Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. We have a specialist interest in neck and back pain, but it goes way beyond that! Some of the conditions the chiropractors here at Staines Chiropractic treat are:
- Repetitive Injuries
- Lower back pain
- Sport injuries
- Pain from arthritis
- Neck pain
During the initial consultation, your chiropractor will take a detailed medical history. Some of the questions might not seem relevant but it helps to build a broader picture as to what is contributing to your condition. They will then perform an examination. This will include range of motion, neurological testing and specific tests related to the complaint in able to pin-point the specific cause. We primarily deal with the spine; however, the exam could also include tests for the arms and legs muscles and joints. These can often play a role in pain elsewhere.
Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. Treatment is tailored to the individual and could include advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.
Chiropractic treatment involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
Once your initial symptoms begin to subside and if appropriate, your chiropractor will run through some strengthening exercises. This is aimed at allowing you to become more robust and resilient allowing you to return to your activities without problems.