When a patient visits our chiropractor in Ealing for the first time, they usually have quite a few questions. How does chiropractic work? What kinds of medical problems can chiropractic be used to treat? Does receiving chiropractic care hurt?
We happily answer all of these questions by explaining how chiropractic treatments work. In this post, I’m going to share the answers to these common questions, along with a few more.
If you still have questions after reading this article, Call The Spine & Joint Centre today on 020 8900 9004 or email us via firstname.lastname@example.org. As a leading chiropractor in Ealing we help hundreds of patients each year.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a discipline that focusses on the treatment of mechanical disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors use their hands to examine the body and identify issues that affect the body’s joints, muscles and bones. They then perform joint corrections and soft tissue treatments to treat those issues.
Chiropractors can treat a wide range of conditions including back pain, poor posture, sporting injuries, repetitive strain injuries, tension headaches, and joint stiffness. They are also trained to recognise when conditions require additional treatment from a medical practitioner and can refer you if necessary.
Who Invented Chiropractic Medicine?
Chiropractic was invented by Daniel David Palmer, a school teacher and business owner. Palmer believed that the nervous system was responsible for the flow of natural healing power throughout the body. He believed that dealing with spinal misalignment (subluxation) could improve how well this healing power could flow, leading to a variety of health improvements.
What Are The Different Types of Chiropractic Adjustments?
Chiropractors use a wide variety of techniques to adjust joints and relax muscles. They include:
- Direct Thrust Technique
The chiropractor does a short, swift movement in order to correct vertebral alignment. This movement can restore patient mobility and ease pain.
The chiropractor will move a joint through its entire range of motion. This can restore the full range of movement to a limb, relieve stiffness, and improve mobility.
- Spinal Mobilisation
This is a gentler alternative to the direct thrust technique that is often used on patients with conditions like arthritis. The chiropractor uses slower motions combined with firm pressure to correct any misalignment of the spine. Many of the older patients who visit our chiropractor in Ealing have this type of adjustment performed.
- Indirect Positional Technique
This technique can be used to relieve pain caused by hypertonic (tight) muscles. The chiropractor works the muscles to correct the muscle and give the surrounding joints full range of motion.
Does Chiropractic Hurt?
This is an extremely common question amongst patients visiting our Ealing chiropractor for the first time. The answer is no, chiropractic does not hurt. Chiropractors work closely with patients to ensure they remain as comfortable as possible during treatment. They will only perform safe adjustments that the patient is completely comfortable with.
When you are being adjusted, you may feel a clicking sensation as joints are re-aligned. For most patients, this is a pleasant sensation. There will never be any sudden pain during your session.
After the session, you may experience some soreness in the tissue surrounding the areas that were adjusted. This is a part of the body’s normal healing processes.
Will Chiropractic Treat Back Pain?
Many of the people who visit our chiropractor in Ealing do so to find help for their back pain. Fortunately, chiropractic care is extremely effective at addressing back issues and relieving back pain. Chiropractors can identify and treat spinal misalignments, along with any degenerative conditions affecting your spine. They are more adept at dealing with back issues than general practitioners and can help you obtain relief from your pain.
Will Chiropractic Treat Neck Pain?
Absolutely! Chiropractors can use cervical manipulation to loosen up the joints of the cervical vertebrae within the neck, relieving pain and restoring mobility. They can also perform adjustments that relieve muscle tension in the neck and shoulders.
Will Chiropractic Help Posture?
Most UK citizens have postural issues that can cause other health problems to arise. Chiropractors can help by performing adjustments and sharing rehabilitative exercises to improve your posture.
Will Chiropractic Help Arthritis?
Absolutely. Chiropractors can ensure that all of your joints are correctly aligned, which can decrease the amount of arthritic pain you may be experiencing.
What Else Can Chiropractors Treat?
The most common complaints that patients present with at our Ealing chiropractic clinic – The Spine & Joint Centre are:
- Back pain (‘disc problems’/ ‘sciatica’ / ‘trapped nerve’)
- Back pain and leg pain/pins and needles/numbness
- Neck Pain
- Neck and arm pain/numbness/pins and needles
- Headaches and Migraine prevention
- Arm, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist Pain
- Leg, Hip, Knee Foot Pain
- Joint & Muscle problems
Who Uses Chiropractic Care?
Virtually anyone can use chiropractic care to improve their health. That includes tradesmen, sporting professionals, office workers, and students. However, young children and people with certain medical conditions cannot receive chiropractic adjustments. Even if you cannot have a complete chiropractic adjustment performed, you can still visit a chiropractor to receive advice on topics like improving your posture and recovering from injuries.
If you are in pain or discomfort call The Spine & Joint Centre today on 020 8900 9004 or email us via email@example.com to book an appointment with one of our leading chiropractors in Ealing.