What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligament, tendons, muscles and nerves of the body, particularly those of the spine. Treatment consists of a wide range of manipulative techniques and soft tissue therapy designed to improve the function of the joints, to release nerve irritation, relieving pain and muscle spasm. More and more people are benefiting from a chiropractor because they want a natural approach to health, minimising the need for drugs, painkillers or surgery.
Who Can Benefit From It?
People of all ages and from walks of life can benefit from treatment by a chiropractor, from babies and children, throughout adulthood, to the elderly. Adults seek to improve and maintain general health and wellbeing, and through chiropractic care the elderly can achieve more energy, mobility and less drug dependence. With spinal degeneration in later life the spine is more vulnerable and should be checked regularly.
Common problems that can be helped by a chiropractor include:
- Low back pain
- Shoulder problems
- Carpal tunnel
- Disc problems
- Knee pain
- Pins and needles
- Neck pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Poor posture
What to Expect on your First Visit?
Your first visit will involve a one hour full consultation, examination and treatment. During the consultation we will take a detailed case history of your symptoms and medical history. This will be followed by a full examination and report of findings where we will discuss our findings with you, give you a diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms, discuss the types of treatment you need and the time frame in which we expect an improvement. There will be an option of treatment at this first appointment if required.
Chiropractic care from a chiropractor is a way of keeping healthy and being at your best, for better sports performance, improved flexibility and to achieve a more effective recovery from injury.
General Advice for Children and Babies
Parents who often appreciate the importance of check-ups for their child’s teeth, hearing, eyes, ears, nose and throat draw a blank when it comes to the spine. A spinal check-up could be one of the most important of your child life. The birth process can be one of the most physically traumatic times for a baby. The stresses placed on a young skeleton can cause minor functional problems of the spine, the pelvis or the extremities. In addition to this, the constant jumping, falling, running and bumping of a normal childhood often cause misalignments of the spine with serious health consequences if uncorrected.
Treating babies and children involves very gentle techniques, mainly based around cranio-sacral type techniques and applying light pressure over areas of the spine and soft tissues. Therefore, whatever the age of your child, chiropractic care from a chiropractor can be a safe and effective therapy to improve all round body function and allowing your child to be at their best.
Chiropractic treatment during pregnancy ensures your body is optimally balanced, promoting optimal positioning for the baby in utero. Thereby encouraging an easier delivery for both you and your baby. Using a chiropractor is effective in alleviating some of the uncomfortable effects of pregnancy, including changes in posture due to weight gain that causes pain in your back, buttocks, groin and legs. Treatment is extremely gentle, and involves specific techniques to encourage realignment of your lower back and pelvis as well as increase the space that the baby has to move around in, encouraging your baby to settle in the ideal in utero position.
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