How does it work?
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. It utilises this inherent healing power of the body to maintain body structure and function without the use of drugs or surgery.
The important functions of the body are controlled by the nervous system, comprising the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The nervous system is protected by the skull and spine.
Chiropractic focuses on the spinal function and its relationship to your entire body, including your muscles, ligaments, joints, bones and other tissue. Throughout your spine, areas of spinal stress can occur, causing impairment in this relationship. This impairment can cause pain, stiffness and other symptoms.
Chiropractors are specially trained to locate areas where spinal stress occurs, through a thorough examination of the spine. Soft tissue massage and specific spinal adjustments then help to reduce the irritation in the body and improve function and mobility.
A registered chiropractor in the UK is required to complete an accredited 5 year Masters degree. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are internationally recognised as safe and effective for all, young and old.
Chiropractic is simple, natural and recognises your body's ability to heal itself. Chiropractic helps millions of people from pain and gives them better health every year.
Adjustments are subtle movements of vertebrae to help them move, function and align better. This is done with the purpose of reducing the mechanical stress on the spine. The effect allows the body to feel and function better.
Adjustments are safe, natural and can be done on people of all ages. People commonly get adjusted to stay well and most certainly feel the benefits by keeping their spine healthy.
Adjustments are applied only to those areas of the spine that need help. Because the spine mobility improves from the adjustment, people commonly report pleasure from being adjusted. The experience is one of improved well-being.
Adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning well.
When the body is in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.
Phases of Chiropractic Care
Initial Intensive Care
Pain and other symptoms bring most patients to the chiropractor and the first thing they want is to feel better. During this phase and as we help to eliminate your symptoms, your visits are more frequent and aimed at stabilizing and improving the movement of your spine.
After your symptoms have improved we concentrate on restoring the joints, muscles and ligaments to the best possible state so that you gain maximum function and health. Rehabilitative care aims to achieve complete healing, not just pain relief. Your visits will be less frequent and we will introduce exercise and other self-care to aid your recovery. Stopping your chiropractic care now usually leads to your symptoms returning.
Maintenance care is like having a tune-up. Pain and other symptoms may be minimal and not affect your everyday lifestyle. Treatment in this stage is aimed at preventing recurrence of the same problem, or the arousal of new symptoms. When you have obtained the best correction possible, these regular check ups will keep you healthy in the future. The frequency in this stage is very low (approximately once every month or two).
Intervertebral discs are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outside of a disc is made from cartilage and the center contains a jelly-like solution. Discs serve many purposes. They allow movement of the spine, creat space between the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement. Trauma to the spine can cause the discs to herniate, bulge, displace (slipped disc) or even rupture. These conditions can put pressure on the nerves around the spine and cause pain. As we get older the discs begin to weaken and dehydrate making them more vunerable to injury.
If you suffer from one of these injuries you should see a chiropractor. In many cases, you can experience relief from these conditions through chiropractic. By properly aligning the spine, pressure can be relieved on the discs themselves, and help them work better. This will reduce and hopefully eliminate your pain and discomfort and allow you to live a normal lifestyle.
Arthritis is a condition that is caused by the wearing down of the cartilage between joints. Some of the major joints that are affected are the knees, hips, back, neck, and hands/wrists. Arthritis can be painful and can cause the affected areas to not function properly. Arthritis in one area can cause arthritis or other problems in a different joint. For instance, if you have arthritis in your left knee, you may compensate for this by putting more pressure on your right side, leading to right hip problems. Pain killers can cause temporary relief from pain and discomfort, but it is not a long-term solution. Chiropractic can alleviate pain by restoring alignment to the joint, improving function and mobility thus relieving pressure and discomfort. Improved joint movement function helps to ensure that you move safely and with correct motion so that you do not cause injury to other parts of your body. We are not only concerned strictly with the affected area, but rather the body as a whole. We aim to restore and maintain proper movement and functionality to increase your overall well-being.
Joint dysfunction occurs when joints become stiff and full movement is restricted. It can be caused by an injury, poor posture, overuse/underuse of a joint, muscle imbalance and many other factors. Like arthritis, joint dysfunction can cause pain in the joint and the surrounding muscles and can also cause problems in other parts of the body due to overcompensation.
One common form of joint dysfunction is sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which occurs where the base of the spine meets the pelvis. It causes low back pain and prohibits movement. This condition is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms are similar to sciatica or a herniated disc.
Your chiropractor can properly diagnose this condition and provide relief. Using specific adjustments for the affected joint can return proper mobility and help alleviate pain. If you have joint pain, visit us for relief.
Pain along the spinal column in your neck or back is very commonly caused by subluxations or misalignments of your vertebrae. A small misalignment can cause pain by placing pressure on the surrounding tissues. Left untreated, these subluxations can cause muscle spasms and increasing pain. Chiropractic adjustments properly align your spine so that pressure on joints can be released. It is a direct treatment for the cause of the pain, not a temporary relief like pain relievers or massage. If you are experiencing back or neck pain visit us today.
Many people believe that headaches are caused by loud noise, being tired or being stressed. While these are all factors that can lead to a headache, 80% of all headaches originate from the neck and the direct cause is tightness in the neck and shoulders. This tightness can cause misalignments in the vertebrae of your neck, resulting in pain. With a typical cervicogenic (neck origin) headache, a person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which radiates into the temples, eyeballs and forehead. Massage of the neck and shoulder muscles can release tension, and a chiropractic adjustment can realign the vertebrae in your neck. Chiropractic can help eliminate the cause of your headaches rather than offering a temporary relief of symptoms.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This condition is most commonly associated with people who are constantly using a computer. Typing is a motion that, when performed repetitively and with poor posture, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include: pain, numbness, weakness or a burning sensation. These symptoms can be relieved with specific joint adjustments and nerve mobilisation techniques to your wrist. Also, as the nerves in the fingertips travel through the wrist, up the arm and into the neck, pain in your hands and wrists can be relieved with concentrated spinal adjustments to your neck.
We have discussed many conditions that can be relieved through chiropractic. The best way to treat these conditions is to prevent them before they even start. Regular chiropractic visits can help to prevent physical problems and injuries from occurring. Other potential benefits of regular chiropractic visits are: increased flexibility and mobility, higher levels of energy, improved posture and an overall feeling of well-being. Come in for a check up before your symptoms get more severe and the damage may be permanent.