Welcome to our page about chiropractic care. At C1, what we initially do when you come to see us is to find out what is really wrong with you. Now, this may seem obvious but we have seen too many patients arriving at our door having been treated by ‘somebody‘ for ‘something‘. This may even be another Bristol chiropractor. They may even have never fully explained what they believe is wrong. This is a real mistake; because if we don’t know what’s going wrong, how can we successfully treat the problem.
Once we fully understand the problem then we’ll know how to treat it, and treat it effectively.
To make sure that you also understand what we are doing we’ll write it down as a report. How many times has that happened to you? We’ll also write down what we are going to do about it. And we’ll write down how long we think this will all take. We’ll then deliver this chiropractic care as well as we can. Finally, and in my opinion, most importantly, we’ll tell you how to prevent it all reoccurring. So, expect to be given a few, really powerful, tools to help you prevent it all happening again in the future.
After your first visit, we aim to be able to answer these 3 key questions about your chiropractic care:
- Do we know what’s wrong with you?
- Do we know how to tackle this problem?
- Do we have an idea how long this is going to take?
If we can do this with whatever’s causing you pain then we can probably help.
There has been lots of stuff written about chiropractic. You may know a fair bit about it (which is good). However, if you don’t here’s what counts:
NICE Guidelines: In May 2009, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published new guidelines to improve the early management of persistent non-specific low-back pain. These guidelines recommend what care and advice the NHS should offer to people affected by low-back pain. This is regarded as being the ‘gold standard’ for the care of back pain. NICE assessed the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of all available treatments. One of their recommendation was to offer a course of “manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and massage.” Which is exactly what we offer at C1 Chiropractic Health Centre.
More recently, the updated 2016 guidelines state:
Consider manual therapy (spinal manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques such as massage) for managing low back pain with or without sciatica, but only as part of a treatment package including exercise, with or without psychological therapy.
Notably the full guideline states manipulation requires special training:
Mobilisation and soft tissue techniques are performed by a wide variety of practitioners; whereas spinal manipulation is usually performed by chiropractors or osteopaths, and by doctors or physiotherapists who have undergone additional training in spinal manipulation.
Your treatment at C1 may be provided by a range of health professionals. This may include chiropractors, as spinal manipulation is a key part of the package of care that we offer. It may also include care provided by our sports injury therapists and others.
Other major clinical studies comparing chiropractic care for spinal problems, such as acute back pain and chronic low-back pain, with other commonly used treatments have also been carried out. This is especially so in the UK and published in the UK’s leading medical journal, the British Medical Journal (BMJ). These studies have proven that chiropractic care provides excellent results and is cost-effective.
“…chiropractic has been demonstrated to be more effective for the management of lower back pain than conventional hospital outpatient care”
British Medical Journal, 2004 (Dec 11); 329 (7479): 1381
“…spinal manipulation is a cost effective addition to “best care” for back pain”
British Medical Journal, 2004 (Dec 11); 329 (7479): 1381
“[Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain.”
Goertz et al. (2013), Spine
“Manual-thrust manipulation provides greater short-term reductions in self-reported disability and pain compared with usual medical care. 94% of the manual-thrust manipulation group achieved greater than 30% reduction in pain compared with 69% of usual medical care.”
Schneider et al (2015), Spine
“Reduced odds of surgery were observed for…those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers [with back injuries] who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.”
Keeney et al (2012), Spine
“Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks.”
Hertzman-Miller et al (2002), American Journal of Public Health
So, if you are suffering from back pain of any sort then perhaps chiropractic is a wise first-port of call.
Well, the World Health Organisation seems to have a good definition:
“A health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a particular focus on subluxations.”
The WHO Guidelines on Chiropractic, 2005
and the World Federation of Chiropractic describes Chiropractic as:
“A health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the functions of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.”
World Federation of Chiropractic, 2001
and the British Chiropractic Association have it as:
“Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to mechanical dysfunction of the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, particularly those of the spine, and their effects on the nervous system.”
As your Bristol Chiropractor we specialise in this ‘detection, treatment and prevention’ of spinal joint and muscle problems. We aim to relieve your pain and improve your health. There are many factors such as an injury, repetitive strain, lack of exercise, poor diet and particularly, poor posture that lead to problems developing in the spine. We are interested in addressing these causes as important underlying factors. The improper movement of the joints in your back and the rest of your skeleton can also cause wear and tear. This may later lead to osteoarthritis and subsequent nerve irritation where your nerves are stretched, rubbed or pinched.
As, arguably, the best chiropractors in Bristol we will use chiropractic spinal manipulation to ‘adjust’ the joints of your spine. This will free them up and make them work correctly. We’ll do this using our hands or sometimes other modalities such as a chiropractic adjusting tool so that we can reduce your back pain, get you functioning well again and then keep you there.
• Chiropractic is not a replacement for painkilling drugs (or a quick fix relief). It is a natural way to stimulate your body to heal itself and this will take time as healing is a process not an event.
• Chiropractic is not dangerous. At C1 your chiropractor has trained for over 5 years to use the safest and gentlest techniques available and will adapt these to suit you.
• Chiropractic is not unconventional. It is scientific and is now a mainstream part of healthcare around the world and is now the third largest healthcare profession in the USA. Thousands of people use chiropractors every day as a part of a good health regime.
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