Chiropractic Torquay

The brain communicates with the rest of the body via the spinal cord and nervous system. If there is something wrong with this system, the signal does not reach the intended body part. Therefore, this may result in pain or illness. Interference of this kind may manifest anywhere along your spine. This is commonly known as a ‘trapped nerve.’ A trapped nerve can be caused by big traumas like car accidents or falling down the stairs as well as the small repetitive traumas of everyday life i.e. slouching in front of a computer, lifting children, gardening and exercising incorrectly. When these joints are misaligned, they can impinge on the nerves affecting how they work ultimately causing a myriad of problems and painful symptoms.

These symptoms commonly include low back pain, sciatica, neck pain and headaches. Often, these misalignments cause no obvious symptoms and remain undetected for a number of years. We offer a number of specialist treatments to help relieve pain and get to the source of the problem, so book an appointment with us today.

What Can Chiropractic Treat?

Our professional team use a range of techniques to help with a variety of health issues, with an emphasis on manipulation of the spine called ‘adjustments’. At our clinic, we provide a holistic approach, as we take your whole body into account, not just your symptoms. Treatments can include soft tissue work, adjustments, craniosacral therapy, massage and acupuncture (dry needling). Furthermore, we will provide advice on exercise, diet and nutrition. We may also teach you exercises intended to help you recover and prevent recurring symptoms. Chiropractic can treat the following problems:

The most common cause of neck pain is functional distortions in the spine. This is caused by everyday activities such as watching TV, using a computer, reading a book, falling asleep awkwardly or too much driving. This can result in vertebral misalignments. The body responds to issues within the neck by tightening muscles in the neck, ‘splinting’ the joint to protect it from further insult.

Most of the pain-sensing nerves in the neck are located in the pairs of facet joints at the back of each vertebra. These smooth, interlocking surfaces allow you to rotate your head and bend your head up and down. If these joints become locked or fixated, neck pain can result.

The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the human body. We are able to reach over our head, behind our back, and across the front of our body. This extreme motion in the shoulder can lead to shoulder injuries rather easily. The shoulder joint is very shallow and is held together mostly by ligaments. The muscles surrounding the shoulder are what actually give it most of its stability and strength. The rotator cuff is a group of small muscles that hold the humerus against the shoulder joint. Several muscles in the upper chest and upper back stabilize the shoulder even further by ensuring smooth and even motion of the shoulder.

Shoulder pain can range from a mild annoyance to inability to move the shoulder due to pain. This is because shoulder pain can actually come from many different causes. Shoulder pain following over-use is often a result of swelling and inflammation of the muscles, tendons or joint itself. Improper use of these muscles and joint can aggravate the condition further.

To minimize complications from your shoulder complaint, you should seek an evaluation if you have pain that lasts past a few days. Even though there are many causes of shoulder pain, the treatment for most conditions is similar. Your chiropractor will tell you what shoulder motions to emphasize and which ones to avoid as your injury heals.

Therapeutic treatments, such as shockwave therapy and ice can be used to remove the inflammation in the shoulder. Removing the inflammation in the joint usually results in a significant decrease in pain and increase in movement. Specific muscle stretching and at home exercises are used to correct any muscular imbalances between the upper back and chest. Most shoulder conditions do not require surgery. However, if your pain does not resolve with these conservative treatments, further investigations, such as an MRI, may be required to determine exactly how much shoulder damage is present.

Usually begins as an acute pain in the lower back and then it extends down the back of either leg. The pain usually worsens with prolonged periods of sitting and standing. Sciatica is often the result of cumulative damage; years of poor muscle tone and repetitive activities can often set the stage.

Five pairs of nerves exit the spine in the lower back to form two sciatic nerves. The disc between each spinal bone maybe involved or quite simply, one of the vertebrae at the exiting nerve root may not be functioning properly; resulting in irritation, swelling and inflammation at this location which causes pain in the leg. Fortunately, sciatica and lower back pain responds to safe, natural chiropractic care. Improving joint motion with a series of chiropractic joint adjustments has produced positive results for many.

A cause of headaches and migraines can be from spinal bones in the neck that aren’t functioning properly (caused by physical trauma, emotional stress, nutritional deficiencies or chemical toxins). This can affect the muscles that surround the neck which may then cause them to send pain signals to the head.

