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Chiropractic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the joints, particularly those of the spine. There are great similarities between osteopathy and chiropractic. The main difference is that chiropractors are more likely to look for effects on the nervous system, as opposed to disturbances in the blood supply. They also use orthodox orthopaedic and neurological tests and X-rays, as well as gentle spinal manipulations, manual traction and soft-tissue massage. Sessions tend to be quite short, typically 15-30 minutes. A chiropractor may be suitable for treating referred pain due to nerve irritation in another part of the body, though chronic cases remain hard to resolve. Chiropractic is widely available and has its own regulatory body.

British Chiropractic Association
Blagrave House
17 Blagrave Street
Reading RG1 1QB
Tel 0118 950 5950

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