The Chiropractic Experience

 

On your initial consultation the chiropractor will perform a physical examination. This incorporates a full medical history, orthopaedic and neurological tests, postural and biomechanical assessments and, if necessary, referral for further tests or imaging (x-ray, ultrasound or MRI). A diagnosis will be given and a plan of management and treatment proposed.  Treatment focuses on the painful areas as well as others that may be aggravating or perpetuating the pain.

 

Part of an inter-disciplinary team approach, Chiropractic care means you will be referred to and/or co-managed by any other necessary healthcare practitioners if necessary. This frequently includes in-house co-management with Podiatrists to correct any biomechanical foot dysfunction. If necessary, close co-ordination with the GP will allow for appropriate analgesia or for a Neurosurgical or Orthopaedic referral. 

 

Chiropractors treat neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions and pain using a package of care utilising a range of treatment and management interventions, and may include spinal and joint manipulation, spinal and joint mobilisation, and various soft tissue techniques like massage, trigger point therapy, cross-friction, PIR, PNF, myofascial release, massage and myofascial dry needling. Importantly, chiropractic uses exercise prescription, rehabilitation, therapeutic and lifestyle advice to avoid perpetuating factors. Ergonomic advice in the workplace and patient education strategies can help cope better with activities of daily living. Ice is advised to reduce inflammation, while supporting pelvic belts may help relieve stress on joints.

 

Treatment type and number will depend upon the condition, the patient and their needs, both in the short and long term. The treatment aims are reducing inflammation, plastically remodelling scar tissue and freeing up restricted joints. This helps restore normal biomechanics and ultimately returning the patient to full function. The effective, safe and gentle method of chiropractic treatment respects and uses the body’s natural healing mechanisms and timeframes, to help the body repair itself. Chiropractic does not use drugs or surgery.

 

If you have tried other manual therapies like Physiotherapy and Osteopathy for your condition and not responded to the treatment, please don’t give in and “live with the pain”, resign to pills or have surgery. Chiropractic often helps where conventional medicine does not. You have a right to an alternative form of treatment.

 

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