We can locate areas of the spine that aren’t moving properly, assess incorrect spinal curves and posture and the range of motion within the vertebral joints, all of which could attribute to your headaches.

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that occurs when the long, flat ligament along the bottom of the foot (from the heel to the toes) develops minor tears and inflammation. When you walk or run, you land on your heel and raise yourself on your toes as you shift your weight to your other foot, causing all your weight to be held up by your plantar fascia. Such repetitive force can pull the fascia from its attachment on your heel, cause damage and plantar fasciitis. The pain from plantar fasciitis is commonly a dull ache or sharp pain. Restoring proper function of the joints and soft tissue within the foot can alleviate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

This is inclusive of shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle and foot pain. There are many soft tissues involved with these individual joints including ligaments, tendons and muscles. Each of these have the ability to be compromised by improper motion or overuse. When this happens, these soft tissues all work together to create the movement and strength required for proper function, subsequently resulting in joint pain and stiffness. Normalisation of these structures alleviates symptoms experienced.

You don’t have to be a John McEnroe or Sue Barker to suffer with tennis elbow. It is actually a misnomer as it occurs in roughly only five percent of people who play tennis. The cause of tennis elbow is down to repetitive strain of the forearm extensor muscles. Practically any occupation, sporting endeavour, or household activity that has repeated use of the forearm and wrist may lead to this condition. Certain activities and occupations are more likely to cause tennis elbow, such as plumbing, painting, fishing, computer use, and playing certain musical instruments. Shockwave therapy is a very effective form of treatment for this incredibly painful condition.

Pregnancy

We have a passion for helping women through pregnancy and the postnatal period. Our specialists focus on being as reassuring and as gentle during what can be a scary and unfortunately uncomfortable time! Many women are unaware that chiropractic treatments can be beneficial during pregnancy and after birth. Sadly these women just put up with pain and discomfort; often in their lower back and pelvis. Your body will change as it adapts to your growing baby. As well as changes in posture and mechanical stressors, your spinal curves will become exaggerated. The changes occurring during pregnancy place more pressure on your pelvis and spinal joints. As your baby grows your body will be put under more and more stress.

If you decide to try chiropractic care for any pain or discomfort you are experiencing, or just to check your alignment, we will devise a care plan specific for your needs which could include safe exercises, stretches and gentle adjustments to your lower back and pelvis.

Our chiropractor, Dipty, is also certified in the Webster Technique. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic technique used to analyse and correct pelvic imbalances. It is commonly applied to pregnant women because it is a very gentle yet powerful technique. It is designed to ensure that the mother’s pelvis is well aligned and that the muscles and ligaments that surround the pelvis and womb are under normal tension.

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Postnatal Care

The transition a woman’s body goes through postnatally is often unrecognised. After giving birth and for weeks (make that months!) afterwards, her body will be undergoing a huge amount of changes as it recovers from the pregnancy and labour. Core muscles will have been stretched, the pelvic floor will be tender and the pregnancy hormones will still be floating around leaving everything a bit unstable.

Chiropractic postnatal care will aim to minimise pain and discomfort you may be experiencing and rebuild your strength with adjustments, exercises and stretches similar to those used in prenatal care. Positions during feeding or simply carrying your little one can also put new pressures on your back and shoulders which will all be taken into consideration, treated and discussed as required.

Many mothers find our warm and caring approach during their postnatal treatments a real comfort and help. Aside from the physical transitions, this period can be extremely emotional for women so receiving physical relief from discomfort in a caring and supportive environment is extremely important.

Infants and Children

Chiropractic care is suitable for children and babies of all ages. The techniques used are incredibly gentle and do not hurt – the pressure used is similar to how you touch your own eyeball. Many babies tend to immediately relax during treatment. If you are unsure if chiropractic is suitable for your baby or child, please give us a call for a chat. We can book you in for a free mini consultation to see if we can help.

Dipty, our pregnancy and paediatric focussed chiropractor, is constantly improving her skills and knowledge by attending CPD courses (Continuing Professional Development) on the subject. She has also been lucky enough to be taught by the leaders of the profession from all over the world.

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