What can chiropractic help?

Low back pain

This is one of the most common complaints people suffer. 80% of the population will suffer back pain at some time in their lives. Chiropractic can help by restoring normal motion and relieving muscle spasm, nerve irritation and pain. Restoring normal function is the key to long-term improvement. Lengthy sitting (e.g. computer work and commuting), prolonged standing or slow walking (e.g. shopping) can all produce postural changes which stress the back. Bending, twisting or lifting-especially early in the day or after prolonged sitting-can injure the spine. By restoring normal movement and function chiropractic can relieve and help to prevent low back pain and pelvis pain.

Neck pain

Neck pain can often be caused by the long term effects of poor posture. The neck supports the weight of the head (about 10 – 12lbs) whilst allowing a great amount of movement. Forward head posture, often worsened by working at a desk or computer, stresses the neck. For every inch the neck goes forward stress on the joints is doubled. Loss of optimal movement from joints in the neck can interfere with healthy nerve function. This can eventually cause pain locally, and where the nerves travel (referred pain). A chiropractor can help by identifying and treating stiffness in the joints of the neck, thereby improving movement, relieving muscle spasm, nerve irritation and pain.

Shoulder pain

Pain is often caused by injuries to the muscles or ligaments that surround the shoulder joints or even to the joints themselves. Frozen shoulder is caused by inflammation within the shoulder joint and can lead to severe restriction of movement in the long term. Shoulder pain presents as soreness, tension and/or stiffness in the shoulder and should girdle region. It can also be related to cervical spine dysfunction and can be secondary to a range of multiple conditions including those which might include rotator cuff injury and adhesive capsulitis. Chiropractors treat shoulder pain using a package of care that may include manual therapies, exercise, therapeutic advice and postural advice.

Migraines

Can be common but this does not mean they are normal. One of the common reasons you can get tension headaches are due to referred pain from the neck. If the upper neck suffers increased muscle tension associated with joint dysfunction, this can lead to headaches in the neck, side or front of the head. Often there is pain above or behind the eye. This happens very frequently when your head has been in poor posture positionally. Chiropractic has good success with migraine headaches, particularly when they are combined with tension headaches, by restoring movement in the neck joints and releasing the tension in the neck muscles.

Knee pain

Knee pain can be due to many things, including wear and tear on the surfaces of the joint itself; damage to the cartilage pads within the knee; sprains of the ligaments that hold the knee together; strains on the muscles which surround the knee and help it to move; problems with the kneecap due to muscular imbalance; referred pain from the back, pelvis, hip or ankle. It may follow a traumatic onset (e.g. Sports injury) or be related to age-related degenerative change. Chiropractors treat knee pain using a package of care that may include manual therapies, acupuncture, exercise prescription and onward referral when indicated.

 



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