What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a primary health care profession, one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare. It is a hands-on healthcare discipline that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions affecting the spine, joints, muscles and nerves in the body.
It emphasizes the inherent power of the body to heal itself using skilled, precise chiropractic manipulative techniques, manual therapy and soft tissue techniques.
How Chiropractic Works
Chiropractic focuses primarily on the spine which houses the nervous system – the master controller of all living cells, tissues and organs in the human body.
Chiropractic corrects dysfunction and misalignments in the spine or any joint in the body encouraging and optimizing the body’s natural healing ability by restoring nerve flow and optimizing blood flow to weak and damaged areas.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Services
Who benefits from chiropractic care?
Anybody can benefit from Chiropractic care, we are used to treating people of all ages, from babies and toddlers to seniors in their later life. Chiropractic treatment is adapted and tailored to suit each individual dependant on your age, medical history and current health. A range of Chiropractic techniques are used ranging from the more gentle Sacro-Occipital technique (SOT) to manual therapy using highly specific Chiropractic ‘adjustments’ to the spine and joints of the body.
- Lower back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
- Muscle spasms and cramp
- Headaches arising from the neck
- Prevention of migraine
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder or elbow pain
- Tennis elbow arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck.
- Tension and inability to relax through lifestyle advice
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Icing: The Use of Ice
In acute injuries or flair ups of chronic problems the use of ice is the best approach in order to decrease swelling and inflammation.
Although many people report to find heat beneficial initially, this actually increases the inflammatory response and subsequently causes injuries to feel worse.
Ice for 15 minutes on and off 3 times a day will help in the initial phases of care. The next best thing is to make an appointment to determine exactly what the pain causing structure is in order to start to get on top of the problem.
The sooner an issue is addressed the quicker they are to respond often.
If left, acute injuries can become chronic and some nerve damage is irreversible so the moral here is to get niggles checked as soon as they appear.