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What is Chiropractic?

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.
(World Health Organisation).

Chiropractic manages conditions related to:-

  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Muscles
  • Nerves, especially related to the spine

(British Chiropractic Association).

The techniques used are gentle, effective and bespoke to each patient.

A combination of manual adjusting techniques and soft tissue work is used for most patients. Chiropractors are happy to see people of all ages from newborn to elderly, and from all walks of life. Although Chiropractors are best known for treating low back and neck pain, which research suggests they do very effectively, patients consult Chiropractors for a wide range of other conditions.

Chiropractors focus on the optimum functioning of the body and this involves giving advice regarding:-

  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle
  • Ice/heat therapy
  • General healthy living
  • Other therapies that may benefit the patient


Chiropractic was founded in America, in 1895 by D.D. Palmer.  It has since spread around the world and is now a well-established profession in many countries.  It comes from the Greek words: “chiro” meaning hand, and “praktikos” meaning to practice: loosely translated as “to do by hand”.

All the Chiropractors at Vital Health are trained in a technique called Sacro Occipital Technique.

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) is a technique concerned with the correction of disorders related to the spine, pelvis and cranial (skull)  bones.  The technique is very gentle and involves using light pressure and support for the cranium and pelvis.  The technique is suitable for recipients of all ages and the aim of using the technique is to balance the relationship between different parts of the body – principally the base of the spine (sacrum) and base of the skull (occiput).