What is Chiropractic Therapy?
The aim is to support function of your nervous system. The goal is to get rid of pain and improve your body’s well being. Chiropractic is about wellness, not just symptom relief.
- Changes in the biomechanics of your spine, involving bones, joints, muscles and ligaments, can create tension in your spinal cord, and undermine your body’s ability to adapt to your environment.
- Toxins and emotional tension also reduce your body’s capacity to self-heal.
- Eventually the stress on your nervous system shows up as symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness, headaches, or digestive upsets.
- Chiropractic care addresses the cause of the symptoms – reducing and eventually removing the stress and tension on your nervous system – so you can be in your best possible health and feel great!
Who chiropractic helps
Chiropractic is for everyone, especially for relief from:
- Back and neck pain
- Trapped nerves
- Headaches related to the neck
- Herniated discs
- Ongoing pain following spine surgery
What to expect from Chiropractic Session?
Appointments for adjustment usually last between 15 and 30 minutes. The number of sessions varies, depending on your age, the type of problem you have and how long you have had it for. Many people do see a benefit between five and 10 sessions. Sessions will include advice on posture, daily activities and gentle exercises to help you help yourself.
This is a non-intrusive, gentle and effective hands-on therapy, aimed at promoting healing and pain relief.
Bowen addresses the musculoskeletal framework, fascia and nerves. It is believed to work by ‘etuning’ the body’s connective tissues to their normal state, unwinding the compensations and imbalances that develop in accordance with our lifestyles and which can cause pain and dis-ease.
The position of the Move is very precise. Moves are grouped according to what is being treated and generally work from the torso outwards. Bowen sessions last between 30 minutes and one hour. The time taken to get relief depends on you condition, although many people report relief in fewer than five sessions. Acute musculoskeletal symptoms generally change quickly, however some chronic conditions may require on-going maintenance.
Some of the conditions which people have consulted Bowen practitioners for are:
- Sports injuries
- Anxiety and stress-related problems
- Back pain, sciatica, spinal problems
- Multiple joint and/or muscle pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Digestive and bowel problems
- Fibromyalgia, CFS and ME
- General muscle stiffness
- Gynaecological conditions (heavy or painful periods, infertility and fibroids)
- Headaches, earache and migraines
- Hormonal imbalances
- Joint problems (tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, ankle and knee injuries)
- Post-dental trauma, TMJ problems and jaw disorders Post-operative recovery Respiratory conditions
- Repetitive strain injuries
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a hyperirritable part of a muscle that is painful when pressure is applied to it. It can cause pain both in the muscle where it is located, and in other muscles and tissues either close to or distant from the original point. The therapist locates and deactivates them using finger pressure. This deactivation can be immediate or can take several sessions.
- Trigger Point Therapy is suitable for all ages.
- It can be particularly effective for chronic pain (lasting longer than 8 weeks), and for injuries to sports people that keep re-occurring.
- Much of the pain ascribed to osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee and shoulder, can be relieved by identifying trigger points in the muscles and releasing them.
- It is worth considering trigger point therapy for many peripheral joint pains eg shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle that keep returning.
Trigger Point work is incorporated into other therapies or is a standalone treatment in itself.
Sports Therapy (ST) is used widely by athletes, amateur and professional, and by many non-athletes too. Sports Therapy concentrates on the soft tissues of the body, principally the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connecting tissues eg fascia.
The therapist uses his/her hands to find areas of muscle that are too tight, perhaps due to tension or poor posture, or have weakened due to disuse or injury. With correct pressure and directional techniques (along or across the tissues), muscles can be returned to their normal length and facilitated to recover.
- People who sit a lot for work, use computers every day, or do a lot of driving are particularly vulnerable.
- Emotional and psychological stress can also lead people to adopt defensive postures, and to tighten up particularly the shoulders and neck, resulting in pain, headaches and stiffness.
- sporting activities involve heavy use of particular muscles, making them more vulnerable to injuries. Amateur and professional sports people regularly have ST, to help them recover from injury but also to prevent against future problems and to prepare before and recover from competition.
- Some joint pain particularly that attributed to osteoarthritis, will often improve if the muscles that move the joint in question are kept in better condition.
Benefits of Sports Therapy
- It improves the general circulation of blood around the body, which increases nutrients and helps remove toxins.
- It can help break down scar tissue after surgery or injury, and also reduce adhesions and fibrous tissue which can continue to cause pain after the original injury/operation has resolved.
- ST also improves the function of the nervous system.
- Tension in soft tissues impairs movement sensation, which disrupts the balance between our fight/flight mechanisms and relaxation.
- Increasing sensory feedback through better movement of the soft tissues helps keep a body more relaxed.
Rehabilitation is essential for anyone who has undergone surgery, such as ligament reconstruction or joint replacement, in order to regain strength and mobility in the joint after a period of inactivity. It can also be used in people recovering from other injuries such as sprains, strains and fractures.
How does rehabilitation work?
When we injure ourselves we lose normal function of the affected area, making it weak from under use. Muscles that are being underused become weak, and those overused become tight and painful. Rehabilitation helps to correct these changes with the goal of restoring normal function.
What to expect from rehabilitation
Rehabilitation sessions usually last an hour and involve supervised exercises, either with balls, resistance bands and/or free weights. The sessions can be strenuous, so please come prepared to exercise. The purpose is to return you to normal movement, strengthening weakened area and stretching over-tight ones, and creating in you a better self awareness of what is normal movement. Typical treatment plans involve five to 10 sessions then a review. The overall course of care will depend on your condition.
About Dr Alison
Dr. Alison spent the first 10 years of her working life in publishing and corporate communication, before concluding that there really had to be more to life than four hour commutes to London.
Dr. Alison has a particular interest in neck pain, and has published a research paper (Clinical Chiropractic, 2005, Volume 8) on chiropractic for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain.Alison’s philosophy of health is that the human body is generally designed to self manage and self heal. It doesn’t always work perfectly, but this is not necessarily a design fault. People develop defensive postures according to physical, chemical and emotional stress, and over time these take a toll on the body’s health. It is not always possible to avoid ill health, but Alison believes we can all take responsibility to look after ourselves as best we can. And that the choices we make in our lifestyles and habits can influence both the quality of our lives, particularly as we age, and our capacity to recover when we do become ill.
The Therapies are available at our associate clinic located just 5 mins from The Beach House