Frequently asked questions

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How does it work?

Chiropractors use their hands to manipulate the joints of the spine and extremities. Due to the advances in neuroscience we now understand better the importance of manipulation and how manipulation effects the nervous system and the rest of the body as a consequence.

Certain nerve receptors in the spine can cause irritation of the nerves that control our posture and movement. This spinal nerve stress (which may be caused by factors such as accident, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor posture and anxiety) can lead to the symptoms of discomfort, pain and even disease which are a warning that your body is not functioning properly.

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Are there different styles of Chiropractic?

Although the basic tenets of Chiropractic are universal, there are many different approaches to treatment. Different treatment techniques suit different people and so we tend to use a mixture of techniques, tailoring treatment to the individual. In terms of analysis, we use principles developed in Sacro-Occipital Technique, Applied Kinesiology, Dry Needling (similar to acupuncture), motion palpating and Functional Neurology. Overall there is an emphasis on gentle effective techniques used to facilitate the body's own healing processes.

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Who is Chiropractic suitable for?

Chiropractic treatment is suitable for men and women with musculoskeletal problems; as well as sports enthusiasts. Once you are better, your Chiropractor can help you to maintain your own health, by offering exercise and lifestyle advice for you to follow in the future.

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What is Dry Needling?

This is a non-painful, effective, soft tissue technique that can be used in conjunction with the Chiropractic treatment to release tension from tight tissues and to promote the healing process.

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What is Applied Kinesiology?

The method of Applied Kinesiology is primarily concerned with the interaction of structural, chemical and mental physiology. It uses the principle that the body is a self-maintaining entity, with self-correcting mechanisms.

The use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function was introduced by George H. Goodheart Jr, D.C (Doctor of Chiropractic) in 1964. Since then, research into the knowledge of AK has expanded considerably, providing many additional dimensions to the techniques

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What happens during a consultation?

Your chiropractor will begin your first consultation by taking a full case history. Then you will undergo standard Orthopaedic and Neurological Tests and you will have a Chiropractic Assessment. Following the consultation, you will have a Report of Findings where you shall be advised if your condition is suitable to receive Chiropractic care. If so, then the treatment types shall be explained to you and, an appropriate treatment plan for you condition will be detailed. After which you, the patient, will have a good idea of the time scale and cost for treatment.

If X-rays are necessary to assist the diagnosis, then the patient will be immediately referred to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a private Patient. All BCA chiropractors are trained and qualified to take and interpret X-rays.

If your chiropractor identifies an underlying condition for which other treatment is appropriate, you will be referred to your GP or another specialist without delay.

As well as using manipulation, your chiropractor may use ice or heat treatment, as well as other techniques, having explained exactly how they work.

The most common treatments are:

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What is Manipulation?

Manipulation consists of the application of a short, quick movement of a joint or a slowly repeated mobilising motion; this is an active approach that focuses on improving function in order to accelerate healing and prevent recurring injury.

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Muscle Relaxation And Stimulation

These procedures consist of gentle stretches of muscles with excessive tension, or repeated contractions of weak muscles. Gentle finger pressure techniques may be applied to trigger points to relieve the pain.

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Rehabilitative Exercises

Rehabilitative exercises are used to achieve lasting pain relief through two mechanisms.

  1. they aid in tissue healing, recovery and to decrease pain.
  2. reconditioning exercises improve function and stability.

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Workplace And Lifestyle Advice

Addresses factors in your work, home or recreational activities that perpetuate the dysfunction that leads to pain.

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Rehabilitative Exercises/Education

Exercises help with tissue healing and recovery. Therapeutic and reconditioning exercises improve the function and stability of painful tissues, and are designed to enhance the overall ability of your body to engage in everyday activities and prevent future problems.

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Can I have treatment now that I am pregnant?

Chiropractic can be of great benefit to pregnant mums. Back Pain, Groin Pains and many more conditions can be helped with Chiropractic care.

During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes the most radical changes that will occur during her adult life. Joint problems can be particularly difficult to cope with since using most painkillers is not advisable during pregnancy. The first priority is always the safety of the mother and baby, and all Chiropractic techniques used are safe for both the pregnant woman and the baby.

Chiropractic treatment in pregnancy can not only optimise the baby's position and help with the rigours of pregnancy and labour it can also effectively treat pregnancy related problems such as:

  • lower and upper back pain
  • pelvic pains
  • leg pain
  • knee pain
  • neck/shoulder aches and stiffness

Education provides strategies to overcome pain, and training in ways to reduce strain or risk of injury in the future.