What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic has been around since 1895 and is recognised and regulated as a health profession in the UK under the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), often complementing other health disciplines.
People are self-regulating and self-healing beings, controlled by their nervous systems. In order to be healthy and recover from injury or illness, you depend on the ability of your brain and your body to coordinate and communicate efficiently and effectively.
Every day we do things which can either help or harm our ability to regain and keep our best health. Have you ever wondered, “If I’m doing all the right things, then why don’t I feel well? Why can’t I do the things I’d like to do, or I used to do?” We do, too.
A chiropractor is qualified to work with the body, using gentle manual methods and techniques (adjustments) to help restore normal nervous system function, so the body can heal itself.
How can Chiropractic help?
Here are a selection of areas where Chiropractic can make a difference.
Although it may be obvious where pain is, it’s not always clear where it’s coming from, what created the problem in the first place, and why the issue is ongoing.
Chiropractors help to find the underlying imbalances in communication and altered function associated with pain or health problems. Discovering the hidden issues which may be contributing, can empower you with ways to improve and better support your health.
Ongoing care plans are painless and don’t just treat the symptoms. You see, we really want you to have the option to stabilise properly and recover fully – and many times this needs time and practice. A consistent Chiropractic approach can result in the resolution of some concerns, halting the progression of some existing conditions, or the avoidance of compensations that can lead to more severe situations developing.
Sometimes, little ones are fussy or irritable. This irritability can stem from a variety of issues including impaired sucking or incorrect latching, an immature digestive system, food allergens in breast milk, acid reflux, a slow digestive system, ear canal fluid disruptions, or slight tensions in a rapidly-growing spine.
Whether it’s sleep or tummy issues, chiropractors work with an approach to look at the underlying functioning and communication of a little one’s developing brain and nerve system. Any difficulties are addressed in a safe, gentle and effective way and care is often the same pressure one would use to put in a contact lens.
Chiropractors can also give new parents greater peace of mind. While not qualified to cure specific diseases in any way, chiropractors can help identify and flag more serious issues to other health care providers, creating an opportunity for earlier referrals and better results.
Chiropractic care is a non-surgical healthcare profession that does not involve any pharmaceuticals in treatment.
Sometimes, surgery is simply a necessary option – and a chiropractor is certainly not qualified to determine this.
However, chiropractors are often recommended by medical doctors as a more conservative, “first steps” intervention. If a “wait and see” approach has not produced a natural recovery, it may be appropriate to check for functional problems. When a patient has not responded favourably to medications or other treatments, or the condition persists or relapses, it’s wise to have things checked from a functional point of view.
If it turns out that surgery is the right option for you, chiropractors can work alongside your medical team to help support your recovery.
Chiropractic care is safe and appropriate for use during pregnancy. In fact, Kerri is living proof of it, having had care for herself whilst carrying twins!
Please remember that each woman’s particulars are unique, and certain types of care may not be appropriate for everyone. Particular attention is given to each of our expecting clients to safely and comfortably support the best pregnancy possible.
Like pregnancy, growing older is simply a phase of life with its own unique challenges. Brittle bones, slips and falls, concerns about balance and strength can be a worry. Many people wish to remain as healthy and active as possible throughout life. And that’s a good thing!
It’s been shown that balance, coordination and supportive, efficient posture are big factors in helping us to remain strong and independent as we get older. The gentle, adaptable methods of chiropractic care make it a wonderful choice. In fact, Kerri’s mum will be 78 this year. Even with some serious health concerns, she has been safely seeing a chiropractor for nearly 20 years herself!
Regardless of what you do, we all heal from injuries.
However, the way we heal, and how much function we regain is down to whether your brain and body are in efficient, effective and accurate communication.
Disruptions to our ‘programming’ after injuries are more often worse than tissue damage. You wouldn’t change car tyres without checking your wheel alignment and balance, would you? Your body deserves the same care to heal up well.
Sadly, we can’t rush healing, but chiropractic care can support healing the right way the first time!
Sorry to say it, but one doesn’t replace the others. Yes, getting good nutrition, moving your body, stretching out tight areas – as well as adequate sleep, water, and some quiet time for the mind – are all essential parts of a healthy life.
It’s a bit like two sides of the same coin.
Without a properly communicating brain and body, all the helpful things you do can’t be as effective. And if you are recovering from injury, extra support through meeting your body’s needs is essential.
Chiropractic can’t exercise or eat better for you, but tending to these needs will help your Chiropractic care be more successful.
When one spends so much time and effort, pushing their limits every day to be the best, it’s no surprise that athletes often seek out chiropractors to assist with their training regimes.
From dancers to weightlifters, runner to tennis players, the needs of athletes can vary greatly. Regardless of your sport, a well-coordinated brain and body function contributes to efficiently improving times and skills. In the event of injuries, chiropractic care can support your body’s systems to recover more quickly and efficiently.
And who wouldn’t like to record a ‘personal best’ or make that audition?.
Chiropractic is generally very safe when performed correctly and appropriately by a trained and registered chiropractor. Some people may initially experience some responses to the care they receive, such as:
- aches and pains
- occasional stiffness in the areas adjusted
These effects are usually mild and pass in a few days. Remember, your body may have much to process and heal initially, depending on your particular circumstances. Your chiropractor will review what you can expect and will always tailor the type of care to your needs.