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How high is the incidence of back pain?
Back pain is very common. More than 60 per cent of people will suffer from debilitating back pain at some stage in their lives. Back pain can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex or occupation. Back pain is the most prevalent cause of disability in people under age 45.

What is Conservative Treatment?
The “Conservative treatment” is a common term used for describing the different types of non-surgical treatments. As almost all people who have spine-related problems do not need surgery, conservative treatment plays a major role in treatment of spinal disorders.

The Conservative treatment may include: Manipulations, Medications, Injections, and Exercise.

What is Manual treatment?
It consists of a wide range of specific manual techniques designed to improve the function of the spine, joints, relieve pain and muscle spasm and irritation to the nervous system. Read more…

Can Manual treatment help me?
Yes. Manual treatment can help everyone. Just like everyone needs regular dental treatment they also require spine-care. Read more…

Will manual treatment hurt?
Generally, a manual adjustment does not hurt – although there may be some minor short-term discomfort, which quickly passes for most patients. You will normally find that follow-up treatments are much more pleasant, as your symptoms improve and you feel more at ease with your spine-care provider.

What is the popping sound I hear after a spinal manipulation?
This sound occurs when tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide are released from the fluid that surrounds the joint surfaces. It’s not the bones rubbing together. It has no clinical benefit and is no indication of how good an adjustment was on your progress.

What Is An Adjustment?
An adjustment is the technique of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.

There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually the doctor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow and constant pressure.

Can I adjust myself?
Absolutely, not. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs! The decision of when and how to apply the forces to the spine takes years of training and expertise.

It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound, like the sound that sometimes accompanies an adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unstably.

Is it safe to adjust the neck?
Yes, about 70% of visits to a spine-care providers include neck adjustments. Recent publications suggest that manual treatment to be extremely safe, when carried out by a skilled individual.

Is rolling the head good for my neck?
No. Many people in the past have been given neck or head rolling exercises to help stretch their necks. However, the joints in your neck are really designed for single movements like turning or looking up, down, left or right – not all of these movements together. A safer exercise may be just to do each of these movements individually.

What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established recognized system of diagnosis and treatment, which lays its main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body. It is distinctive by the fact that it recognizes that much of the pain and disability, which we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease. Read more…

What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body control these important functions.

The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissue and organs throughout the body. Chiropractic doctors call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Vertebral, meaning the bones of the spine. Subluxation, meaning the less than a total dislocation, and Complex, meaning consisting of more than one part.

Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and a philosophy of natural health care based on your inborn potential to be healthy. Read more…

What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a treatment of disorders by means of natural agents – light, water, heat, electricity, hands-on, and exercise. Physiotherapy attempts to relief pain and prevents further damage and may also train different muscles to compensate for ones that have been damaged.

The most useful in treating of spine-related pain and spine disorders part of physiotherapy are manipulative physiotherapy and McKenzie method.

What are the differences between physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors?
Physiotherapists work as a profession supplementary to medicine often under the overall control of medical doctors, who may lack a specialized knowledge of the functions of the spine and bones. Their training places emphasis on the use of therapeutic modalities, electrical equipment and exercises. Their focus is symptoms rather than function.

Osteopaths obtain their cures mainly via the improvement of blood circulation, whilst chiropractors emphasize the role of the nervous system.

Chiropractors adjust specific vertebrae in a specific direction, whereas osteopaths use long leverage often some distance from the joints been manipulated.

There is no antipathy between these systems of care. Read more…

I think I have a pinched nerve?
What most people are trying to say is that they have back pain. Does a pinched nerve cause back pain? Most of the public thinks so!!! If there is pressure on a nerve we have established it blocks messages from passing through. Therefore, some messages may get through some may not. It is totally inconsistent and our role is to allow all messages to get through so you can feel what you are supposed to and more importantly to have your body function optimally.

Do I Have A Slipped Disc?
Technically, a disc can’t “slip”.

The intervertebral disc is a pad of cartilage type material situated between spinal bones. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. Outer layers of fibrous tissue contain a soft, jelly-like center. Healthy discs help allow normal turning and bending.

Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebrae above and below, a disk cannot “slip”. However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to tear, bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, as the soft center of the disc leaks, putting pressure on the adjacent nerve roots and spinal cord.

While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain pills, by choosing chiropractic care for their disc related health problem. Read more…

What is MRI scan?
The MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan is the most common test used to look at the spine. The MRI scanner uses magnetic waves instead of radiation. Imagine if you could slice through the spine layer by layer and take pictures of each slice. That is exactly what the MRI scanner allows us to do. The MRI scanner takes multiple pictures of the spine. This allows us to view not only the bones of the spine, but also the nerves and disks.

Slices can also be taken across the spine, giving a cross sectional view. The MRI scanner allows us to see the nerves and disk quite clearly. No special dyes or needles are necessary.

Should I exercise while having treatment?
Of course you will need to do a bit less when the pain is bad. It is not advisable to stay in bed unless you have to and certainly not for more than 1 or 2 days. The most important thing is to get moving again as soon as you can, as sensible movement aids your recovery. As your problem clears you may increase your activity sensibly – do not return to full activity though as you may have a relapse. When the Chiropractor feels you are capable of increasing your activities, he will give you a course of exercises, which will hopefully strengthen your back and allow you to be more in control of the problem than you have been in the past.

Walking, cycling and swimming, when done in moderation, can be useful early on in your course of treatment.