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Chiropraxis Hamburg

Chiropraxis Hamburg was founded in 1992 by the Danish chiropractor René Oehlenschlaeger, D.C.. Hamburg-born chiropractor Julian Bartnick, D.C. has also been part of the team since 2020. The practice is the first and only one in Hamburg and the surrounding area to work exclusively according to the Gonstead system.

In the 31 years of our practice’s history, we have earned recognition far beyond the borders of Hamburg and Germany and in all age groups, whether on the day of birth or in old age.

In chiropractic, the function of the spine and the nervous system is improved through rapid impulses (adjustments) to specific vertebrae (so-called vertebral subluxations). This form of treatment works entirely without the use of medication, injections, operations and other invasive practices and is carried out exclusively by hand. This positive influence on the functioning of the body can significantly improve complaints such as lumbar pain, sciatica, lumbago, slipped discs, neck pain, whiplash, headaches and migraines. However, complaints such as colic, ADHD, asthma, eczema, allergies, dizziness and tinnitus, as well as injuries to the extremities of the foot, knee, shoulder, elbow and wrist (e.g. tendonitis etc.) can often be influenced by chiropractic.

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The study of chiropractic

Chiropractors are trained at universities as an independent five-year course to become a Doctor of Chiropractic / Master of Chiropractic. So far, these universities recognized by the CCE (American Council of Chiropractic Education), CCEC (Canadian CCE), ECCE (European CCE) or the CCEA (Asian CCE) are only located abroad, but in 2023 a university with the aim of obtaining ECCE recognition has opened its doors in Braunschweig.

Studying to become a chiropractor is similar to studying to become a doctor in the natural sciences. Only the clinical part differs in that only chiropractic is taught as a treatment method at the Chiropractic University. In addition, prospective chiropractors are also taught about radiology at universities. Compared to many other countries, however, a chiropractor in Germany is not allowed to take X-rays himself and is only allowed to examine them, if available.

At Chiropraxis Hamburg, we specialized in the Gonstead method during our studies and continue to attend Gonstead seminars on a regular basis to keep up to date with the latest developments.

In 68 countries around the world there is already a chiropractors law, which allows chiropractors to be licensed and in some of these countries they can also work in a hospital and work hand in hand with doctors. In Europe, countries such as Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland are far ahead with legislation. In Germany, there is currently no separate law for chiropractors, so practices can only be licensed in accordance with the Heilpraktikergesetz.

Chiropraktiker and chirotherapist – isn’t that the same as a chiropractor?

No, these are different designations that find their greatest difference in the training.

In the regular case, the chiropraktiker and chirotherapist, who are basically alternative practitioners or medical doctors, have completed several weeks of additional training and have therefore only acquired a basic knowledge of chiropractic. In comparison, the chiropractor is highly specialized in chiropractic due to a 5-year university degree.

Apart from their backgrounds, the therapists differ in their approach. In pure chiropractic, the body as a whole is analyzed and reasons for certain symptoms are sought. Chiropractic also respects the body’s ability to adapt to external and internal influences. For example, a symptom such as fever can sometimes be a positive adaptation of the body and suppressing fever can in some cases even slow down the body’s self-healing(7,8,9).

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"While other Professions are concerned with changing the environment to suit the weakened body, Chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to suit the environment"

B. J. Palmer

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease"

Thomas Edison

"Look well to the spine for the cause of disease"


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the areas of application of chiropractic?

The most common complaints are lower back pain, sciatica, lumbago, slipped discs, neck pain, whiplash, headaches and migraines. But also colic, ADHD, asthma, eczema, allergies, dizziness and tinnitus and of course Extremity injuries to the foot, knee, shoulder, elbow and wrist (e.g. tendonitis).

Up to what age is chiropractic adjustment possible?

Chiropractic adjustment using the Gonstead method can be performed at any age. Our youngest patient at the Hamburg chiropractic practice was just 5 hours old and the oldest patient was a proud 101 years old.

Does a chiropractic adjustment hurt?

No, the adjustment is normally painless. There are cases in which the symptoms are very acute and there is a high degree of inflammation of the joint or nerve, pain can occur during adjustment. As a rule, this pain is even less than the patient expects.

Where does the cracking noise come from? Does it always crack when adjusting?

The cracking during adjustment is called cavitation. During adjustment, the joints are opened slightly (pushed apart), which creates a vacuum in the joint capsule and dissolved gases in the joint fluid are released abruptly. This produces the cracking noise.

As a rule, it cracks with every Gonstead adjustment of the spine.

Will my health insurance or private health insurance pay for my chiropractic adjustments?

In most cases, privately insured patients are either reimbursed for all or at least part of the costs.

Patients with statutory health insurance usually bear the costs themselves, but there are exceptions.

To find out more, please click on “Costs” under “Chiropraxis Hamburg”!

Do I need a doctor´s prescription for the Chiropractor?


Unless you have a very special contract with your health insurance company that explicitly requires a referral. However, this is extremely rare.

Do I need to bring x-rays or MRI / CT with me?

If you have X-ray images and/or MRI and/or CT images, please bring them with you – also on CD. If you do not have any images, you can still come to us, unless there is a suspicion of a fracture, which must first be ruled out by images.

How long does an adjustment take?

The initial consultation, examination and treatment will take about half an hour, and we ask you to come to the practice 20 minutes before treatment to fill in the registration forms.

Does every chiropractor use the same adjustment method?

No! Although all chiropractors have a 5-year chiropractic degree, there are many different and very different treatment methods. At Chiropraxis Hamburg we exclusively use the Gonstead method. The Gonstead method is very well known worldwide, but is very rarely offered in Germany.

Chiropraxis hamburg has been the best known Gonstead practice in Germany for 3 decades.

How many adjustments do I need?

We do not have a fixed plan, but it is always individual from patient to patient how many treatments you need.

It depends, among other things, on what complaints you have and the condition of your spine and how your body reacts to the treatments. Some patients are pain free in 3 or 5 treatments and others need 8 or 12 or even more treatments to become pain free and stable.

Does the spine become worn out and unstable due to chiropractic adjustments?

With us, no, because the high precision of the Gonstead technique means that only blocked joints are adjusted. Blocked vertebrae have a tendency to re-block over time and never become hypermobile or unstable.

Where do the patients at the Hamburg chiropractic practice come from?

Our patients come from all over Germany, but also from other European and non-European countries. We treat patients from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Dubai, Kuwait, the Seychelles, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Monte negro, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Holland, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden.

If I am coming from far away in Germany or from a foreign country, how many days should I plan to stay for adjustments?

Patients from, for example, Munich or Frankfurt or Cologne typically come for 3 days (sometimes even a week) and then receive 2 adjustments/visits per day. Patients from abroad usually stay for at least a week and also receive 2 adjustments/visits per day.

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Monday – Thursday – 08:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00
Friday – 08:00-17:00
Saturday & Sunday – Closed