Back pain is one of the main reasons why people seek chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic care is an alternative therapy that can be used in conjunction with other alternative therapies and conventional medicines. It treats musculoskeletal disorders primarily associated with the spine; relieving joint and muscle pain and helping to speed up the recovery process.
Chiropractic care is particularly effective in treating chronic pain, posture complaints, sports injuries and accident recovery. It is also used to treat other related conditions such as arm, neck, leg pain and headaches associated with spinal problems.
Chiropractors believe that spine irregularities are directly connected to the function of the nervous system. Re-alignment of the spine will benefit the neurological system, reduce pain and improve overall health.
The expert and qualified practitioners at Bristol Chiropractic Clinic are specialised in all aspects of chiropractic care. Our clinic at Clifton offers a range of chiropractic services and associated therapies such as acupuncture, physiotherapy and nutrition advice.
If you’ve never received chiropractic care you may be unsure about how it all works. Here’s a look at what’s involved.
The First Visit
In the first session your chiropractor will take a detailed account of your medical history. They will then ask questions specific to the pain such as:
- Cause of pain?
- Type of pain: dull ache, sharp, pins and needles?
- How long you’ve had pain?
The chiropractor will then perform a physical examination. They will exam muscle mobility, tone and strength, posture, blood pressure and pulse.
Depending on your condition, you may be referred for further diagnostic exams such as x-rays or an MRI scan. Once a thorough diagnosis has been established your chiropractor will recommend a personal chiropractic treatment plan.
Following sessions will include spinal manipulation, a hands-on technique to manipulate muscles, bones and joints to re-align the spine. This can involve short, sudden thrusts, moving joints in a certain position to relax the joint and increase mobility, and stretching the muscles to improve strength.
You may hear a popping sound and experience a clicking sensation in your joints during the session. Don’t be alarmed, this is a good sign. It’s caused by the release of gas bubbles in the joint fluids.
A chiropractic session will also include advice on nutrition, lifestyle and exercise. Chiropractic care also works well with other therapies such as acupuncture.
Our Clifton chiropractic services include an individual treatment and rehabilitation programme tailor-made to suit each patient. Contact our Clifton clinic for more information.