Using treatments that are extremely similar in many ways to those employed by osteopaths, chiropractic techniques are particularly successful in treating low back pain, slipped discs and sports injuries.

A well-established health care system that originated in America, chiropractic’s underlying principle is that a patient’s overall state of health will be greatly governed by how comfortably and easily the various parts of his body move, naturally paying special attention to the back and the neck.

In general, chiropractors are more likely to use more vigorous techniques than osteopaths when freeing ’stuck joints’ through manipulation.

This works broadly on the same principles as acupuncture, but the essential difference between the two is that in acupressure the various points on the patient’s body are stimulated by the practitioner’s finger or thumb instead of by the insertion of needles. One major advantage of this approach is that a patient (or a relative or friend) can perhaps be taught to perform the treatment and therefore it can be repeated as often as required at home. Most practitioners of acupuncture also offer acupressure therapy because some patients cannot face the idea of having needles stuck into them.


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