The Chiropractic profession has its own distinct principles and practice which focuses on the musculo-skeletal system, the spine and the effects on the nervous system as it relates to the patient’s health.
Chiropractic is the third largest primary healthcare profession in the UK, after Doctors and Dentists. This means you can be seen quickly and without needing to wait for a referral from your Doctor. It is also recognised by Health insurers.
The main aim of Chiropractic is to reduce symptoms, restore function and help keep you pain free and at your optimum health.
Chiropractic uses a range of techniques to treat different conditions. These techniques include manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue work, dry needling (western acupuncture) and exercise advice.
Conditions Chiropractic Treat
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Shoulder and Arm Pain
- Elbow, Wrist and Hand Pain
- Hip and Leg Pain
- Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain
- Arthritic Pain
- Headaches and Migraines
We can also help to reduce pain and restore function during pregnancy, sports injuries and repetitive and/or occupational strain injuries.
There are other conditions Chiropractic can treat. If you are not sure please contact the clinic for some advice.
What to expect from your first visit
A full chiropractic assessment will take place. This is will take approximately 1 hour and will include a case history, examination, report of findings and treatment (if appropriate).
The case history is a discussion about you, your health and your reasons for visiting a chiropractor. You will be asked about the pain of complaint which is why you have come to Monmouth Clinic. Your past health history will also be discussed as it may be relevant to the pain or complaint you are suffering wit, this is to ensure the best possible chiropractic care for you. Please bring any medical prescriptions with you, as well as any previous x-rays or MRI images relevant to your complaint.
Your details are confidential. No one will have access to your notes without your consent.
If chiropractic appears not to be suitable for you, you will be referred to your GP or to a relevant specialist.
The examination is specifically tailored to you and involves orthopaedic, neurological and physical examination. The examination concentrates on the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and joints). Gowns are made available for you to wear during the examination; you are also welcome to bring your own vest and shorts.
Report of findings
This is when your complaint, diagnosis and treatment plan are discussed. You will be informed of your anatomy, your diagnosis, what can be done and a customised treatment plan. Any questions or concerns that you have will be addressed.
If the complaint appears to need further examination with the aid of a MRI scan or x-ray you can be referred by the Chiropractor. Any imaging will only be requested where clinically justified, in line with current legislation and guideline
A treatment can usually be given after your initial consultation. The treatment will be specifically tailored to you and your complaint. A variety of techniques are used to suit your needs. Chiropractic treatment involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas in the body that are not moving effectively. Joints in the spine can also be freed by a variety of joint mobilisations. Initially before any of the spinal joints are freed the muscles will usually be relaxed by using massage and soft tissue techniques.
After the treatment a cold gel (biofreeze) will be used to aid with the pain relief of the complaint. You will be give advice about ice therapy.
A suitable treatment plan will be constructed which will outline the number and frequency of treatments. Within follow up treatments there will be a foot analysis using a FootBalance kiosk, advice on stretches and strengthening exercises all in order to help prevent a repeat of the initial complaint.
This is in order to quicken your recovery time as well as decrease your pain and increase your movement!
Rock Tape/Kinesio Taping
Benefits of Rock Taping:
- Pain relief: by reducing pressure on pain receptors
- Reduced swelling: by improving fluid dynamics
- Posture control: by acting as an elastic reminder
- Normalise muscle activity
It can also:
- Delay fatigue
- Improve proprioception and co-ordination
- Optimise injury recovery
- Allow athletes to remain active while injured
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