This list is not exhaustive: if you would like more information please do ring us 01386 443999, we would be happy to answer any questions you have about whether or not chiropractic or osteopathy may help you.
You will be warmly welcomed into the clinic. Help is on its way! Immediately you will feel at home the moment you walk into the practice. New patients often remark how 'homely' our clinic is. That's good, because our goal is to offer state-of-the-art chiropractic and osteopathic care in a purpose-built Clinic with comfortable surroundings to put you at your ease.
You'll find plenty of convenient parking with the short-stay car park just 50 yards away, and with the opening of Waitrose (200 yards), we will have the use of the old Fire station carpark too, with your first hour and half parking for free. You'll be greeted by name when you enter our office and then you will be acquainted with our facilities. If you've already completed your admitting paperwork, great! If not, after doing so you'll meet one of our team
Longer appointments for the initial visit gives the clinician time to discuss your health goals and see if chiropractic or osteopathy is likely to help you. If it looks promising, a thorough examination will help identify the cause of your problem. We carry out, amongst others, neurological and orthopaedic examinations, ensuring that your nerves and bone structure all work correctly, and then discuss the findings with you. Patients appreciate that we explain everything in advance.
After we study your health history and correlate our examination findings, this may include referring for X-rays or MRI scans, we'll make recommendations designed to help you get and keep your health. We call this the Report of Findings. If care is appropriate, then we will discuss care plans specific to your case.
After the investment of time needed on the initial consulataion, assessment, report and 1st adjustment, many patients become concerned that every visit will be of equal length.
In a word: no. A typical clinic visit may require just 15 minutes, or can go for 30 mins, depending on the symptoms presented. But we schedule 20 mins per session.
But don't think the brevity of a regular visit lessens its value. With the groundwork laid, we can quickly size up the condition of your spine and nervous system, adjust you and get you on your way.
Like a regular workout at the gym, each visit builds on the ones before. Missed visits can interfere with the momentum necessary to make the needed changes, and may set you back in the pathway to health.
We recognise your time is valuable. So we do everything possible to run on time and minimise the impact on your busy life.
Your back consists of many different structures that all have to work together. You may think that any abnormalities in the structure or functioning of your back result in pain, but this is not necessarily true. People have very different backs and it is difficult to define a ‘normal’ structure. Some people with severe deformities may not experience any back pain while others who appear to have ‘normal’ backs experience severe pain.
The majority of us will experience back pain at some stage in life, however, for most of us it will self-resolve without having to seek professional help. Unfortunately, sometimes you might have to seek professional help such as a chiropractor or osteopath to trace the specific cause, for example:
Muscle sprain: Sometimes you can ‘pull a muscle’ in your back, resulting in a small tear or sprain in your muscle. If this is not resolved, it can have a knock on effect involving many different compensatory patterns throughout the body.
Disc protrusion: Sometimes the discs between the vertebrae may become weaker and bulge out. In an extreme case this may lead to a prolapsed disc (very rare).
Prolapsed disc: (‘slipped disc’ or ‘herniated disc’): Sometimes a disc bulges so far out that it puts pressure on the spinal nerves running in your back. If this is happening in your lower back for example, you may feel this as pain in your legs (sciatica), since these nerves in your lower back run all the way down to your legs.
Spinal stenosis: The spinal column runs through a narrow opening in your vertebrae. If this opening becomes too narrow the nerves may become trapped, which causes pain.
Collapsed vertebra: The vertebrae give much of the structural support to the spine but these may become damaged as a result of disease or injury. Severe osteoporosis may result in a vertebra collapsing and by doing so disturb the surrounding structures.
Mechanical dysfunction: This is a combination of joints, ligaments, muscles that maybe perhaps not performing at their best which can cause pain, and nerve irritation.
Headaches vary widely in terms of severity, frequency and disability. Many people confuse migraine headaches with cervicogenic headaches. Migraine headaches are usually unilateral (affecting one half of the head) and pulsating, lasting from 4 to 72 hours; with symptoms of nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. It was once thought migraines were initiated exclusively by problems with the blood vessels within the brain however; the jury is now out on the actually cause of migraines.
Cervicogenic headache (originating from the neck region) are mechanically orientated headaches and can be due to posture, restriction in the neck, and stress. Irritation to local nerves, muscles and joints are often the cause of reoccurring headaches. If you experience neck stiffness, find it difficult to look over your shoulder or feel general neck and shoulder tension it's likely that your headaches are cervicogenic rather than a migraine.
The recognition that many headaches are related to or affected by dysfunction of the neck is finally becoming acknowledged by the medical profession. The term Cervicogenic to explain a headache originating from the neck was first used in 1983 but the first recorded notion dates back to 1860.
Dysfunction of the neck can occur for many reasons. These include trauma such as whiplash injury, tension from stress, neck strain at birth, and work related strain such as long hours of computer use. Also pregnancy, postural strain and inherited family traits. Plus the new age phenomenon - Tech Neck - we are all looking down at phones, tablets, etc and as you head is a heavy object, it will create extra tension in your neck muscles.
Vertigo: Problems arising from the neck can lead to other symptoms
Earache and/or tinnitus
Weeping of the eye or flickering of the eyelid
Jaw ache and/or hypersensitive teeth
Neck and back pain
Altered sensation such as pins and needles in the arm/hand
It is estimated that in up to 20% of chronic headache sufferers the condition arises in the neck. The ratio is of 4:1 female disposition and the average age of sufferers is 42.9 years of age. There is no specific pathology on imaging either on X-ray or MRI other than expected age related changes (Cochrane database systematic review. 2004;(3):CD001878).
Short courses of prescribed or over the counter medication can greatly assist in the management of occasional and short-term headache symptoms with little side effects. Long-term reliance on this same medication can lead to more serious problems. After all, the medication is not a headache cure merely short-term relief from pain.
Manipulation such as delivered by chiropractors or osteopaths is known to help in cases of cervicogenic headaches. Please see our patient outcome measurement reports for our latest published findings on how successful we have been in treating cervicogenic headaches.
Frozen shoulder is the term commonly used to describe persistent shoulder pain and restricted movement.
‘Frozen’ refers to loss of arm movement at the shoulder joint combined with inflammation of the tissues within the joint capsule that surrounds the shoulder. These tissues become thickened and shortened and eventually ‘stick’ together, hence the medical name for frozen shoulder is ‘adhesive capsulitis’.
Initially, there is a noticeable progressive limitation of all movements of the shoulder. This may follow a recent minor trauma, dislocation, prolonged immobilisation, heart attack or neck problems. Pain may or may not accompany this, although pain will be felt if the limited movement is exceeded.
Early diagnosis is vital because the condition is reversible. Once it has progressed into the adhesive/frozen stage, some persistent restriction may remain
Another source of pain are fluid-filled sacs called bursas that surround certain joints of the body and act to prevent excess friction between tissues and bony surfaces. Other sources include fractures, dislocation and arthritis of the shoulder joint.
When the cause of the shoulder problem has been established, the appropriate treatment can be initiated. This can range from chiropractic adjustment and mobilisation, icing, rest, modality use (ultra sound and interferential machines) and eventually exercises to improve movement and strength.