What can Bristol Chiropractic do for you?
Conditions that are helped by chiropractic care include:
- Back, hip and leg pain
- Neck, shoulder and arm pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Sports injuries
- Joint, muscle and nerve pain
Your chiropractor will take a full history of your complaint alongside a comprehensive review of your medical history and lifestyle. Once this is done your chiropractor will give you a gown to change into and then examine you to identify the root cause of your complaint. After this she may decide to refer you for an X-ray, MRI or diagnostic ultrasound if the cause is unclear.
Once a diagnosis has been established your chiropractor will explain whether you would benefit from chiropractic care and after this your chiropractor will explain the ideal chiropractic treatment plan including which treatment methods are most appropriate, the amount of treatment you will need and answer any of your questions.
Length of treatment can vary depending on how recently the complaint came on and the severity of the complaint. The likely length of treatment will be discussed with you on your first visit. NHS guidelines on manual therapy suggest 8 chiropractic treatments over 12 weeks although some patients fully recover with less and some may need more.
Most people if they follow the treatment plan discussed in the first visit should see a full resolution of their symptoms. Patients with long term, recurring and chronic conditions often benefit from maintenance care and this will be discussed with your chiropractor on the first visit.
It is recommended that patients carry out exercises prescribed by your chiropractor once you have started to improve. This will keep you healthy and help protect you from further injuries. Your chiropractor can also discuss changes to your diet and lifestyle that will help you stay healthy.
Many people experience a short term reaction to chiropractic treatment that lasts no more than a few hours. There is no evidence to suggest that there are any serious risks as a side effect of treatment. It has been suggested there is a small risk of a stroke occurring secondarily to neck manipulation however recent studies suggest the risk is equal to the risk of attending your GP surgery with the same complaint.
Chiropractic care does not treat symptoms with drugs but treats the cause of your pain by helping to correct any restricted or altered joint movement to restore motion and function. Musculoskeletal problems can be caused by accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and wear and tear.