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.
If you never have back pain in your life you are lucky because back pain affects about 80 per cent of adults at some time. The effects can have a major impact on quality of life both physically and financially as it is the most common reason for time off work.
It does not discriminate as both men and women can be affected. The pain might be dull with a constant ache but it can also result in a sudden sharp sensation that renders the sufferer unable to cope. Often there is loss of sleep and pain medication may not be effective.
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Sciatica is a term used to describe pain down the leg. It really means pain that is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve.
The symptoms of sciatica can be quite varied. Usually it affects only one leg and can range from numbness (including pins and needles sensation) or muscle weakness, cramping or a burning sensation in the thigh as well as pain or aching in the leg.
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.