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The World Health Organisation defines health as

“Optimal physical, mental and social well-being,
not merely the absence of illness and disease”

 

Headaches & Migraine

Are headaches normal?

Sooner or later nearly everyone gets a headache, but to a significant number of people they can be recurrent or chronic. A headache is a result of inflammation, compression, stretching, irritated or infection to the cranial nerves, dura and arteries of the brain. For over a hundred years people receiving Chiropractic care have benefited from the natural and drug free approach to correct nervous interference and allow the body to heal itself. Chiropractic is not a headache therapy but results show that Chiropractic spinal care is essential for anyone who suffers from headaches [1]
Sciatica & Leg pain

Many sufferers have received dramatic relief from Chiropractic. [2] By removing nerve interference many sufferers of sciatica and leg pain have found Chiropractic was superior to traction and pain injections, often saving them from having spinal surgery.(2)

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Sciatica & Leg Pain

The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in the body. When inflamed the condition is called sciatica but not all leg pain is sciatica. Sufferers of sciatica often have severe pain along the sciatic nerve path, usually in the back of the legs and thighs, sometimes pain is also felt in the ankles, feet and toes. Sciatica can also lead to pain in the front of the legs and the hips and a variety of sensations such as burning and pins and needles can also be experienced.

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Low-back ache / pain

Chiropractic care helps millions of people with low back problems, providing a drug free and natural method of relief from pain and discomfort. A medical research Council clinical trial, reported in the British Medical Journal in 1990 & 1995, found that Chiropractic treatment of back pain was more effective than hospital outpatient treatment.

Back pain is the leading cause of absenteeism in the workplace costing industry £5 billion in the UK alone. Studies in the USA and Canada support the findings in the UK, “the higher satisfaction levels expressed by patients of Chiropractors…offer an overwhelming case in favour of much greater use of Chiropractic services in the management of low back pain…a very good case can be made for making Chiropractors the gatekeepers for management of low-back pain in the workers’ compensation system.” [3]

Sufferers of chronic and severe pain, both immediate and long term can gain relief through Chiropractic. Scientific studies clearly demonstrate that spinal manipulation is the most effective and cost-effective form of treatment for dysfunctional problems in the upper, mid and low-back. [4]

The overwhelming case for Chiropractic as the most effective treatment option for low-back pain lies in the simplicity that Chiropractic care seeks to correct vertebral Misalignments, physical therapy, drugs, bed rest, traction, braces and surgery do not!

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Whiplash and neck problems

The importance of your neck can be seen when you realise that it is made up from 48 different joints, jam packed full with nerves, glands, tubes, blood and lymph vessels plus your brain stem, spinal cord, spinal column, ligaments, muscles, tendons, fluids meninges and balances your relatively heavy head.

Whiplash is the result of a trauma that causes the head to be propelled forward then ‘snapped’ back and forth very quickly. Whiplash injury is common in falls, sporting injuries, accidents and automobile accidents. In addition to disc damage whiplash can lead to a number of spinal problems such as spinal misalignment, stretching or impingement to the nerves and soft tissue damage. The result of whiplash is often headaches, reduced mobility, blurred vision, numbness, ‘pins and needles’ in the face, chest, arms, wrists and hands, neck pain. Other symptoms such as insomnia and anxiety are also common [5]

With more people driving cars and motorbikes than ever before whiplash is becoming a more common injury. Today in the USA about 20 million people suffer from whiplash injuries [6] . Chiropractic care has been an effective and welcome relief for millions of former sufferers of whiplash and general neck problems without the need to turn to drugs and medicines [7]

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Accidents & Trauma

‘I haven’t felt right since the accident’

- an all too common phrase from people who have been in an accident or suffered a trauma.

Misalignments that are created in the spine following an accident remain in the body and prevent you from healing thoroughly. That may be the reason why over half of accident victims never completely recover from injuries sustained following an accident. All too often people live on painkillers, physical therapy and sometimes repeated surgery. We here all too often, ‘I’ve been told that I have to live with the pain’!

