Chiropractic is based on the principle that living organisms have incredible healing and adaptive capacities, to physical, chemical and emotional stress. The nervous system coordinates and controls every physiological system the body requires for good health, the spine and skull protect it.

While forming a protective structure the spine has to allow joint movement between each vertebra. Chiropractic theory maintains that by keeping the nervous system free from interference by maintaining normal spinal joint function, the body’s neural communication network works better, enabling cells and organs perform their respective functions and contribute to good health

The World Health Organisation defines Chiropractic: "A health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromuscular system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment with a particular focus on subluxations. Joint dysfunction where physiological integrity of the spinal joint is altered"(WHO 2005)

Richard Lanigan DC. MSc Originally trained as a PE teacher in the 70s. Moved to Denmark 1979 to play football where a serious knee injury got him focused on rehabilitation and fitness techniques. In the 80s injured joints were immobilised in plaster for 12 weeks, now it is universally accepted, that joints need to move and maintain their normal range of motion, the same principle applies to Vertebral Joint dysfunction (subluxation) affects health and performance.


In the 80s Richard was fitness and rehab consultant to the Danish national badminton teams, handball teams and many club sides. He prepared many athletes for the 1984 and 88 Olympics. In the same year he started working with Denmark's leading chiropractor; Ole Wessung DC, who demonstrated the effectiveness of Chiropractic to Richard, so impressed was Richard that in 1990 he moved back to England to study chiropractic at Anglo European College of Chiropractic gaining his DC (doctor of chiropractic) in 1995. He was student president for two years between 1993-1995 and the professions representative on the chiropractic regulatory body in 2007.

Richard has a Masters in Health Promotion from Brunel University and in 2008 was awarded a Fellowship by the UK College of Chiropractors. In January 2009 Richard resigned by letter from the UK's General Chiropractic Council Register because the GCC  failed to maintain international standards of chiropractic education .

The vast majority of patients who present at Spinal Joint have musculoskeletal conditions. In 2008 we did an analysis of all the conditions patents had presented with 73%of them had back pain, but they had many different complaints and I would say all of them benefited from chiropractic care.

The first visit, which includes taking a medical history, physical examination and spinal care costs £50. Subsequent visits cost £40. A course of care may be recommended over a few months 10 visits can be purchased in advance for £340

Most people have heard that chiropractic is helpful for people suffering from back pain, because improving spinal joint function inhibits pain and reduces muscles spasm. There are many anecdotal reports of all sorts of conditions benefiting from chiropractic care. Skeptics would call these effects a placebo, I would explain these responses as the effect spinal joint dysfunction can have on organ function and the autonomic nervous system.

Sensory information that drives autonomic activity arises from three sources: The surface of the body from sensory nerve receptors in skin and muscles in the form of stretch and pressure (B); The external environment in the form of light and sound, special sensory receptors (C); and and stimulus from the internal viscera. However it should be remembered the density of sensory endings in the viscera is very low (10%) compared to sensory endings muscles and skin. So while there is a very high chance of benefit for conditions related to the musculoskeletal system its not going to be nearly as high for visceral conditions.