At C1 Chiropractic Health Centre, what we want to do when you first 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 for ‘something’ by ‘someone’. This may even be another Bristol chiropractor. They may have never fully explained what they believe is wrong. This is a mistake; 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 (and how many times has that happened to you?) and we’ll also write down what we are going to do about it. We’ll then deliver this care as well as humanly possible. Finally, and in my opinion, most importantly, we’ll tell you how to prevent it reoccurring. We’ll also give you a few, really powerful, tools to help prevent it all happening again in the future.
We aim to be able to answer these 3 key questions:
- 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 and 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 and so 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 and one of their recommendation is 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.
Your treatment may be provided by a range of health professionals, including chiropractors as spinal manipulation is a key part of the package of care that we offer, as well as 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 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
“…patients receiving chiropractic care for lower back pain were more satisfied with their care than patients receiving hospital outpatient care”
British Medical Journal, 1995
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, in relieving pain and in improving health. Other factors such as an injury, repetitive strain, lack of exercise, poor diet and particularly poor posture can lead to problems developing in the spine and we are interested in addressing these causes as significant underlying factors. The improper movement of the joints in your back and limbs can also cause wear and tear which may later lead to osteoarthritis and subsequent nerve irritation as the nerves are stretched, rubbed or pinched.
As, arguably, the best chiropractors in Bristol will use chiropractic spinal manipulation to ‘adjust’ the joints of your spine and in some cases your limbs, where signs of restriction in movement are found to 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 thatwe 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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