Practitioner Steven A Rudd Doctor of Chiropractic & Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors
Definitions of Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.
World Federation of Chiropractic, 2001
Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a particular focus on subluxations.
World Health Organization, Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005
Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. In addition, doctors of chiropractic recognize the value and responsibility of working in cooperation with other health care practitioners when in the best interest of the patient.
Association of Chiropractic Colleges, 1996
From these three definitions you can surmise that Chiropractors specialise in treating disorders of the spine, joints, musculoskeletal problems, and their affects upon the nervous system. Back Pain, both acute and chronic may benefit using low force manipulation on specially designed tables. Certain types of neck pain, sports injuries, other joint conditions, arthritic conditions, postural problems and whiplash related and repetitive strain injuries are sometimes helped by Chiropractic manipulative treatment too. All ages can consult a chiropractor, our youngest patient ever was just newborn and our eldest is currently 96. Doctors of Chiropractic are also trained in radiology and are qualified to use x-ray 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 the same day.
Chiropractic was founded in 1895 and the first patient was cured of deafness! This is not usual but has been repeated many times over the last century. I became a chiropractor after being helped with asthma, (this benefit is also not seen in every case treated with chiropratic but it certainly helped me). See my article Why I became a chiropractor.
Training today in the UK is a 4-5 year BSc.MSc course similar in length and subject matter to medicine or dentistry. Some chiropractic institutions have offered a short part time course, their graduates cannot join the British Chiropractic Association but they can join the state register.
Choosing a Chiropractor in the UK — there are several types of Chiropractic from which you can choose:
All UK chiropractors must be state registered with the GCC, 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 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 problems 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 has been in full time practice for over 30 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 high achievement. The highest level is Fellowship achieved by Steven Rudd in 2004 indicated by FRCC after his name.