Almost everyone gets back pain at some time, but staying active, with the help of chiropractic care is the best solution.
Chiropractors treat problems with your joints, bones and muscles, and the effects they have on your nervous system.
Working on all the joints of your body, concentrating particularly on the spine, we use our hands to make gentle, specific adjustments (the chiropractic word for manipulation) to improve the efficiency of your nervous system and release your body's natural healing ability.
Chiropractic does not involve the use of any drugs or surgery. We have a range of tools in our toolkit to relieve your pain such has joint release, muscle tension release, strengthening exercises, Sports taping, IASTM (cross friction massage using specialist gentle tools), acupuncture, trigger point release and cranial therapy to name but a few.
Treat the cause of back pain, not the symptoms. Chiropractic, unlike painkilling drugs, treats the cause of pain, not just the pain itself. The chiropractors at this clinic will carry out a full examination, and ask you questions about your pain, medical history and lifestyle, to try and discover the cause of your back pain and offer a diagnosis of your complaint.
Then your treatment will begin, often with gentle, specific adjustments (the chiropractic word for manipulation) done by hand, to free stiff joints and remove spinal nerve irritation. This effective drug-free treatment is generally painless, although you may feel some short-term discomfort if your back is very sore.
Spinal discs are fibrous rings, containing a soft gel-like 'cushion', between each of your spinal bones (vertebrae). Discs cannot "slip", because they are attached to the vertebrae, but the term 'slipped disc' can mean disc damage such as a bulge, a tear or rupture. The resulting pressure or irritation on the nerves that exit your spine can cause pain in your back, or 'referred' pain over an area, through which the nerves pass. Leg pain can be caused by nerve irritation or pressure in the lower spine. Your chiropractor will explain the cause of your pain. It may not be a 'slipped disc'; many other problems have similar pain patterns.
The scientific evidence and guidelines for medical practitioners state that spinal manipulation does help back pain, especially if carried out within the first six weeks. The longer you have been in pain, the longer it may take to improve with treatment. Your chiropractor will advise you of your likely recovery time, and how to minimise the chances of the problem happening again. Early treatment is important, but chiropractors are also effective at treating long-standing or chronic pain.
Usually. Your chiropractor has the training and experience to treat each patient as an individual. You will receive appropriate treatment and adjustments for your specific condition, while areas not suitable for treatment will be carefully avoided. Many chiropractors are able to offer post-surgical exercise, advice and rehabilitation.
Probably not. Most back problems don't show up on x-ray and are better diagnosed using a careful back examination and other tests such as muscle and nerve checks. Indeed, practitioners who advise routine x-rays, especially of the neck, upper back as well as the low back may be flouting accepted guidelines. However, we can arrange for private MRI scanning if we think it is
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