College of Chiropractors awarded a Royal Charter


Matthew Bennett and the Royal Charter

The College of Chiropractors has been awarded a Royal Charter. We found out last week the fantastic news that the Her Majesty the Queen had granted this prestigious award though the Privy Council. One of our chiropractors, Matthew Bennett, is on the board of the College of Chiropractors. “This is the first time that an emerging profession has been granted a Royal Charter. It recognises the marvellous work the College does in promoting patient safety, research and quality of care. We all very proud” says Matthew.

The College of Chiropractors was formed in 1999 to promote excellence in practice. It has over 1200 members in the UK and links with several other bodies around the world. It has headquarters in Reading but runs post-graduate courses all over the country. Matthew is the Director of Graduate Training responsible for 200 trainers and their trainees. He also teaches on the graduate programme as well as mentoring new graduates locally.

A Royal Charter is rarely granted and signals permanence and stability and, in the College of Chiropractors’ case, recognition of the innovative approach the College brings to the development of the chiropractic profession. The Royal Charter essentially formalises the College’s position as a unique, apolitical, consultative body, recognising its role in promoting high practice standards and certifying quality and thus securing public confidence.

Matthew adds “This new award for the College of Chiropractors puts it on a similar footing to the other Royal Colleges in medicine and dentistry. Our team has worked for a decade to achieve this.” Whilst the new College has a long way to go to match the prestige of its bigger brothers it is a big step towards recognising the value that the chiropractic profession can bring to healthcare in the UK. This can only be a good thing for the millions of people who are still suffering from back pain, neck pain and other spinal health problems. As chiropractic care becomes more widely available in the NHS the College of Chiropractors will play massive role in ensuring quality of care and high standards of practise.

Brighton Chiropractor and physiotherapist working together

Chiropractors and physiotherapists work together surprisingly often. One of the great advantages of having a team of practitioners at Brighton’s Sundial Clinics who can treat back or neck problems and sports injuries is that the best combination of treatments can be given. Sometimes this will mean deciding which type of practitioner is best suited eg Low back problems are typically seen by our chiropractor and calf strains by our physiotherapist. There are times when seeing both a chiropractor and a physiotherapist is the best solution, an approach called “co-management” writes Sundial chiropractor, Richard Hollis.

Here are a couple of case studies of recent clients at Sundial Clinics here in Brighton, who have benefitted from seeing both a chiropractor (in these cases me!) and our physiotherapist, Quentin.

Case 1

Mr A had 3 weeks of right Achilles tendon pain which had begun after overstretching playing football. It was recommended that physiotherapy would be the best option and Quentin diagnosed a right Achilles strain and began treatment with laser, massage, taping and exercises. After 10 days progress was a little slower than anticipated, so after discussion with Mr A, it was agreed that the injury may benefit from some dry needling (also known as Western Medical Acupuncture) to help decrease inflammation, decrease pain and help stimulate healing. This is a treatment that I am qualified in and was able to apply some needles the next time Mr A had an appointment with Quentin by booking a little time out in my diary. We followed up the next week and Mr A reported a 60% improvement and treatment was repeated. Improvement continued and Mr A has now returned to playing football.

Case 2

Mrs B was seeing me for right sided leg pain which after a short course of treatment was 90% improved. She mentioned at an appointment that she had unfortunately slipped on some leaves a few days before, landed on an outstretched right arm and now had right shoulder pain, with limited shoulder movement. I examined her shoulder and concluded she had strained a muscle called supraspinatus, part of the “rotator cuff”. I recommended that she should see Quentin for some physiotherapy advice and that I would see her again as planned in 2 weeks and could discuss the progress physiotherapy had made with her shoulder. At the next appointment her sciatic pain was resolved and her shoulder had improved by 80% with physiotherapy and that Quentin expected it to be completely resolved by the following week.

If you are unsure who you should see first, a chiropractor or physiotherapist, then book in for a free check and we will suggest who would be the ideal practitioner to sort out your problem.