The term 'chiropractor' was coined from two Greek words: 'hand' (cheiros) and 'done by' (praktos), together meaning 'done by hand'. It was originally developed in America in the early 1900s, and today there are over 25 chiropractic institutions throughout the world and at any given time more than 10,000 students.
We are regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). This is a UK-wide statutory body dedicated to upholding the standards of chiropractic. Since June 2001 the title of 'chiropractor' has been protected by law and it is a criminal offence, liable to prosecution, to describe oneself as any sort of chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.
All British Chiropractic Association chiropractors have undergone a minimum four-year, full-time, internationally accredited degree course. Studies include the medical sciences, clinical diagnostic skills, orthopaedic and neurological testing, and the taking and reading of x-rays. They are also trained to have a complete repertoire of chiropractic adjustment methods.
The chiropractor's learning continues throughout his/her professional career. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is now a statutory requirement, monitored by the General Chiropractic Council.