Practitioner Steven A Rudd Doctor of Chiropractic & Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors
Chiropractors are specialists in treating disorders of the spine, joints and musculoskeletal problems. Treatment often includes low force manipulation on specially designed tables plus massage and advice.
Typical problems people consult a chiropractor about include Back Pain, both acute and chronic back pain may benefit.
Neck pain, some sports injuries, other joint conditions, some arthritic conditions of the hip and knee and some types of headache.
Doctors of Chiropractic are also trained in radiology and are qualified to use x-ray equipment to assist in diagnosis. Freedom Healthcare clinics use the Nuffield or Horder centre facilities in Sussex and consultant radiologists to assist us where needed with X-ray or MRI studies, results are e-mailed to us usually the same day.
Chiropractic was founded in 1895 and has grown to become the third largest healing profession in the world after medicine and dentistry.
Training today in the UK is a 4 or 5 year full time BSc./MSc course Some chiropractic institutions have in the past offered a part time course, their graduates cannot join the British Chiropractic Association but they can join the state register.
Choosing a Chiropractor in the UK
All UK chiropractors must be state registered with the General Chiropractic Council, you can check if your Chiropractor is registered by clicking here to access the register: http://www.gcc-uk.org/ There are then four main associations the oldest and largest is the British Chiropractic Association founded in 1925. BCA members tend to represent the mainstream of the profession and will offer you privacy during timed appointments with gowns offered if needed. They will not treat you in an open plan office along with other patients or spend only a few minutes with you per treatment. They will tend to agree with WHICH magazine which found that most people require about 11 treatments for the relief of low back pain, less if you are young and fit, more perhaps if you are older, have had the problem for a long time (years rather than weeks) or if you have several different problem areas to be dealt with. If they offer a discount pre-payment scheme they will refund you any overpayment on request. We recommend you see only BCA members and will be pleased to refer you to your local BCA Chiropractor if you are too distant to consult us in Sussex. Experience might be another factor to look for in your Chiropractor, Steven Rudd, the director of Freedom Healthcare, has been in full time practice for 34 years. Also you can evaluate a chiropractors post graduate education, the Royal College of Chiropractors is the post graduate association which monitors Chiropractors post graduate education and awards members for their achievement. The highest level is Fellowship achieved by Steven Rudd in 2004 indicated by FRCC after his name.