Chiropractors use their hands to adjust the joints of your spine and extremities where signs of restriction in movement are found, improving mobility and relieving pain. Your body's own healing processes (which we normally recognize in its ability to heal bruises, cuts and broken bones) will then be able to get on with the task of improving your health. This treatment is known as 'adjustment' or 'manipulation'. As well as using manipulation, your chiropractor may use ice or heat treatment, as well as other techniques, having explained exactly how they work.
Poor, inadequate or incorrect function in the spine can cause irritation of the nerves that control our posture and movement. This spinal nerve stress (which may be caused by factors such as accident, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor posture and anxiety) can lead to the symptoms of discomfort, pain and even disease which are a warning that your body is not functioning properly.
Will it hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is generally painless, and some patients experience relief immediately afterward treatment. Patients who come for treatment suffering with moderate to severe pain may experience some minor temporary discomfort for obvious reasons. Don’t worry if you hear a clicking or popping noise when one of your joints is being adjusted - this is perfectly normal with some forms of treatment.
Who is Chiropractic Suitable for?
Chiropractic treatment is suitable for everyone, including newborn babies, the elderly, pregnant women and sports enthusiasts. Once you are better, your chiropractor can help you to maintain your own health, and keep your body working as it should, by offering exercise and lifestyle advice for you to follow in the future.
Can I have Chiropractic treatment if I have had back surgery?
If you have had surgery on your spine it does not mean you cannot have treatment by a chiropractor. The chiropractor can assess your individual needs and compile a treatment plan that is suitable for you.
Can I have Chiropractic treatment if I have Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis happens when the amount of calcium in the bones is reduced causing an increase in the potential risk of breaks (fractures) in the bones. This occurs more frequently in post-menopausal women. Chiropractors can use modified techniques to treat people with osteoporosis and co-manage your care with your GP or specialist.
What is dry needling?
This is a non-painful, effective, soft tissue technique that can be used in conjunction with the Chiropractic treatment to release tension from tight tissues and to promote the healing process.
Do I need to contact my GP?
You do not need to contact your GP unless you wish to. However some insurance companies require a GP referral letter if you are seeking to claim the cost of your chiropractic treatment from your insurance company. If you require more information on this matter please feel free to contact us.