You may be suprised to know that not everyone who visits us is in pain. Some people will seek Chiropractic care for wellness; to ensure their spine and nervous system are simply functioning at their best.
Any stresses on your brain or nervous system (physical, chemical or emotional) can affect the way your spinal joints move. These abnormal movement patterns affect the quality of the messages travelling via the nerves, changing the picture the brain receives or the brain sends out. When this happens over a long period of time, the body is unable to heal and function at its best, resulting in poor health and pain often being present. This is your body’s way of telling you there is a problem!
Chiropractic focuses on addressing those stresses and areas of abnormal movement, allowing optimal nerve and body function to be restored. We do this using small, precise and gentle adjustments to the affected areas of the body and spine, and use a holistic approach which may include diet, exercise and lifestyle advice.
Below are a few of the more common symptoms that our patients will see us with.
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Pregnancy is a unique phase of life. Your body is undergoing many changes during this time, the physical and most obvious being posture changes, weight gain and ligaments softening. This can contribute to many aches and pains as your body adapts to these challenges.
Chiropractic treatment offers safe, gentle relief of discomfort during pregnancy by helping to restore balance to the pelvis and spine, as challenges may occur more commonly as a result of the physical changes that occur druing this time.
Your pelvis houses your reproductive organs. If your pelvic joints are not working optimally, there may be some minor uterine restrictions which could affect the space for baby to grow into. This can often manifest in sub-optimal baby positioning eg breech or transverse presentations, less foetal movement and growth. By improving the biomechanical function of your pelvis, it ensures baby has the best chance of achieving its optimum potential as it grows and develops inside you, and can help you to birth your baby more easily as they are in a better position. A recent study paper has shown that Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help to significantly reduce birthing times in 24% of first-time mums and 39% of experienced mums.
As Chiropractors, we work holistically. As a result we sometimes work with midwives, Doulas, health visitors and lactation consultants along side you to help you get the best possible outcomes for both you and your baby. For this reason, we recommend Chiropractic as part of your prenatal, antenatal and post natal care.
Chiropractic training focuses on the spine and nerves of the body so we know a lot about back pain. Our in-depth consultation with you will help us to identify the reason why you’re experiencing any discomfort and how we can help you, whether that is with Chiropractic care or if we feel another professional would be better suited to your needs.
Back problems can present as pain, weakness, tingling, burning or numbness in the back, legs, feet, hips and/or buttocks depending on the injury. A study in 2013 concluded that Chiropractic care was the most effective in the management of low back pain with leg pain originating from the sacro-iliac joints (pelvis) compared to physiotherapy and intra-articular injection.
Often when appropriate, Chiropractic management for back pain will include home exercises to rehabilitate your core muscles to provide more effective support for your back. This can help towards reducing recurrences of injuries.
For more information on back pain and to see how Chiropractic care can help you, please contact us.
Over 10 million people in the UK experience regular headaches making them a very common complaint. Headaches can be caused by many different reasons, the most common being tension type headaches which can include referral from your neck muscles as a result of repetitive postures such as laptop use, injuries or general ‘wear and tear’.
A research study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics from 2011 revealed that Chiropractic care improved headaches and migraines caused by tension in the neck muscles. By making small Chiropractic adjustments to the spine, we can help to improve joint function reducing stress on the spine and surrounding structures, helping to ease pain.
There are many different reasons for neck pain, and it is suprisingly common. Causes can include; postural strain, trauma, sports injury, mechanical and degenerative to name just a few. It’s really important to find out why you’re experiencing neck pain which is why we go through such a thorough initial assessment before we make any recommendations. Chiropractors are specifically trained in the assessment, diagnosis and management of neuro-musculo-skeletal pain, meaning if you’ve got pain coming from your spine, we’re the people to see!
One of the most important jobs of your neck is to support the weight of your head. This can weigh up to 12 pounds (5.4kg approx) in adults – similar to the size of a bowling ball. Because of this weight it carries, the neck can often be prone to injury from repetitive or abnormal postures, stressing muscles, joints, ligaments and discs. This can in turn place extra pressure on the spinal nerves that exit the spine in the neck and cause arm pain, pins and needles or tingling – what we call neurological symptoms. Muscles of the neck will also tighten and can cause referred pain also to the arms, shoulders and head, presenting as tension type headaches.
A recent study found that Chiropractic treatment was effective in the management of both acute and chronic neck pain, with another published in the spine journal finding that Chiropractic management was more effective at reducing neck pain than exercise alone, with many showing signs of improvement within one month.
For more information and to find out if Chiropractic can help you wiith your neck pain, please contact us.
Most people will come to see us because they have pain or discomfort. The course of care that we will recommend to you will help you to recover to the best of your body’s ability. This can take time, and will depend on the nature of your injury and any environmental factors that will be adding to the stress your body is under. It is important to remember that healing is a process and can take time, with more complex and chronic injuries taking longer.
Once you have recovered from your injury, we may recommend that you continue having Chiropractic care to help you towards your journey to wellness. Wellness is defined as “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – The World Health Organization
Chiropractic care can help towards wellness by improving spinal and nerve function to allow your body to function optimally. This is achieved by removing or reducing interference in the neurological communication between the body and the brain. If your brain is receiving more accurate information from the body, it can make better decisions whether that be related to movement, or organic function eg more hydrochloric acid needed in the stomach, more oxygen needed in the blood therefore increased respiration/heart rate or more appropriate muscle control for a specific movement.
A study published in 2016 has shown that elderly patients receiving Chiropractic care had improved sensorimotor function after a 12-week course of care, resulting in more accurate stepping reactions with time and joint position – a factor thought to contribute to falls.
Diet and lifestyle advice are often considered when looking at each individual, to help promote healing within your body. Emotional wellbeing is also taken into account, as how we feel can affect lots of every day things – from as posture to pain perception; two key components in neuro-musculoskeletal conditions management.
If you would like to discuss this with us, please feel free to contact us.
Minor Sports Injuries
Sports injuries can be caused by an accident such as a fall or heavy blow, not warming up properly before exercising, using inappropriate equipment or poor technique, and pushing yourself too hard. Almost any part of the body can be injured, including muscles, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments.
Ankles and knees are some of the most commonly affected areas. Sprains and strains are the most common type of sports injury, with symptoms including pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness around a joint or in a muscle, or difficulty moving the affected body part. Other sports injuries include back pain, bone injuries, hamstring injuries, head injuries, heel pain, joint inflammation, knee pain including knee ligament damage, shoulder pain and skin injuries.
Chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in the management of some injuries arising from playing sports such as cervicogenic headaches, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, rotator cuff injuries (diseases or disorders), shoulder complaints (dysfunction, disorders and pain), and soft tissue disorders.