What We Treat

Chiropractic and osteopathy may be able to help with not only the symptoms but also the origin of the problem. Many clients also want to keep their spine and body healthy in the long term. Here are some common complaints seen at our centre. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call.

Low back pain

In the UK it is estimated that up to 4 out of every 5 adults aged 16 or over will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime (Back Pain Expert.co.uk). Some suffering for a few days and many others several years with low back pain. There may be different causes for low back pain to occur. The most common are spinal joint and nerve irritation. This can not only have an effect on your low back but also cause pain and possible symptoms of numbness, pins and needles, burning and shooting pains into you groin, buttock and legs.

Chiropractic and osteopathic care at Health and Vitality centre can not only aid in the symptoms but also get to the root of the problem for long term relief. Please call today to book in for your initial consultation.

Neck Pain related to Road Traffic Accidents

Neck pain is the most common injury to occur following a road traffic accident (McGill:1997). This is caused by the sheer force/impact that the neck, shoulders, upper back and surrounding musculature is subjected to during the impact. This can lead to a variety of symptoms in the upper body and is known as ‘whiplash associated disorder’ and can often also affect the low back. Injury can be caused even when the vehicle which causes the impact is travelling at 5mph. It is a misconception to think that if there is no damage to the car then there is no damage to me.

Treatment at the centre may be able to help to alleviate symptoms of whiplash associated disorder and help to restore function by improving flexibility, strength and therefore reducing chance of chronic pain and recurrences. If these complaints are left they may become more tense and painful over a period of time and could cause further long term health problems. Call today for more information regarding care after whiplash.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is an extremely common complaint seen in health centres. The spinal joints, muscles and ligaments are under consistent pressure daily due to our lifestyles of sitting for long periods, spending hours hunched over a computer, driving and increased stress levels. These stresses can cause restriction and tightness through the soft tissues, joints and nerves. This can cause pain not only in the neck but also can cause symptoms into the shoulders, upper back, arms and hands. If these complaints are left they may become more tight and painful over a period of time and cause more long term health problems.

Chiropractic and osteopathy may help to reduce these symptoms without the use of pain killers. If you suffer with any neck, upper back or shoulder problems please call today to book for a consultation.

Headaches & Migraines

There are three main categories of headaches; Tension type are the most common type of headache and account for 62% of headaches (Haldeman; 1992). They may be caused by tight musculature of the neck, shoulders and skull often related to stress and working posture.

Migraines may be a vascular or neurological disorder that the cause is unknown. There are many triggers that can stimulate causing an episode that can last from 4-72 hours and include nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light and noise.

Cervicogenic headaches that are related to restriction and dysfunction associated with joints and muscles in the neck that can refer pain into the head causing headache symptoms. Research has shown that chiropractic may help in the treatment of various headache categories (Souza:1997).

Working with the spinal joints and musculature of the neck and upper back chiropractic may give relief to headaches without the aid of painkillers. If you are suffering with headaches please call to book an appointment for a consultation and thorough examination so we can help to find the cause of your headaches.

Arthritic Pains In Knee and Hip

Chiropractic and osteopathic treatment is a natural and effective way to reduce pain and improve mobility if you suffer with painful and inflamed joints,helping you return to your normal daily activities.  If you’ve been struggling with the pain of arthritis call Health and Vitality centre today and find out how we can help you.

Extremities

There are a variety of causes for extremity complaints; pain may be referred from another structure or from the spine and nervous system(Haldeman:2005). There may be restrictions within the affected joint due to an injury, wear and tear or compensatory effects that may have caused the pain to occur.

If you suffer with any pain or dysfunction in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles and would like to speak to someone about it please contact our centres.

Musculo-skeletal problems associated with:

Pregnancy & Chiropractic/Osteopathic Care

Pregnancy is a wonderful miracle of life that causes many changes in the female body. Joint and ligament laxity increases due to the release of pregnancy hormones and the centre of gravity changes due to the extra ‘bump’. There is also weight gain which causes many women to suffer with symptoms such as low back, mid back and rib pain, sciatica, groin and leg pain, headaches. The imbalance through the pelvic girdle and low back may cause symphis pubis dysfunction. These conditions are often related to two main factors; The imbalance of the pelvis due to muscular and postural dysfunction.

Adding the extra stresses such as increased weight, changes in activities of daily living with compensatory movements lead to pain and dysfunction. Pregnancy hormones are released into the system to help with ligament expansion for the baby to exit the birth canal. As the ligaments become more relaxed there is less support and strength in the area and this may be a factor in pain syndromes in pregnancy.

Musculature and joint dysfunction in the pelvic area may also affect the birth process and may make labour more difficult and have an effect on giving birth to your new born. Then after giving birth there are new stresses on the body; car seats, changing nappies, feeding, reduced sleep and most importantly your body healing, the list is endless.

Treatment can help by aiding to balance the pelvis musculature and posture therefore reducing distortions, pain and the risk of minor birth trauma to your baby following the birth process.

Paediatrics

Chiropractic and osteopathic care for babies is a gentle effective treatment to amend any stresses your baby has following the birth process.

The birth process may be traumatic for your new born baby especially if the labour was difficult or if interventions were used such as forceps or vontous or a Cesarean section. We use gentle techniques to the spine, cranium and extremities that may be able to help with common paediatric syndromes.

We also offer free baby and child checks, please call today if you would like to discuss your child.

Wellness Care

Health is defined as ‘The state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity'(World Health Organisation).

We all go and have our six monthly check up at the dentist to ensure there is no signs of decay or any problems with our teeth or gums so why don’t we do the same for our spines?

If you are interested in hearing more about the benefits of wellness care please contact us today.

If you require any other information, have any queries or would like more information on free screening please contact us on 0845 1088533 or email me.