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About: Chiropractic is an independent branch of medicine which, specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the joints, particularly those of the spine and their effects on the nervous system. A chiropractor carries out treatment by specific manipulation. X-rays may be used to aid diagnosis. Chiropractic is a non-invasive form of health care. Drugs and surgery are not used.

WHAT DO CHIROPRACTORS TREAT?

Chiropractors are mainly involved in the treatment of common musculo-skeletal complaints. These problems include the most common types of aches and pains such as backache, neck pain and headache. About half of all patients who consult a chiropractor do so because of back pain.

WHAT OTHER COMMON PROBLEMS CAN A CHIROPRACTOR HELP?

As well as treating back and neck pains, a chiropractor will treat pain originating from the spine but felt in other parts of the body. This includes pain in the legs such as sciatica, and shoulder and arm pains. Many headaches are caused by muscle contraction in the neck brought about by a neck disorder. Muscle tension in the neck is increased and pain is referred from the neck area to the head giving the typical tension headache.

In many cases even the headache associated with migraine can be traced to a disturbance of the spine affecting part of the nervous system. Occasionally chiropractic treatment can also relieve a whole range of other complaints including asthma, catarrh and sinus problems, digestive disorders, infant colic, constipation and menstrual pains.

WHAT COMPLAINTS ARE MOST FREQUENTLY HELPED BY CHIROPRACTIC?

Low back pain (lumbago), disc lesions, sciatica and other leg pains, hip and knee problems, headaches, neck pain, shoulder and arm pain, pins and needles or numbness sensations. Muscular aches and joint pains, for instance in the elbows, feet and ankles, can also be treated.

HOW DO I KNOW IF A CHIROPRACTOR IS PROPERLY QUALIFIED?

Since 1925 the British Chiropractors' Association has maintained a register of members, all of whom have graduated from recognised chiropractic colleges. These members must subscribe to the code of ethics and rules and byelaws laid down by the association to regulate relationships between a chiropractor and his patients.

In 1984 the Association became a company limited by guarantee and its name was changed to 'The British Chiropractic Association' (BCA).

Members of the public are recommended to consult chiropractors who have been approved by The British Chiropractic Association as only then can training and code of conduct, be relied upon.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I VISIT A CHIROPRACTOR?

During the first consultation a full case history is taken. When necessary a gown will be offered to wear for the duration of the visit. He will examine carefully the area, which is giving you trouble and any other areas that are relevant. If it is clinically justified an X-ray may be taken or requested, in order to assist a successful and thorough diagnosis. The purpose of the first visit will be to see if there is a good chance of helping you.

DOES THIS MEAN THAT TREATMENT WILL START ON THE FIRST VISIT?

Not necessarily. If you are X-rayed on your first visit the chiropractor will often prefer to wait until he has studied your X-rays before he starts treatment. In this case, on your second visit the chiropractor will explain his findings before starting treatment and, if he is not able to help you, he will tell you so. At this point, if necessary, the chiropractor will refer you to a general practitioner. Treatment will vary according to the problem but usually involves specific manipulation (called adjustment) of the spine.

HOW MANY VISITS WILL I NEED?

The number of treatments varies considerably. The results of a survey show that the average patient suffering from back pain attends a chiropractor for six sessions. However, the number of required treatments for your particular condition will depend upon its severity and your response to treatment. In general terms, more treatment is required for long-standing (chronic) cases, and less for cases of short duration.

WHAT SORT OF RESPONSE WILL I HAVE TO TREATMENT?

The response to chiropractic treatment varies from patient to patient. Some feel immediate improvement, whereas others may take a few sessions to feel benefit. Improvement initially is temporary, but becomes longer lasting with subsequent treatment. Sometimes it may be felt better immediately after treatment, more frequently not until the next day, and often not for several days or longer. It is not unusual to have a reaction, especially following the first treatment, usually later that day or the next day, sometimes later. This may be soreness, stiffness or aching and sometimes even increased pain.

Some patients feel energetic following an adjustment and others may feel extreme relaxation or tiredness due to the sudden release of muscular tension. Patients seldom get better at a constant rate, so it is not unusual for a patient who has been getting better to suffer a temporary relapse before improvement continues again.

Some patients who improve slowly to begin with suddenly reach a stage where they improve rapidly. Others who improve quickly to begin with may take longer to recover fully. Following a course of treatment some patients require an occasional check-up to make sure they maintain their improvement. If the trouble should recur it can often be cleared up in relatively few treatments if not left too long before the chiropractor is consulted again.

Some patients who do not benefit are those who expect immediate improvement and, failing to respond at once, discontinue treatment. Following your chiropractor's advice always helps the chances of improvement.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CHIROPRACTIC AND OSTEOPATHY?

In most other countries chiropractors are better known than osteopaths, their forms of treatment have similarities but there are important differences. Chiropractors make use of direct adjustment of a specific vertebra in a given direction, whereas osteopaths often use more massage or soft tissue techniques during the treatment of patients. Chiropractors use X-rays about five times more frequently than osteopaths and also make fuller use of other diagnostic tests. Differences in theory are mostly historical. The early osteopaths believed that the effect of their treatment was on the blood circulation whereas chiropractors emphasised, and still do, the role of the nervous system. It is probably true to say that the practical differences have become fewer over the years, and both professions suffer from misconceptions about the other's work as there has been inadequate contact between the two.

WHAT ABOUT MY GENERAL PRACTITIONER?

Most patients consult a chiropractor directly, usually after personal recommendation. However, general practitioners are allowed by the General Medical Council to refer patients to chiropractors, provided that they maintain responsibility for the patient and are sure that the chiropractor is a proper person to deal with the patient's condition.

In recent years general practitioners have increasingly been referring patients for chiropractic treatment. Even so, many GPs are not aware of the GMC guidelines and others remain poorly informed about chiropractic.

Difficulties in the past may have been caused because chiropractic has developed outside the medical profession, but nowadays chiropractors see themselves as an essential complement to existing medical services. There is no doubt that a close working relationship between chiropractors and medical practitioners is in the best interest of the patient.
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Mangotsfield Clinic
Cleve RFC
The Hayfields, Cossham Street,
Mangotsfield, Bristol BS16 9EN


Fishponds Clinic
Old School Surgery, Manor Road
Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2JD


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Location: Bristol, South West England, United Kingdom - England
Business Type: Chiropractic clinic and pain relief
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