Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a physical therapy which started in the USA over 100 years ago. It works on the principle that for muscles and bones to move effectively and for organs to function efficiently, the nervous system must be as healthy as possible.

When bones in the body, particularly those of the spine, are not moving correctly this can lead to physiological and anatomical changes which adversely affect the nervous system. In many of our rehab patients this has a knock-on effect on the function and movement of muscles and bones.  Signs of such limitations of movement can include muscle spasm and tension.

During a chiropractic assessment, all joints, particularly those in the spine are taken through their normal range of motion. If this range is limited then we are able to apply an adjustment to help to restore movement. In doing this we improve sensory input from the periphery into the central nervous system which is made up of the brain and spinal cord. With improved quality of input we have improved quality of output and therefore improved locomotor (and organ) function.

The chiropractic adjustment is safe because it is very specific and uses a low amplitude high velocity thrust with a specific line of correction.

Potential positive effects from chiropractic include improved musculoskeletal function, reduced pain levels and increased speed of healing. The immune system and organ function also benefits. Of course chiropractic should be used in conjunction with traditional medicine if necessary. Here, we apply it as part of an integrated rehabilitation programme. Chiropractic can be helpful in many patients with mobility problems including those with hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, back pain and post-cruciate surgery. We assess each case individually as to the appropriateness of chiropractic.