Chiropractic is a registered profession with their governing body ‘the General Chiropractic Council’ (GCC). As such, to remain on the register, all chiropractors have to adhere to the code of conduct. This includes what we can and can’t say we treat in advertising. The GCC have collaborated with the advertising standards agency to produce a list of the ailments and injuries which chiropractors can say they can help. This list is backed up by robust clinical evidence.
While the main focus of treatment is hands-on manipulation and soft tissue work there is also an emphasis on self care and rehabilitation exercises. Chiropractors are also well trained in what they cannot help with and when it’s appropriate to refer on to a GP, consultant or further testing.
The list is as follows:
- Back and Leg pain (Sciatica)
- Back Pain
- Neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Shoulder problems/rotator cuff injuries
- Knees problems
- Sports injuries (e.g. tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, shoulder complaints)
- Repetitive strain injury
- Ankle Sprain
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain from wear and tear.
- Generalised aches and pains
This list is not exhaustive and is continuously being updated by the ASA as more evidence comes in for different ailments. It’s important to note patients often find improvements else where in their body after getting their presenting problems seen to. Chiropractors are trained in taking a holistic approach to the whole person.