Why would I need a chiropractor?

Chiropractic treatment focuses on disorders relating to the neuromusculoskeletal system. This usually involves problems surrounding the joints in the arms and legs, pain in both the back and neck and some headache related disorders. However, problems may also occur in the muscles and nervous system of the body with symptoms including sciatica - a nerve related disorder which affects the hip or thigh, legs, chest and stomach pain. In some cases, patients report feeling discomfort in areas away from the initial site of the problem as part of a disorder commonly known as referred pains. This often occurs in the feet, knees, elbows, shoulders and hips.

Acute and chronic back pain can be treated as can muscle spasms, strains and some postural related conditions.

Tissue injury is also one of the primary disorders which chiropractic therapy is used for. This often occurs during periods of repetitive stress, the incorrect lifting of a heavy object and through generally poor spinal posture over a long period of time. These activities lead to both chemical and physical changes in the spine that cause pain, inflammation and a reduction in the functionality of the spine.

Sprained ankles, tendinitis otherwise known as tennis elbow and bursitis or shoulder pain can also be treated using the therapy.

Professional athletes also promote the use of chiropractic therapy before a major sporting event. It is said to act almost as a legal performance enhancer, essentially allowing competitors to tune up and allow their body to reach its maximum physical peak.

If a patient is diagnosed with a condition like osteoporosis, spinal stenosis or prolapsed intervertebral discs, chiropractic treatment will not suitable with pain and discomfort levels unlikely to change. Severe osteoporosis and malignant spinal disease can also rule you out of the treatment. In addition to this, blood disorders like leukaemia and the use of warfarin or additional anti coagulant treatments can lead to a patient being deemed unsuitable for chiropractic care.

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