What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic, meaning ‘to heal by hand’ is a regulated primary healthcare profession.
Chiropractors specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles) as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system such as neck pain, back pain and headaches. When they assess patients they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account.
Chiropractic treatment aims not only to make people feel physically and emotionally better by relieving pain and discomfort but also seeks to address the cause of the problem using a range of techniques, with an emphasis on manipulation of the spine called ‘adjustments’.
As our approach at Active Health Chiropractic Clinic is a holistic one, we take your whole body into account, not just your symptoms. Treatments can include soft tissue work, adjustments, massage, acupuncture (dry needling), and advice on exercise, diet and nutrition. We may also teach you exercises intended to help you recover and prevent recurring symptoms. Our chiropractors get to know our clients and enjoy providing truly personal care. Take a look at our client testimonials to hear what our clients think about us.
If you are unsure if chiropractic is for you please get in touch and we will be happy to talk to you about the treatment.
Condition suitable for chiropractic treatment include common disorders such as:
- Neck pain
- Tension headaches
- Dysfunction in the joints of the hands and feet
- Disc herniation
- Nerve root irritation (sciatic type pain)
- Low back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Thoracic spine pain
- Elbow pain
- Knee ligament sprains and minor tears
- Ankle injuries
What to Expect
If you are coming to us for the first time your consultation will normally last 1 hour for an initial assessment and treatment. We will chat about your symptoms, your general health, lifestyle and any previous health conditions. A physical examination to check your spine, posture and where relevant the possible source of discomfort will then be conducted.
Before commencing the first treatment we will talk through the findings, how we can help, and how you can help yourself with home care and any relevant lifestyle changes, helping you to manage or avoid pain in the future. In most cases, your first treatment will take place in that initial session. If X-rays, MRIs or any other referrals are required we can discuss the next steps.
Most clients will then come for Follow Up appointments as part of their treatment plan. These generally last 20 minutes and will involve soft tissue techniques, adjustments and specific treatments as detailed in your care plan e.g. acupuncture, exercise demonstrations. Generally, you can stay in your clothes for the treatments. If you do need to undress a gown and a private changing room will be provided.