What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic means ‘to heal by hand’. Chiropractic is a globally recognised and regulated primary healthcare profession.
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles and ligaments) as well as the effects these disorders (such as neck pain, lower back pain, headaches) can have on the nervous system and the general health of a person.
The spine is a fascinating structure that protects the most vital system in the body, the Nervous System. The nervous system controls and regulates every single cell in your body and is vital in the healing process. Twenty four movable bones (vertebrae) encase your spinal cord which is your ‘communication highway’ between your brain and body. This is active 24/7. Spinal joint dysfunction can cause interference to the nervous system and this can have a negative effect on your health or performance. This is when you start to experience specific health challenges like back pain, neck pain, headaches/migraines, niggles or aches and pains.
The aim of chiropractic care is to help increase your body’s “Adaptive Range”. How does it work?
Our body’s are exceptionally resilient. On a daily basis, we tend to put them through a lot, but the amazing thing is they have the ability to adapt and compensate and keep going. The body is designed to cope with challenges so it doesn’t slow us down and will constantly work to sort the problem (healing). Unfortunately, our body’s are not infallible, so there is a threshold level they can cope with before the problems start to mount up or the compensations become more permanent. This is our “Adaptive Range”. As a newborn, we have a huge adaptive range but as we get older our adaptive range gets smaller due to an increase in the amount of things our bodies have to cope with.
Most patients start to develop a pain or problem as a result of their body having to compensate and adapt due to spinal joint dysfunction or imbalance for a period of time. The aim of Chiropractic treatment is to help you find and then treat the underlying root cause of these compensations.
Chiropractors use a range of techniques, with an emphasis on manipulation of the spine called ‘adjustments’. The adjustment moves the joint surfaces relative to each other, creating a temporary release of joint fluid and gases. This can create a ‘popping’ sound and is known as a cavitation. Ultimately the goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to facilitate normal alignment and motion in your spine and joints and remove any nerve interference, allowing your body to be restored to its natural state of healing. By doing this your ‘adaptive range’ is increased and your body becomes more resilient and able to cope with the daily physical and chemical challenges that it is subjected to.
Our patients consult us for a range of conditions which may include:
• Lower back pain including sciatica
• Neck pain
• Cervicogenic headaches (arising from the neck) and migraine prevention
• Rotator cuff injuries and soft tissue conditions of the shoulder
• Hip and knee pain
• Minor sports injuries and tensions
• Elbow pains and tennis elbow
• Ankle sprain
• Osteo-arthritic aches and pains
• Plantar fasciitis
• Muscle spasms/cramp
• Tension and an inability to relax
Chiropractic Care at Herts Family Chiropractic
The approach at Herts Family Chiropractic is a holistic one, where the whole body is taken into account, not just symptoms. A combination of therapies are used to provide patients with the best care possible. Treatments can include adjustments,sacro-occipital technique, massage, acupuncture (dry needling), and advice on exercise and nutrition. Herts Family Chiropractic also teaches exercises intended to help patients get stronger and prevent recurring symptoms.
Herts Family Chiropractic has a philosophy of getting to know patients and provide truly personal care. The goal is to work with patients to get them to where they want to be. The key focus is on identifying the underlying cause(s) of the symptom; correcting them and then empowering you with the knowledge to further improve your health and well-being.
Your health journey: Recovery happens in three stages:
Getting you back on your feet as quickly as possible. Aimed at speeding up recovery from injury by improving the alignment and function of the spine and reducing nervous system stress.
Building a stronger, healthier spine! Through regular check ups and addressing areas in your lifestyle that could be improved, the risk of relapse is limited.
Be your best! Ensuring good spinal health and optimal nervous system function by utilising chiropractic care regularly. Holistic approach of maintaining healthy brain body connection by improving movement, nutrition and thoughts.
In the crisis care phase, treatments are scheduled closer together to get a greater and quicker affect. Once you are out of pain and moving better, you will then be progressed onto the prevention phase of the plan. The ‘Prevention Phase’ builds on what has been achieved in the first phase of your treatment. The frequency of treatments is reduced and you will then be given specific exercises to help strengthen your body so that the effects of the first phase become more stable and long lasting. Lifestyle recommendations and modifications will be discussed so that you are better equipped to recognise problems earlier rather than later. There is more responsibility on you as the patient at this point, as it is up to you to do the exercises and follow through on the recommendations made. But don’t worry, a close eye will be kept on you and your progress while this phase is taking place.
The third phase is wellbeing. Everything does better and lasts longer with a bit of maintenance and that includes YOU! Most of us know that the best way to avoid problems with our teeth is to clean them daily and have regular check-ups with the dentist. That way problems are picked up and sorted before they really start. The rest of your body is no different. The best way of keeping your musculoskeletal system healthy and avoiding aches and pains is to move and exercise it regularly and have regular chiropractic check-ups. This way you will always feel and get the best out of your body.
It is entirely your choice how much they want to benefit from chiropractic care. Do you simply want relief of pain, or do you want to significantly enhance your overall level of health in terms of posture, flexibility, general comfort and energy levels?
Take a look at our patient testimonials to hear what patients think about Herts Family Chiropractic.