Conditions Chiropractors treat
In 2010, the UK evidence report by Professor Gert Bronfort on the ‘Effectiveness of Manual Therapies’ commissioned by the GCC was published. It concluded that spinal manipulation/mobilisation was effective in adults for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain (lower back pain), for migraine prevention and cervicogenic headache, and a number of upper and lower extremity joint conditions. Thoracic spinal manipulation/mobilisation is effective for acute/subacute neck pain, and, when combined with exercise, cervical spinal/manipulation is effective for chronic neck pain. Treatments and advice are available for sciatica.
This report has since been updated by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Advertising Authority (ASA. These two organisations have collectively issued evidence-based guidance about the conditions that Chiropractors may claim to treat.
The conditions Chiropractors can claim to treat are*: Acute & chronic backache, back pain, e.g. low back pain/lower back pain, sciatica, leg pain, mechanical neck pain, muscle spasms, generalised aches and pains, joint pain including pains from osteoarthritis, shoulder soft tissue complaints, rotator cuff injuries elbow pains, tennis/golfer elbow, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, migraine prevention
* we use a variety of approaches to help you – not just ‘hands-on manual therapy’. So the evidence of effectiveness is not just limited to a manual scope of practice.