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What is Chiropractic?

In this section you will learn what Chiropractic is and if it’s right for you.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession. Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine which focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. Chiropractors perform an array of adjustments/ manipulations to the spine and/or other parts of the body. The goal of the treatment is to correct alignment problems, support the body’s natual ability to heal and ease pain.

Our Services

Back Active is a partnership of chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists providing award winning care on behalf of the NHS in North Hampshire1.

Our Services:

Short waiting times – typically a few days.

High satisfaction levels – more than 99% of patients being happy with their care

Treatment is aimed to restore normal back and neck function. This can help reduce pain and lessen the chances of future spinal problems.

Support for individuals to understand their condition, and the things they may do to help themselves.

Appointments available early morning, evening and weekends at most of our clinics.

1 UK College of Chiropractors PPQM & CMQM.
2 Patient survey for 416 patients attending Back Active  who took part (2021-2022).

Is this treatment right for me?

Our service may be helpful to you if you have back pain (including sciatica), neck pain or neck related headaches.

If your doctor feels you would be helped by a referral for treatment, then through the NHS you have a choice of which provider you see for care. You should discuss with your doctor your coming to Back2Health if your symptoms are from:

  • ‘Mechanical’ back or neck problems
  • Whiplash associated disorders
  • Stiffness and restricted movement
  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Degenerative pain
  • Postural related neck and back pain

What can I expect when I come?

  • We will listen to your description of your problem and the effect it is having on you.
  • We will provide you with a thorough examination.
  • We will explain what we find, helping you to understand your problem.
  • We will discuss things you can do to speed recovery and cope with your problem.
  • We will discuss treatment with you. This may include safe, effective and comfortable options including manipulation, acupuncture and exercises.
  • We will go over steps you may take to prevent the pain from returning.

The Spine


The cervical spine is the part of the spine that makes up the neck. It has seven bones, called vertebrae, labeled C1 to C7. The first and second vertebrae have unique names: the atlas and the axis. The cervical spine supports the weight of the head, protects the spinal cord and nerves, and allows for a wide range of head motions. The vertebrae are separated by intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers and enable the spine to move freely. The spinal canal is a hollow space that runs through the back of the vertebrae and contains the spinal cord and nerve bundles. The cervical spine connects to the skull at the top and the upper back at the bottom.


Your lumbar spine consists of the five bones (vertebra) in your lower back. Your lumbar vertebrae are known as L1 to L5, are the largest of your entire spine. Your lumbar spine is located below your 12 chest (thoracic) vertebra and above the five fused bones that make up your triangular-shaped sacrum bone.


The coccyx refers to your tailbone, which is located at the base of your spine. It may become injured if a person falls on it. The coccyx is a small, triangular bone resembling a shortened tail located at the bottom of the spine. It is composed of three to five coccygeal vertebrae or spinal bones.


Your thoracic spine is the middle section of your spine. It starts at the base of your neck and ends at the bottom of your ribs. It’s the longest section of your spine. Your thoracic spine consists of 12 vertebrae.

Vertebrae are the 33 individual, interlocking bones that form your spinal column. These bones help protect your spinal cord from injury while allowing you to twist and turn. Between the vertebral bones are disks that provide cushioning for your vertebrae and flexibility for you.


The sacrum in human anatomy is a large, triangular bone at the base of the spine, that forms by the fusing of sacral vertebrae S1–S5 between the ages of 18 and 30 .

The sacrum is situated at the upper, back part of the pelvic cavity, between the two wings of the pelvis. It forms joints with four other bones.


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