CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT

assessmentBefore starting any treatment, your chiropractor will undertake a full assessment. This will involve taking details about your condition, current health and medical history and performing a physical examination, including neurological and orthopaedic testing. It may be necessary

Chiropractors are trained in using adjustments to free stiff or restricted joints and involve using their hands to apply high velocity, low amplitude thrusts to the restricted joints.

Treatments may also include a range of other techniques including, soft tissue work and mobilisation of joints, stretching and strengthening exercises, nutritional support and use of acupuncture/dry needling to treat myofascial trigger points.

Self-help advice and rehabilitative care form an integral part of chiropractic treatment and chiropractors can give advice how to manage a patient’s condition and help prevent it from recurring.

Manor Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology is in an unique position to be able to offer a bespoke rehabilitation assessment and program to all patients as part of their treatment plan.  This can be achieved in the fully functioning Strength & Conditioning studio.

Chiropractic treatment can take place over a number of weeks, particularly if the condition is longstanding. All treatment plans will be bespoke to each individual patient ensuring the very best quality of care is given. (BCA)

BACK PAIN

Back pain is extremely common with most people suffering one or more episodes of back pain during their lifetime. In many cases back pain can self-resolve without the need for intervention. However, back pain can also be extremely painful, debilitating and persistent, often resulting in lost days at work and severe loss of function.

There are many different types of back pain, attributable to many causes. Successful treatment is dependent on identifying the correct cause for your back pain and treating it and other contributing factors.

The majority of people with back pain suffer from  what is known as ‘simple’ or ‘mechanical’ back pain, often resulting from poor posture, ergonomics, manual handling and muscular tension due to emotional or work related stress all resulting in extra stresses on your muscles, ligaments and joints.

Less frequent, but potentially more serious causes of back pain can be caused by compressed or trapped nerves which become irritated and inflamed. This can give rise to ‘sciatic’ type pain that people experience with pain radiating into the buttocks or down the legs.

The reasons people suffer back pain are vast but are often attributable to work or lifestyle which can cause stress and strain on the back. Postural problems are becoming increasingly common due to many people spending large amounts of time at a desk which can result in muscle imbalances, dysfunction, irritation and eventually pain.

Although back pain can be very painful, there is rarely a serious underlying cause. Seeing a qualified health professional, such as a chiropractor, who is experienced in diagnosing conditions of the back and spine, can help treat back pain. Chiropractors will also identify where a referral or specialist investigations are needed. (BCA)

If you have any concerns or queries regarding any back pain you may be experiencing please call Manor Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology on 0121 421 7788 for a full consultation or free 15 minute consultation.

NECK PAIN

Neck pain, like back pain, is very common with many people suffering one or more episodes throughout their life time.

Neck pain is often associated with other symptoms such as arm pain or headaches. The pain experienced can often be gradual or may start following trauma, such as a road traffic collision. Poor posture and work stations are often attributable to the symptoms described above.

Neck pain can be very uncomfortable as the tissues and structures of the neck are very susceptible to pain and pain ca often be felt on one or both sides of the neck, in the base of the skull and into the shoulders. It can be a sharp or dull pain and can spread as far as the arm and hand, even into the fingers.

Like back pain, neck pain can also be classified as ‘simple’ or ‘mechanical’ in origin. This means the pain isn’t related to any serous underlying issues and there are no trapped nerves of prolapsed discs. This sort of pain often involves the joints, muscles and ligaments causing strain in the soft tissues of the neck.

Less frequently, the nerves in the neck can become trapped, compressed or irritated leading to pain spreading to the shoulder and arm. This can be accompanied by pins and needles, tingling, numbness and weakness in all or part of the arm affected.

Chiropractors will often use manual adjustments, sometimes mechanical adjustment tools such as the Activator, to free restricted joints, or mobilisation techniques, which is the gradual moving of joints. When the joints of the spine are unrestricted the muscles attaching to them will often relax, reducing muscle tension and helping reduce symptoms of neck pain.

