Are You Looking For Pain Relief?
It’s not surprising that the biggest reason for the first clinic visit is because of pain which can be very debilitating and literally bring life to a halt. Time off work and loss of earnings can be a critical outcome together with the pain causing disturbed sleep, depression, frustration, fatigue and loss of concentration. Sometimes it is of sudden onset or it can exist for months or even years.
Pain lasting for more than three months is termed ‘chronic’. It is the way the brain alerts the consciousness to injury or potential tissue damage through sensory pathways that flow towards the brain from the spinal nerves. Gentle realignment of the joints can significantly reduce or even eliminate pain and the benefit is that chiropractic does not use drugs or surgery, it is totally non-invasive.
One of our chiropractors would be happy to discuss your particular problem with you so please give us a call to arrange a free consultation either in the clinic or over the phone.
Below you will find some of the more common types of pain that people come to us with together with more information.
How often do you hear someone complaining of lower back pain or do you experience this yourself? This type of pain is one of the major reasons for having time off work and can severely impact on the quality of life for the sufferer.
This type of pain is mechanical meaning that it is not caused by any underlying illness. The main causes of this type of suffering is related to poor posture, poor physical state underpinned by poor physical activity, being overweight or psychological and emotional stress. One important factor related to these is prolonged sitting which is linked to various medical problems and shortens life.
The spine is a series of 33 interlocking bones forming specific curves which are designed to act like a coiled spring during walking. Between each segment are discs that act as shock absorbers and help provide the canal through which the spinal nerves exit. The condition of the spine is closely related to the intake of adequate vital nutrients and the effects of unhealthy habits such as smoking and a high sugar diet. Good posture and muscle tone help to create a corset that protects the lower back during everyday activities.
Chiropractic can be an effective method of overcoming pain without the use of drugs or surgery. Help and support can be offered to advise patients how to get the best out of their backs. For more information or help please give us a call.
Neck pain is common and affects about 2 in 3 people at some time during their lives.
Chiropractic offers a valuable approach to a wide range of neck (cervical) problems. Manipulation or adjusting as performed by McTimoney chiropractors is a precise and gentle therapy whose aim is to return motion to restricted spinal joints and to improve the overall mechanics of the spine.
Seven delicate vertebrae make up the bony structure of the neck, cushioned by the same disc material as is found in our low backs. These discs, made up of concentric circles of fibrous material with a firm, gel-like centre, act as shock absorbers for the considerable mechanical demands placed on the neck. Strong ligaments along the front and rear of the body of the vertebrae along with additional ligaments between the vertebrae’s bony prominences bind the vertebra together.
These ligaments also have a neurological function: nervous elements in ligaments help the brain to know where the body is in space.To understand more about chiropractic and neck pain please give us a call.
Headaches can be classified as either primary or secondary. Most are primary and include tension-type and those relating to neck problems. They are not usually caused by any other underlying medical problem. Secondary headaches result from another medical condition, such as infection, or exposure to outside irritants such as toxic chemicals. These account for fewer than 10% of all headaches.
Chiropractic can be helpful for patients with some headaches. Your chiropractor will take a detailed history and examine you before deciding to offer chiropractic care.
Problems with shoulder pain are quite common and can be due to many reasons. The shoulder is actually more correctly a complex involving several joints – the upper arm and shoulder blade, the collar bone and the shoulder blade, the breastbone and the collar bone and the movement of the shoulder blade across the underlying ribs. This provides the potential for problems such as shoulder girdle pain/dysfunction, rotator cuff pain and adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder.
The chiropractor will undertake a full history to establish the likely cause of the problem together with a thorough examination involving neurological and muscle testing. A treatment plan will then be agreed with the patient.
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