Chiropractic is a primary health care profession focussed on your health and wellbeing.
The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) states “Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the muscoloskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft- tissue manipulation.
Chiropractors focus on the spine and the neurmusculoskeletal system and how conditions affecting these areas can affect your health and performance.Chiropractors are trained to assess the the neuromusculoskeletal system and identify restrictions, imbalances and dysfunction. Our package of care involves spinal and periferal joint adjustments and mobilisations, application of soft tissue treatment and advice on exercise, self help , diet and lifestyle where appropriate. Some chiropractors offer rehabilitation programmes. Chiropractors do not use medicines or surgery and the gentle manual approaches I use are extremely safe and comfortable to receive.
A package of chiropractic care may be used regularly to help maintain good posture, promote health and improve performance, no matter what it is you do, from a high performance athlete to a senior member of the community. Patients undergoing chiropractic care often report benefits from:
Mechanical back and neck pain and and cervicogenic headaches and sciatica*.Also joint pains including hip and knee pains resulting from osteoarthris as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise.*(sciatica due to pathological origin naturally requires medical intervention and sciatica due to disc prolapse should first be assessed by an orthopedic specialist to be advised if chiropractic care is appropriate).
What To Expect
A full case history regarding your general health background will be taken as well as details of your symptoms. Permission will then be sought for an appropriate physical, orthopaedic and neurological exam. Lastly, a spinal examination will take place. If the results of the examination indicate a chiropractic problem, an appropriate treatment plan is then decided upon. The patient’s permission will then be sought to carry out the proposed care.
During the examination women wear a knee length gown and in most cases may also wear tights or leggings during the treatment if they wish.
How Many Sessions Will You Need?
This varies depending on:
1. your age – people generally heal more slowly as they get older.
2. nature of the problem – a simple backache will often clear more quickly than a sciatic problem.
3. how long you have had the problem – generally a recent injury will resolve faster than one of 20 years standing.
Most patients need between 2 and 8 sessions initially at twice weekly or weekly intervals and then gradually spaced out by which time a noticeable change should have occurred. Please note that this clinic does not block book treatments in advance. We may advise a number of treatments for a particular condition, however the final decision on the number of visits is left up to the patient.
Chiropractic care is an interactive approach to health.
The patient should not expect to assume a passive role. At the very least a simple quick exercise programme will be recommended. Changes in lifestyle may also be necessary to resolve the problem and may include postural changes, alteration of sleeping habits and changes in diet.
Referral: Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and if your chiropractor feels your problem is not suitable for chiropractic care or needs further investigation he will liase (with your permision) with your GP and other health care providers to arrange an appropriate referral,