about the treatment
What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?
Both professions treat problems associated with the muscles and joints. The main differences are in the manipulative techniques, Chiropractors tend to use more adjustments which are shallow, quick movements to free the joints. Osteopaths tend to use more stretching and less frequent adjustments. There is wide variation between practitioners within each field and so you may find one different to another. As research has lead to advances in the understanding of musculo-skeletal problems techniques have adapted to follow suit. It is my belief that eventually the boundaries between chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists will become less defined. At Back in Form we stay abreast of new research and this helps us make better decisions as clinicians.
Does the treatment hurt?
The manipulation used by Chiropractors is a quick movement that when done skillfully inhibits pain nerves. So all you feel is the stretch. It is important to be as loose and relaxed as possible when performed. We will use techniques to help you have the most comfortable treatment possible.
Are my bones out of place and do you put them back in?
Is it true chiropractors just want to keep you in care?
Do you only treat adults?
Are all chiropractors treating in the same way?
Is treatment suitable when pregnant?
Do you only treat backs?
No, we correct nerve function by treating the spine and the peripheral joints of the leg and arm. This helps restore reflexes that keep your muscles working correctly and ease pain anywhere in the body.
If chiropractic is so cool at treating joint problems why isn't it on the NHS?
I've heard manipulation of the neck is dangerous, is this true?
We will establish if you have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, from which we will tailor your treatment plan to take this into account. Relative to surgery, chiropractic is very safe and non-invasive and we would recommend an assessment before resorting to a surgical approach. With respect to stroke cases reported; It is likely that this incidence is over reported as patients may present to a chiropractor with a type of headache, which clinically indicates that they are actually having a stroke at the time of presentation, rather than as a result of any treatment. A thorough history and examination will determine if this is the case and immediate referral to A & E would then be sought if suspected.
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