Conditions we treat

Conditions we treat

Chiropractic can be used to treat and manage many issues including these common painful conditions. Click on any of the headings to read more…

Back pain and sciatica

Back pain is very common – some estimates are that four out of five people will suffer back pain at some time in their lives.  Back pain can restrict your movement and cause misery, stress and discomfort.  It can also cause people to take time off work which is very expensive for companies, costing a huge amount in sick pay and lost productivity.

Causes of back pain:

  • poor lifting or carrying heavy weights incorrectly
  • poor posture
  • unsuitable beds or chairs
  • stress
  • pregnancy resulting in general aches and pains including joint and back pain
  • Sciatica referring to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve.

Chiropractic manipulation is recognised as being highly effective in treating back pain.  In 2018, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended manual therapy and manipulation for managing low back pain.

Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat the specific causes of back pain.  Once they have treated you with manipulation, massage, specific stretches and trigger point therapy, they will advise you to follow a rehabilitation and maintenance care plan to prevent the condition from recurring.  This will include looking carefully at your posture to prevent the condition from recurring.

Neck pain

As most of us spend a lot of time sitting or working at computers, we can often get problems with our posture and our neck muscles can become tense.  The joints and muscles of the neck can fail to function smoothly and effectively.  This can cause cervicogenic headaches as well as simple mechanical neck pain, symptoms of which can include stiffness and soreness of the neck and shoulders. 

The chiropractor will manipulate, massage and carry out specific stretches and trigger point therapy to help restore normal neck movement.  The chiropractor will also give you some exercises to help your neck regain its strength and flexibility.  They will also advise you on how best to adapt your posture which will also help relieve long-term pain and discomfort.

Joint pain

Chiropractors understand how every joint in the body works.  The chiropractor will examine you to find whether the pain you are having in, for example, your elbow, knee or ankle, may actually be ‘referred pain’ from your spine or another joint.  

Chiropractic can help treat conditions like tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck. It’s not just tennis and golf that can cause tennis/golfer’s elbow. Other risk factors include prolonged computer use, driving, DIY and sports that require a throwing motion.  Chiropractors can treat general aches and pains including those of joints, muscle spasms and cramp as well as shoulder pain.

Headaches

Almost everyone gets a headache now and again.  But if you take them for granted, you may be suffering more than you need to. Chiropractors can treat many of the causes of headaches.

Headaches can be the symptom of stress, through worry or overwork.  This is because the muscles, ligaments and joints of the neck may fail to function smoothly and effectively which can cause headaches commonly known as tension or cervicogenic headaches.

Chiropractors are trained to diagnose the causes of headaches and will then treat you appropriately, or refer you for further investigation or treatment elsewhere.  Chiropractic treatments for headaches may involve manipulations to the neck and upper back, soft tissue massage, specific stretches and trigger point therapy.  The chiropractor will also advise you on exercises and posture to ensure the best possible response to treatment and to maintain your improvement.

Sports injuries

Sports injuries may result from poor gait or posture, a lack of fitness or inadequate or the wrong equipment. Taking part regularly in sports may leave you vulnerable to over-training or repetitive strain injuries.  

Chiropractic treatment can help with minor sports injuries as well as specific condition such as; 

  • Joint Pain
  • Muscle spasms and cramps
  • Rotator cuff injuries 
  • Soft tissue injuries of the shoulder
  • Short term management of ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis

Chiropractors treat conditions caused by sports injuries, and can also carry out pre-season checks to identify any areas of possible weakness before any injuries occur.  This will include looking at your movement patterns and tailoring exercise programmes to help you progress in your sport. Your chiropractor can also carry out regular checks to help maintain your best possible performance. Many top athletes and sports people attend their chiropractic clinic regularly to ensure they are at the top of their sport.

Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints which can cause considerable pain and discomfort.  There are many causes of arthritis, including natural ageing.

The chiropractor will take a full case history and carry out an examination.  They will then be able to diagnose the cause of your pain and suggest suitable treatment.  Some arthritic conditions respond well to chiropractic treatment, with treatment focusing on improving the joint and muscle control as well as encouraging strengthening around the joints with targeted exercises to minimise the symptoms experienced.  Your Chiropractor may also refer you to your GP for further treatment.

Chiropractic cannot reverse the degeneration of your joints but, by optimising the movement of the joint and surrounding and muscle control, it can help you stay mobile and reduce pain.