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What is Chiropractic?
What conditions are particularly helped at the Christchurch Chiropractic Centre?
What will happen when I attend the Christchurch Chiropractic Centre?
Will I have x-rays taken?
Is chiropractic treatment painful?
Will my General Practitioner be informed?
How can I find out if the Christchurch Chiropractic Centre can help me?
What do others say about chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the largest form of health care in the world after medicine and dentistry. We specialise in the care of back pain and spinal problems. Because of our specialist understanding of the body mechanics we are also experts at dealing with other joint problems.
Our approach is aimed at restoring normal movement to the joints, particularly the ones in the spine and pelvis. These have a vital role in protecting the nerves which come out of the spine to go to all parts of the body. Any abnormal function of the spine can have repercussions almost anywhere in the body.
For example when someone complains of pins and needles in the arm this can be due to a nerve being pinched in the neck; restriction of the spine between the shoulder blades can contribute to tightness of the chest; speak to anyone who has suffered the severe pain of sciatica and they will tell you about the pain going down from the pelvis to the leg and foot. This occurs because of pressure on the sciatic nerve, which is often due to a disc that bulges or slips in the lower back.
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These include slipped discs, sciaticas, pinched nerves, all "muscle" complaints, joint problems, most forms of headaches, neck, shoulder and arm pain and sports injuries. We also deal with sprained ankles, foot pronation, knee cartilages, bad hips, frozen shoulders, tennis elbows, sprained wrists, rheumatism and so on.
We are particularly successful with back pain that affects the elderly in whom it is often caused by a degenerated (osteoarthritis) or weakened (osteoporosis) spine and taut muscles (fibrositis). Children can also need chiropractic care. Their posture can be poor; they can sit improperly and cause undue strain on their spine. Falls can cause early damage. Any form of backache or headache in a child should be investigated. Children usually respond quickly to chiropractic treatment. Backache of pregnancy also responds very well. Chiropractic is most effective and safe and is a comfortable form of treatment all through the pregnancy. Post-natal care of the mother's spine is highly recommended as many chronic back problems in mothers can be traced back to the carrying or delivery of one of the children. We have more leaflets on these and other subjects. Please do not hesitate to call in and collect them or they can be sent by post or ordered by e-mail.
We also specialise in accident cases such as whiplash injuries. Legal reports can be made available at the request of your solicitor to help him present your case for compensation.
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At first you will be asked to tell us about your problem and no doubt you will have to answer many questions. Then an examination will be carried out with a minimum amount of discomfort. We also use interactive diagnostic methods. Diagnostic muscle testing is a speciality that was discovered and developed within the chiropractic profession. It makes use of the performance of individual muscles to give us clues to the performance of other body functions. We have found this approach to be particularly useful in sports injuries where the mechanism can be quite complex. It is also unique in helping us to identify and correct digestive problems, particularly at the early stages, for example: heartburn, indigestion, hiatus hernia, diarrhoea and constipation, irritable bowel, colitis, diverticulitis or diverticular disease, lazy bowel.
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We use x-rays to see the joints and to reveal information not accessible by other means only in a few cases. If you have been x-rayed at a local hospital, we will go and examine the films; alternatively, we can arrange to have you x-rayed at a nearby centre. X-rays assist us in formulating the best treatment approach to secure the shortest and safest way to reach a full recovery. You will then be explained what your problem involves and given an idea of how long your recovery will take. Treatment will usually be started on your first visit if no x-rays are taken, or on the second if we take x-rays.
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Our main form of treatment is manipulation by chiropractic adjustments. This is directed at the offending or restricted joint which is gently pushed into normal movement. The adjustment is carried out swiftly and carefully with the minimum amount of discomfort as we find the more comfortable the treatment, the quicker the recovery. Most people find the treatment pleasant. Your treatment programme will be tailored to your needs. As a general rule, the more recent the problem, the quicker the recovery which could take only three or four visits. Longer-term problems will take longer to improve, may be eight to ten visits and will most often require and benefit from regular check-ups at two to four monthly intervals. Whatever your problem, you can be assured that the practitioners at the Christchurch Chiropractic Centre will always advise you on the best way to manage your problem, from the chiropractic treatment to a suitable exercise routine tailored for your use. Other advice on lifestyle will also be given as appropriate.
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Should we find any problem that requires a different approach, you will be referred back to your General Practitioner. For this reason we find that keeping your G.P. informed of your visit to the Christchurch Chiropractic Centre helps you in the long-term so that he can refer you back to us if necessary. If you do not wish your GP to know, you can answer the relevant questions accordingly on the form that you fill in at your first attendance.
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Do not hesitate to contact us during office hours. The secretary can answer many questions and can arrange for you to come for a consultation; there is no charge for this service which is usually sufficient to decide if you can be helped. Arrangements can then be made for the examination to be carried out at that time or later, usually the following day or soon after. We can also issue incapacity certificates, which are accepted by the D.S.S. Most private medical Insurance Companies, including BUPA and PPP will reimburse our fees. Please enquire.
Finally, remember that whether you are just not feeling well or your problem is a bad back, it is more than likely that we can help you. You can only become healthier by enquiring.
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The results of the British clinical trial comparing hospital to chiropractic treatment of chronic back pain were published on 2nd June 1990 in the British Medical Journal. The conclusions were that chiropractic is substantially more effective than hospital outpatient management and patient treated by chiropractic experience prolonged benefits and have less time off work. Dr Andrew Frank, consultant rheumatologist commented: "The report indicates that the service the taxpayers are paying for seems to be second best. This is the best study to show a lasting benefit from chiropractic treatment and it is good news for people with back pain."
See the BCA website for further research information.
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New Zealand Commission of Enquiry into Chiropractic (1979)
- "Nor can there be any doubt that chiropractors must by reason of their intensive and concentrated training be regarded as specialists both in the diagnosis of spinal disorders which will respond to manual therapy and in that therapy itself."
- "They carry out spinal diagnosis and therapy at a sophisticated and refined level."
- "Chiropractors are the only health practitioners who are necessarily equipped by their education and training to carry out spinal manual therapy."
- "The responsibility for spinal manual therapy training, because of its specialised nature, should lie with the chiropractic profession."
- "We are satisfied that the safest course of manipulative or manual therapy in New Zealand is the chiropractor."
- "We find that chiropractic treatment is safe."
Australian Medicare Benefits Review Committee (Nov 1985 and June 1986)
- "The services provided by chiropractic are effective."
- "We also accept that chiropractic services are cost-effective."
W.H. Kirkaldy-Willis, M.D. F.R.I.C.S.(C) Orthopaedic Surgeon, Canada (1987)
- "Our experience over 12 years in a hospital low back clinic is that chiropractic manipulative therapy is cost-effective and of very great value in the treatment of many patients with chronic low back pain."
T.W. Meade, F.R.C.P. Director of the Medical Research Council Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit, Northwick Park Hospital: In his article published in the British Medical Journal (June 1990)
- "Chiropractic treatment was more effective than hospital outpatient management, mainly for patients with chronic or severe back pain. The benefit of chiropractic treatment became more evident throughout the follow-up period. Introducing chiropractic into NHS practice should be considered." If you wish to know more about chiropractic, click here.
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