Chiropractic Does It Work?


Often considered an ‘alternative’ therapy, chiropractic is now more recognised as a primary healthcare profession, no longer relying on patient experience and subjective means to gain credibility.

There is increasing evidence that drugs such as paracetamol and muscle relaxants do not address the cause of pain, and on the contrary are ineffective for treating back pain (Foster et al, 2018). So it is important to take an informed approach when considering how to address these issues. Chiropractors are best known for using spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) as our main ‘tool’ when helping people. Spinal manipulation is simply where we put specific pressure, by hand, on over spinal joints to release them in directions in which they are restricted. This often helps to relieve tension and pressure on joints, intervertebral discs, nerves and surrounding muscles. 

A recent literature review in the well renowned British Medical Journal (BMJ) has shown that SMT and mobilisation are effective for offering short and long term pain relief (Rubinstein et al, 2019). Due to studies such as this, SMT, mobilisation and massage are recommended in the NICE guidelines, which are used by GPs to confidently advise patients on what treatments are best for them. However, SMT is not the only effective treatment method used by chiropractors. Certainly at our practice, we use a variety of SMT techniques to suit individuals and preferences, along with an array of other skills. Western acupuncture, muscle release work, breathing and exercise rehabilitation, stress management and nutritional support are all employed to give our patients a well-rounded and individualised care plan. 

Our focus is on the need for active care and education, to enable clients to look after themselves and understand their bodies to prevent injury and ill health.