Who goes to the chiropractor?
People of all ages seek chiropractic care. A study carried out in 2002 showed over 60 per cent of chiropractic patients are aged between 30 and 60, though chiropractors also treat infants, children and the elderly.
Chiropractic care is often associated with back pain.
Up to 50 per cent of the population has complained of back pain during the last year and this can be recurring. Pain and discomfort in the spine – specifically the back and neck – with referred pain to an arm or leg are the most common reasons for contacting a chiropractor. Other patients seek chiropractic treatment for headaches, migraines and pain or restricted movement in a limb. However, chiropractors address a huge variety of other conditions and symptoms.
What is chiropractic?
“Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, which means “effective treatment by hand.” Manual therapy has been used for thousands of years, like “folk medicine”, particularly in eastern Europe and the far East.
Chiropractors believe the cause of many disease processes begin with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment.
Modern chiropractic treatment was initiated in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer, who also opened the first chiropractor college in Davenport, Iowa, USA, and which is still going strong. For more information on the college, please visit http://www.palmer.edu/
Since then, the chiropractic method has been developed and expanded, first in the USA and Canada, then Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The first chiropractors started to practice in the UK during the early 1900s, with the British Chiropractic Association founded in 1925. For more information, please visit http://www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk/
Chiropractors aim to address pain and restricted movement by finding the area of the body which is not functioning properly, rather than attempting to dampen symptoms with drugs and chemicals.
A good chiropractor should carry out a lengthy examination of the patient’s body and spine and take a detailed case history, including any laboratory analysis such as an X-ray.
Emerging research has proven the importance of deep, or core, stabilising muscles in controlling safe and painless joint motion. Inc-HEALTH aims to improve the function of these muscles using a range of modern techniques.
One of these, known as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS), is a ground-breaking approach to activate the core stabilising muscles. It is based on the theory that problems are not only caused by lack of strength, but also by poor muscle co-ordination. DNS helps resolve this lack of co-ordination by using highly specific exercises and subtle manipulation to improve the function of the central nervous system to correct faulty movement patterns.
For more information on DNS, please visit http://www.rehabps.com/
In March 2012 chiropractor Ida Nørgaard became the first certified DNS practitioner in the UK. She strives to integrate this technique into her many and varied treatment protocols in order to speed recovery in her patients and improve their performance. She is also an instructor in this approach and organises courses in the UK for physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors.
Chiropractic treatment aims to re-establish good function of joints and muscles so that patients can carry out daily activities and sport painlessly and with good movement.
Results from a recent Swedish investigation shows a quarter of chiropractic patients also experience other positive changes, such as easier breathing, better digestion, improved heart rate and normalised blood pressure.
Dizziness, nausea and serious complications are very rare following a visit to the chiropractor – research shows that the risk of complications is far more likely from taking over-the-counter pain medications when self-medicating for pain than a session on the chiropractor’s treatment table.
Treatment, advise and prevention?
Pain, discomfort and limited movement can originate in muscles, joints and/or spine. At Inc-HEALTH we strive to advise patients of the best treatment options and how to help themselvesto prevent a problems recurring.
Most patients start with our care because they are in pain, but many continue with an occasional check up – in the same way that you would go for a check at the dentist or giving your car a service to keep problems at bay.
In the UK there are three institutions that offer adegree in chiropractic: the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in Bournemouth, the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, and the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic at the University of South Wales in Treforest, Glamorganshire.