Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of complaints associated with the nerves, muscles and joints of the body, in particular those relating to the neck and spine. We are however trained to treat every joint in the body, so are not limited to treating just neck and back pain
Incorrect or inadequate function of the joints in your body can cause irritation of the surrounding nerves and muscles, which can lead to symptoms of discomfort or pain. This dysfunction can be caused by many factors including poor posture, repetitive strain or overuse, accidents, stress and lack of exercise.
Chiropractors use a range of treatments to improve the function of your musculoskeletal system and therefore help to relieve pain. Treatments include techniques such as manipulation, or ‘adjustment’ of the spine, mobilisation of the joints and soft tissue work such as massage and pressure point therapy.
A number of studies have found that chiropractic is a useful treatment for low back pain, neck pain and headaches. Most recently our treatment has been endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Conditions we may be able to help with include:
- Neck and Shoulder Pain
- Numbness/Pins and Needles
- Disc Problems
- Trapped Nerves
- Migraine Prevention
- Mid back Pain
- Arthritic Pain
- Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
- Elbow and Wrist Pain, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Low Back Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Pregnancy Related Conditions
- Sports injuries
For more information on research on chiropractic treatments, visit www.rcc-uk.org/index.phy/evidence-for-chiropractic.
What to expect?
Your first appointment will last for one hour and will involve taking a detailed case history, examination and assessment of your lifestyle. You will then be given a report of findings during which your chiropractor will discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan, and any questions or concerns you may have will be addressed. Advice will be given on appropriate exercises, posture and lifestyle changes to help enhance your treatment.
Unless further investigations are required to make a complete diagnosis (for example X-rays are required, or MRI reports need to be obtained), you will receive your first treatment after your initial assessment.
You are not required to change into a gown for your treatment. However, it is always helpful if you can wear loose comfortable clothing.
Chiropractic can help with the following pregnancy related conditions:
- Headaches & Neck Pain
- Low back pain
- Hip Pain
- Groin Pain
- Mid back pain
- Abdominal Pain
- Poor foetal positioning
The joy of preparing for a new baby is diminished for many women by persistent back pain during pregnancy, causing stress and frustration due to the lack of relief available.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can be helpful in many different ways. We aim not only to provide treatment to address the areas of discomfort, but also to assist the body to adapt throughout the different stages of pregnancy. The treatment methods used to help expectant Mums are extremely safe and gentle.
If you have suffered with back pain prior to conception, it can predispose you to niggles during your pregnancy. Therefore, if you’re planning on becoming pregnant, it would be a good idea to get any pains and old weaknesses corrected before you conceive. The chances are that pregnancy will only exacerbate old problems.
You may also suffer with pain due to postural changes, secondary weight gain, and hormone changes which relax ligaments and can make associated joints more prone to injury.
The positioning of ‘bumpy’ in the later stages of your pregnancy is vital to help avoid the trauma of emergency C sections or other medical interventions such as forceps or ventouse deliveries. Common foetal malpositions include breech presentation, transverse lie and back to back. The space that the foetus has to grow and move around in can be distorted due to mechanical problems with Mum’s spine and pelvis, poor posture and lack of abdominal strength, which means that the baby might not enter the birth canal in the correct position.
Chiropractic care helps to address these issues and provides Mum (and Dad!) with exercises and advice closer to the big day, to help things run as smoothly as possible.
Don’t forget that we’re also here to help you post-partum. Many Mums experience back pain as a result of delivery, which can be aggravated with the stresses and strains of looking after your new born. It’s always a good idea to get these niggles dealt with quickly so you can enjoy being a Mum, rather than let it develop into a chronic complaint.
Emma is a Mum herself, and so can relate to many of the things you are going though!
How much treatment will you need?
This varies for person to person and is influenced by factors such as the nature of your complaint and how long you’ve had it. Your lifestyle in terms of posture, exercise and nutrition can also play a key role in the speed of your recovery.
Typically a relatively uncomplicated condition may take 4-7 treatments to improve, whereas a complaint which involves a trapped nerve can take up to 12.
Your care programme will be discussed in detail in your report of findings, and your will be regularly reassessed throughout your course of treatment.
Many patients find that they benefit from regular ‘maintenance’ visits to keep problems at bay , once their initial symptoms have been addressed.
If after your consultation it is apparent that your complaint is not suitable for chiropractic care, you will always be referred to a specialist or healthcare professional who will be able to help you further.
How safe is Chiropractic?
Chiropractors are highly trained, and their treatment is very safe. Some people do report soreness after treatment, and headache and fatigue can also occur. These symptoms are often due to a minor inflammatory response in the tissues that have been worked on, and usually only last for a short period of time.
Please talk to us at any time if you require and further information about any aspect of your treatment.
Will you need an x-ray or MRI?
This totally depends on the individual’s presenting complaint and what the chiropractor finds after a consultation and examination. X-rays are not taken as routine, and will only be performed when the chiropractor feels that the additional information obtained from imaging is necessary.
Can I claim from my private medical insurance company?
Yes – please ask when making your booking, as different insurance companies have different requirements. We are unable to cover BUPA. Often insurance companies need a referral letter from your GP.
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