Chiropractic care can be the difference in making a full recovery, giving your body the best chance to completely heal. Anyone who has been in an accident should seek a Chiropractic consultation. The health of your nervous system is critical for the relief of symptoms and for healing. The damage from a spinal Misalignment may take months or even years to surface and a simple visit to the Chiropractor could help bring back the quality of life prior to the accident. Please note that Chiropractic should be used in conjunction with emergency medical care not in the place of.

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Shoulder, Arm, Hand

The brachial plexus is made up from nerves which come out of the middle and lower neck and upper back. After they interconnect to form the Brachial plexus they branch off to supply the shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers. These vital nerves carry information from the brain to the body. Many problems with these areas of the body can be related to damage to the brachial plexus. The nerves that make up the brachial plexus can become compressed or impinged, caused by a variety of reasons, such as, sporting injury (particularly from racket sports), long-term spinal stress, childhood injury, car accidents and traumas, even sleeping in awkward positions. Depending on which nerves or involved there can be a variety of problems that result. The common problems experienced range from headaches and neck stiffness to numbness in the fingers and muscle weaknesses or spasm [18]

Chiropractic care is essential to relive stress on the nerves of the brachial plexus, as well as the entire spine, to provide long term relief from pain and symptoms in the shoulders, arms and hands.

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Paediatric

Most responsible parents realise the importance of regular health check ups for their children. However, regular checks of the spine and nervous system are often neglected due to misunderstanding of the role of Chiropractic.

Spinal checks are essential to ensure that your child leads a healthy life. Why? In addition to the stress of childbirth [21] , the constant tumbles, jumping, running and bumping of a normal child’s play often causes vertebral Misalignments. With a healthy spinal column, a child’s body is better equipped to cope with sore throats, ear infections, stomach-aches, fevers, measles, mumps and the many other problems that that often make up young life.

If your child is often suffering from sickness or taking medicines on a regular basis then a Chiropractic spinal check could be the answer to finding a healthier future. Due to the many benefits that Chiropractic offers children we have a dedicated section to visit Kids and Chiropractic

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References

Logan Basic technique is a very predictable structural technique that works by gentle pressure on the hip and buttock area. When the base of the spine is misaligned, this causes compensation further up, which results in the distortion of the entire body

[1] Vernon, H. (Ed.). Upper Cervical syndrome: Chiropractic diagnosis and treatment. Baltimore, 1998

[2] Johnson,E.W. Sciatic nerve palsy following delivery. Postgrad. Med., 1961, 30(5)

2/ Livingston, M. Spinal manipulation: A one year follow-up study. The Canadian Family Physician, July 1969,pp. 35-39

[3] Manga, P. et al. The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Chiropractic management of low-back pain. University of Ottawa, Canada: Pran Manga & associates, 1993

[4] Meade, T.W., Dyer, S. et al. Low back pain of mechanical origin: Randomised comparison of Chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment. British Medical Journal, June 1990, 300, pp.431-437.

[5] Wool, S.L. et al. Connective tissue response to immobility.  Arthritis and Rheumatology, 1975, 18(3), pp.257-264.

[6] Forman, S.M. & Croft, C.A. Whiplash injuries: The cervical acceleration / decceleration syndrome. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1998.

[7] Mealy, K. et al. Whiplash benefits of early mobilisation. BMJ, 1986, 292, pp. 656-657

[18] Hult, L. Frequency of symptons for different age groups and professions. In C. Hirsch & Y. Zotterman (Eds.), Cervical pain. Oxford: pergamon press,1971,pp.5-16

[19] Carpal tunnel syndrome: Getting a handle on hand trauma. Occupational Hazards, 1987, pp. 42-45.

[20] Mendelsohn, R. Treating Carpal Tunnel syndrome. The people’s Doctor, 8 (9), p7.

[21] Leboyer, F. Birth without Violence. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984, pp.21,28

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