterns can also be a cause of other symptoms, such as headaches, stress and anxiety.

Our bodies adapt and interact with external surroundings (the big wide world!) and our nervous system is what helps us interpret this. It is a complex system which works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to allow us to function. Throughout our lives, our bodies can go through trauma, be this physical or emotional, which can impact the nervous systems ability to function properly.

Chiropractors help reduce the physical, chemical and emotional stress on the body that caused our bodies to react and breakdown in the first place. They do this using their web of knowledge and toolbox of techniques to help optimise the function. Adjustments, soft tissue release, breath work and instrument assisted techniques are to name a few.

If you have any questions about Chiropractic Care or wonder if this is something suited to you, please feel free to contact us, or book a discovery visit via our website to have a chat with one of the team.

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