Other techniques including acupuncture/dry needling, electrotherapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, nutritional support and rehabilitation will often be given by the chiropractor as part of your treatment plan.

Before beginning any treatment for neck pain a full case history, assessment, medical history and physical examination will be undertaken. It may sometimes be necessary to refer you for other tests such as an x-ray or MRI, scans or blood tests before treatment is carried out. (BCA)

If you have any concerns or queries regarding any neck pain you may be experiencing please call Manor Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology on 0121 421 7788 for a full consultation or a free 15 minute consultation.

HEADACHES

Headaches are extremely common and are often accepted as an everyday occurrence that we learn to live with and accept. When headaches start impacting upon our everyday lives it is time to seek help in identifying the cause. Headaches are often a symptom of an underlying dysfunction, which with the right help can be identified and treated.

It is reported in the UK two-thirds of adult males and over 80% of females will be affected by tension-type headaches, with 1 adult in 20 having a headache every day. Nearly 200,000 people in the UK experience migraines everyday (World Health Organisation, 2004).

Headaches can often be classified as primary or secondary. Primary headaches are the most common type and these include:

Tension headaches – these can radiate from the muscles in the back and neck and are often termed cervicogenc headaches.

Cluster headaches – often extremely painful and can happen in episodes of varying intensity.

Migraines- Sever headaches, which again can vary in intensity and symptoms. Some people often experience aura prior to onset of these headaches.

Secondary headaches are less common but potentially more serious and can often have a neurological component to them which would need to be investigated fully by appropriately qualified physicians.

Manor Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology will investigate all causes of reported headaches and where a headache falls within the primary type; a cause, or causes will be identified and the appropriate treatment given.

Where a headache is considered more serious and beyond the scope of chiropractic a referral will be made to your general practitioner (GP) for appropriate investigation.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding any headaches you may be experiencing please call Manor Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology on 0121 421 7788 for a full consultation or a free 15 minute consultation.

SPORTS INJURIES

Sports injuries are extremely common and concerning for athletes of all abilities. The range of injuries sustained during sport is numerous and can include strains, sprains, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, bursitis, and tendinitis to name a few.

A sports injury can be local, at the area of pain or more distant at the level of the spine, or a combination of the two. It can be caused by direct trauma, or often it can be caused by repetitive micro trauma to discs, ligaments, muscle fibres, tendons….

This can be caused by numerous things including poor posture, biomechanical dysfunction, poor technique, weakness, poor proprioception and failure to correctly warm up and down before and after exercise. This leaves the body less able to respond to an external force and more vulnerable to injury.

When assessing any injury it is imperative to examine the whole locomotor chain of the body to identify dysfunction and not just the area of concern, as dysfunction in one area of the body can have a widespread affect throughout the body. An example could be if a person suffered a problem with an ankle joint and if left untreated can eventually start having a negative impact on other areas of the body including knee, hip, back and neck. This is due to compensatory changes being made throughout the locomotor chain due to this area of dysfunction.

Treating sports injuries therefore requires examination of all potentially dysfunctional areas of the body. It can also depend on the extent of injury or trauma received and where necessary referral will always be made to the appropriate specialist when further investigations are considered necessary.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding any injury you may have please call Manor Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology on 0121 421 7788 for a full consultation or a free 15 minute consultation.

THE ACTIVATOR METHOD

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a gentle, low-force approach to chiropractic care. The technique has been used safely on patients of all ages since the late 1960’s, bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns.

Incorporating the latest advances in orthopaedic, neurological and chiropractic examinations, this unique system of administering spinal adjustments using research based analysis and the Activator Adjusting Instrument can help restore spinal balance safely and comfortably.

The technique utilizes specific protocols to detect spinal joint dysfunction, analyse leg length inequality, identify issues with body mechanics and test neurological reflexes. By analysing results of these examinations, an Activator Practitioner can safely, gently and effectively restore spinal balance (Activator Methods)