What is chiropractic?
Chiropractors diagnose, treat and prevent disorders of joints and muscles, including the spine, and the affects these may have on the nervous system.
Chiropractic is often thought of as the treatment for ‘bad backs’ but it is also concerned with the health and function of the whole body.
Problems can start when certain events of repeated activities cause joints to lose their normal alignment and function.
Interruption or malfunction in areas of your nervous system can lead to pain and ill health.
What to Chiropractors do?
Following an in depth case history, the chiropractor will perform a thorough physical assessment and aim to get to the root cause of the presentation.
If treatment is indicated, and with the permission of the patient, the chiropractor will use a variety of techniques to treat the patient.
The treatments are safe and effective. They might include low force joint manipulation, soft tissue work, active or passive release, cranial work, dry needling, flexion-distraction, activator, mobilisation, exercises and pelvic blocks.
The patient is in charge and can chose which types of treatment they have a preference for or against.
What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?
Classically the difference is that chiropractic theory is based on the nervous system and osteopathy is based on the circulatory system. These are however interdependent. Chiropractors are trained to take x-rays but both can read them.
There is often as much difference within each profession as there is between. For patients it is a case of finding a practitioner who suits your needs and works for you.
I, as a chiropractor, am delighted to be working along side osteopaths as we are all working towards the same goal – the well being of the patient, and just have some differences in our approach to getting there.
What conditions can chiropractors treat?
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Hip, knee and/or foot problems
- Shoulder, elbow, wrist and/or hand problems
- Pregnancy discomfort or for help towards an easy birth!
- Babies with cranial, spinal or functional issues – or general baby health
- Sports injuries… and more….
Many people like to have a general check up and maintenance to make sure their body is functioning as well as possible.
Sometimes it is necessary to be referred for imaging or to another profession such as a medical doctor or dentist for further investigation, opinion or co-management.
How often do I need to see the chiropractor?
Each case is individual and can depend on many factors. Generally patients should feel significant improvement within 6 treatments. Initially it is better to have treatments at shorter intervals to get maximum effect.
How much does it cost?
1 hours initial consultation with examination and treatment £55
30 minute treatments £38
10 minute chat – free
BSc hons in 1998,
McTimmoney-Corley chiropractic college until 2000
Accelerated MSc (5 yrs in 3) in Chiropractic (Uni of Surrey). graduating 2003.
Published: Study on the effects of extremity manipulation on brain function.
Worked in 3 clinics in London, 1 in Bermuda (5 years) and 2 briefly in Kent (whilst getting settled) before starting at StoneRock.
She enjoys continuing her studies and leaning whenever possible.
She is married with 2 children and moved to the local area last summer (2016)