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What is Chiropractic?



The term chiropractic is derived from the Greek Geir, meaning “hand” and Prattein, meaning “to act”, which thus together translated literally means “to act with the hands ”.

Chiropractic is a medicine that uses a dosed, mechanical impulse to eliminate communication disorders between the nervous system and the joints of the spine , thereby improving problems of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system and health.

Today there are approximately 65,000 chiropractors worldwide, making chiropractic the third largest medicine in the world, next to classical medicine and dentistry.

Chiropractic is on the rise in both Belgium and the Netherlands. Both the number of patients and the number of chiropractors are growing explosively.

What Does a Chiropractor Do?

A chiropractor eliminates the pain points by means of impulses on the body that manipulate the nervous system and joints.

At the Back and Neck Center the chiropractor will conduct an initial examination based on the medical data you have obtained. An extensive orthopedic and neurological examination is performed during which an average of 35 tests are performed. Afterwards, the chiropractor will thoroughly scan the spine to locate blockages, the so-called subluxations.

The results of the necessary blood analyses, X-rays, scans will be discussed with you. Based on all this information, a tailor-made chiropractic adjustment is proposed.

When to See a Chiropractor?

Any sign of pain or discomfort is a reason to see a chiropractor. Our body sends us enough signals to indicate that something is not right or feels wrong. The chiropractor will work with you to find the possible causes of your problem .

Chiropractic is known for its effectiveness in back and neck complaints with/without radiation to the arms or legs and also has a major influence on the nervous system.

A chiropractor helps with:

  • back, neck and headaches,
  • muscle and joint pains,
  • pelvic instability and hip complaints
  • and much more.

A chiropractor has extensive knowledge of the body and is not limited to just the physical. An adjustment to your lifestyle or diet can be part of our chiropractic treatment and bring a solution to your problem!

If you are not sure whether your complaint can be treated by chiropractic.

Is chiropractic for everyone?

In principle, anyone at any age can be treated by a licensed chiropractor. So both babies and the elderly can be helped. Of course, during the first examination, it should be checked whether there are no contraindications for a treatment, such as open wounds, fractures, severe osteoporosis or tumors.

Contrary to popular belief, people with acute complaints such as “going through the back”, and also with whiplash, hernia, can certainly go to a chiropractor. For a quick recovery, it is even advisable to start treatment as soon as possible in the event of acute complaints.

Is chiropractic safe?

A registered chiropractor has been specifically trained to perform spinal manipulations during 5 academic years. This 5-year study is followed by an internship with a chiropractor who has more than 10 years of experience. In order to maintain his registration, a chiropractor is obliged to continue to follow regular courses and further training . Thanks to this thorough study and quality checks , the risk with a recognized chiropractor is extremely minimal, and you might get normal soreness.

Why does chiropractic call it ‘squatting’?

When treating the joints, you may hear a slight cracking sound. This is caused by a vacuum phenomenon between the articular surfaces , similar to the uncorking of a champagne bottle. This vacuum phenomenon is completely harmless and completely painless .