Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that are caused by mechanical dysfunction of the joints and their effects on the nervous system.Our qualified chiropractors use their hands to manipulate, adjusting the joints of the spine and extremities wherever signs of restriction in movement are found. This manipulation improves mobility, relieves pain and allows the body’s own healing processes to get on with the task of improving health.Poor, inadequate or incorrect function in the spine can cause irritation of the nerves that control posture and movement This spinal nerve stress, which may be caused by factors such as an accident, lack of exercise, poor posture or anxiety, can lead to symptoms of discomfort, pain and even disease - a warning that the body is not functioning properly.
How Chiropractic Can Help?
By adjusting joints and the vertebral spine, chiropractors can help put the body back into its natural alignment. Nerves that provide feedback to the brain, telling it where the joint is out of alignment, then start functioning properly and the irritation diminishes or disappears.
Depending on where in the spine the nerve irritation has occurred, symptoms may include one or more of the following:
• Headaches - Migraines
• Neck Pain
• Back Pain
• Chest Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• Arm - Wrist - Hand Pain
• Leg - Knee - Ankle - Foot Pain
• Abdominal - Pelvic Pain
This is because irritation of the nerve in one area can sometimes lead to pain (known as referred pain) in other parts of the body. Painful symptoms are a warning sign that should not be ignored. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose the cause and to treat it by use of adjustment. Chiropractic treatment is very precise and the adjusting techniques employed are very gentle and can be used safely on very young children and elderly patients alike.
Our chiropractors use a special treatment bed with drop sections that allow him to make adjustments using very little force. This system was developed in the USA after the chiropractor witnessed a baby being treated on its mother’s lap. Before adjustment was made, the mother raised her heel off the floor, and as the adjustment was made her heel dropped, causing a ‘rebound’ effect, resulting in the release. Our treatments are holistic and the chiropractor will always work ‘from head to toe’, locating restrictions and releasing them. He will then re-test to establish that full freedom of movement has been achieved.A chiropractic check-up is frequently beneficial after prolonged dental treatment, childbirth, hysterectomy, whiplash, accidents, sports injury, etc
Three Stages of Treatment
Stage 1: Is the first-aid stage, where the chiropractor will remedy acute pain and discomfort.
Stage 2: Corrects the structural imbalances that gave rise to the acute situation. At this stage exercise, sleeping position and other aggravating factors are discussed and suitable advice is given.
Stage 3: Maintenance, which means strengthening your weakness and maintaining your spine free of restrictions. It is worth remembering that back problems do not happen overnight - and may even go back to childhood!
Muscle energy techniques, traction, roller bed, heat, ice, laser, electromagnetic therapy and acupuncture may be used in conjunction with chiropractic. Where necessary, we may suggest that you need blood tests , X-rays or MRI scans.
Case Study Wriiten by Dr Thomas Marshall-Manifold
A presentation of three case studies where normal function of hands, arms, or shoulders impede normal function of the range of movement of the upper limbs. Read more