What is Chiropractic


What is Chiropractic?


"Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves of the body, particularly those of the spine. Treatment consists of a wide range of manipulative techniques designed to improve the function of the joints, relieving pain and muscle spasm".

British Chiropractic Association
"Chiropractic within the UK is a statutorily-regulated profession and should not be regarded as a treatment, intervention or mono-therapy. Chiropractors provide a wide range of treatments/interventions including, but not limited to, manual therapy, exercise rehabilitation and self-care advice, and utilise psychologically-informed programmes of care. Chiropractic, like other healthcare professions, is informed by the evidence base and develops accordingly".

Royal College of Chiropractors

Chiropractic Training


Chiropractic Training at AECC
All chiropractors in the UK have to undergo a five-year full time Masters degree programme (MChiro). The Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC) is the leading chiropractic institute in Europe and is located near Bournemouth. 

Both Robert and Katie attended the AECC between 2001-2006 and completed a further year of post-graduate study in 2007 to obtain the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) title and the Post Graduate Certificate in Chiropractic Practice (PgCert).  
Chiropractic education at the AECC is very thorough and involves a wide range of subjects to ensure that all their graduates are fully competent to work in private practice. Below are a list of the main subjects that chiropractic students have to take.
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Neurology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Orthopaedics
  • Chemistry
  • Biomechanics

  • Psychology
  • General Diagnosis
  • Radiology
  • Radiography
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Examination Technique Skills
  • Manual Treatment Technique Skills
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynaecology 
  • Medical Research
  • Biochemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Paediatrics
  • Geriatrics

Chiropractic Regulation


The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is a UK-wide statutory body with regulatory powers, established by the Chiropractors Act 1994. It has four 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, practice and conduct.
  • To ensure the development of the profession of chiropractic, using a model of continuous improvement in practice.
  • To promote the profession of chiropractic so that its contribution to the health of the nation is understood and recognised.
 
Since June 2001 the title of ‘chiropractor’ has been protected by law and it is a criminal offence, liable to prosecution, to describe oneself as any sort of chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.

All UK Chiropractors must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) to work as a Chiropractor and this is retained annually provided that specific criteria have been met by the Chiropractor. 

Insurance is provided by a separate chiropractic association. Robert and Katie are members of the British Chiropractic Association.

Robert & Katie are also members of the Royal College of Chiropractors.

General Chiropractic Council
British Chiropractic Association
Royal College of Chiropractors

Further Information


For some further information regarding some of the more significant investigations and studies that have been conducted that evaluate the significance and role of chiropractic click here.

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