Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of bones and muscles that support the body (‘the musculoskeletal system’). Some problems of the musculoskeletal system can be caused by accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and everyday wear and tear. These problems may cause pressure on the nerves in the body.
Depending on your condition, the chiropractor may manipulate parts of your spine or joints and give you advice on exercise, self-help, diet and lifestyle. Some chiropractors also offer rehabilitation programmes.
Manipulation involves precisely handling or moving joints, or parts of the spine, sometimes moving them further than they would normally move. (Extract from the pamphlet ‘What can I expect when I see a chiropractor?’ published by the General Chiropractic Council).