How are you different from Osteopaths and Physiotherapists?
- Predominately Osteopaths use slightly different manipulation techniques. Generally long lever slower amplitude manipulation compared to short lever faster amplitude manipulations. Chiropractors have been trained to operate radiology equipment, if the clinic possesses one. There is some evidence that Osteopaths concentrate more on your circulatory system, whereas chiropractors concentrate on the nervous system. However both systems are as important as the other and both practitioners are able to recognize problems with either system. Chiropractors and Osteopaths concentrate similarly on occupational and lifestyle advice.
- Physiotherapists are specialists in rehabilitation e.g. Stroke victims, amputees, broken or repaired limbs. They predominately use heat, ultrasound and exercise to help individuals. Private physiotherapists are qualified to diagnose conditions and may often use manipulation techniques. NHS physiotherapists receive the diagnosis from the GP.
Will it hurt?
- A properly executed manipulation is not painful. However patients should remember that joints are being moved and the body realigned. This may mean there is some residual soreness, but this is considered negligible when pain levels are reduced and mobility restored – even on the first visit!
How many treatments will I need?
- This is directly related to the length of time you have had the condition. Your general medical history and your overall levels of fitness impact on recovery. The stresses and strains you put upon your body daily, either through work or hobbies are added variables that affect improvement. Each of us are slightly anatomically different or may have hereditary or genetic disorders to consider. In summary it is not a quick fix.
How are you different from other Chiropractors?
- I firmly believe in tailoring a treatment plan for the individual taking into account your condition.
- There are no pre-payment plans, or signing up for a set amount of treatments.
- I ensure treatment is reduced as the pain subsides gently easing you back to normality.
- I empower you to take control of your lifestyle. Showing you minor or major changes you can make, that have a minimal disruption to your lifestyle. E.g.I’m a realistic person – I’m not going to ask you to go to the gym three times a week, but if that’s what you want to do then we will write a training program that takes into account your injuries specific to you.
- I firmly believe in home rehabilitation, stretches or exercises that can be incorporated into activities of daily living, so you can continue to improve outside of treatments.