Typical chiropractic treatment consists of far more than the spinal manipulative therapy* that most of us think of. We take an holistic approach to our patients, realising that whilst the spine may be a central source of our pains and problems, it is far from the only cause. We therefore assess the health status of the entire patient, not just the spine; and advise on how best to treat the whole patient. Whilst chiropractic intervention is always in the form of a physical therapy, it is often very gentle in its approach.
You will also find that some of chiropractic care is aimed at helping you to help yourself. The chiropractor can only do so much; we can treat what needs to be treated, but for your body to heal, it needs your help. Your chiropractor will give you a wide range of advice, including the use of other therapies, of exercises you can do, or lifestyle changes that may help your body (eg the ergonomics of your car seat; or nutritional advice). We are happy to share the management of your condition, both with your GP and other therapists.
Through all these things, we aim to aid you in reducing the chances of a recurrence of your problems, and to help you to manage any future episodes without the need for intervention. For patients on a maintenance programme, we will often provide relief before you even notice any pain, helping you to fulfil your potential in life.
* Having said that, manipulation is still the most common single treatment given. The purpose of manipulation is to free up joints that aren’t moving to their full ability, usually as a result of damage to the ligaments of that joint. During manipulation the joint will be taken past it’s current limit, but within its normal. This is often associated with a clicking sound as gas dissolved in the fluid of the joint separates as the joint expands.