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Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Relieve Stress as well as Pain

If stress seems to follow you around, no matter what efforts you put into place to get rid of it, you might want to begin looking at alternative therapies and methods. Chiropractic care is something that many people are surprised helps with their stress, as well as their back pain.

Reduce Stress in your Body

When stress takes hold of your body it can impact so many things. Many people experience muscle tension, headaches, migraines, joint pain, back pain – all triggered by stress and (sometimes) anxiety. Stress can make even the smallest tasks difficult, and can make everyday life difficult and a struggle for so many people.

There are many ways a chiropractor can help you combat your stress levels, here are just a few of them:

Reduce muscle tension

When we’re stressed, muscle tension is one of the biggest changes we notice in our body. Muscle tension can make life uncomfortable… It can limit movement, stop you being active and even cause pain. A chiropractor through their treatments with you, can ease the pain and help relax the body and the muscles. This lowering of tension will hopefully help ease any stress that was occurring because of it.

Restore function to the body with adjustments

You might be feeling stressed because you know your body isn’t functioning how it should. This is really common, and it’s something chiropractors see a lot. People notice their joints or body isn’t functioning how it should be (maybe it’s back pain or hip pain) and then they become stressed from worrying about the pain. When you take steps to eliminate the pain, and when you begin to feel improvements, a lot of that stress naturally disappears because you’re feeling improvements.

Counsel you about nutrition

Stress can sometimes be linked to what you’re eating and drinking, and so if you address any stress-inducing eating habits, you’ll hopefully notice those stress level lowering. Your chiropractor will be able to counsel you on what to do more of, and what to avoid.

Offer relaxation tips

A big part of tackling stress, is learning how to control it. Chiropractors may be able to offer you relaxation tips for getting your stress under control, as well as breathing tips, and even special stretches and movements to help loosen any problematic muscles or joints. Feeling more relaxed can also help you sleep better – and better sleep is one of the things proven to reduce stress levels.

Chiropractic and eye health

Chiropractic and eye health

Chiropractic care, despite being around for many many years, is often still met with scepticism from people who don’t know enough about it, or don’t understand the benefits. There are over 3,000 registered chiropractors in the UK, which shows evidence that this field of care is effective and popular amongst the British public.

But if you’re still feeling a little sceptical about chiropractic care, we thought we would address some of the common misconceptions people often have.

Misconception #1 – It’s bad for your eye health

A recent medical study found that high-velocity neck manipulation (like the kind some people may experience during their chiropractic sessions) has sometimes been associated with eye pain. A case emerged in the USA which led the American Heart Association to issue a warning statement in 2014.

In short, the rapid movements of neck manipulation has been shown to result in stress on the eye and lead to spotty vision. However, this is only in rare circumstances and because of the focus on the neck, shouldn’t be a problem if your treatments are focussed on your back, lower back or legs. The risk is rare, extremely uncommon, but it’s something you should discuss with your practitioner if you’re worried.

Misconception #2 – You have to be referred by a doctor

This is untrue. Because chiropractors work independently and are classed as ‘independent practitioners’ you don’t need to be referred by any medical facility. If you feel like a chiropractor could help any ailments you’re experiencing, you can contact them independently. Many people choose to do this if they don’t want to wait for a referral (which can often take months).

Misconception #3 – They’re not as qualified as doctors

You are right, chiropractors are not trained as doctors, and it’s important to remember this. They can’t technically diagnose you with anything, however they are trained specialists in their field, and so they know your back and spine very well. Many chiropractors will have years of training in their field, as well as many years treating the back and spine – and various different problems and conditions – they are truly experts in their field.

Misconception #4 – It’s painful

Many people who haven’t experienced chiropractic care believe that it is almost like a ‘rough’ massage, with tossing, clicking and manipulating of the body in extreme movements. This isn’t the case, and actually, adjustments to your spine and joints generally shouldn’t hurt. Chiropractors and chiropractic care can actually be a very gentle treatment, and many people find it quite relaxing.

Misconception #5 – You have to have repeat appointments

You’ll be under no obligation to have repeat appointments with your chiropractor, and many people can experience vast improvements to their discomfort or pain after just one session. You chiropractor will likely recommend a number of sessions to you, judged from the time they think will be needed.

How chiropractic care can help with leg pain

How chiropractic care can help with leg pain

If you’ve been suffering with leg pain, whether it’s rooted in muscle discomfort, joint problems or even a trapped nerve – looking for a solution is likely you biggest priority. Living with leg pain is difficult and make even the smallest tasks (such as walking to the shops) painful and uncomfortable.

For many people seeking a solution and relief from the pain quickly, they may turn to seeking help from independent practitioners, but not knowing with kind of treatment is going to be best for leg pain. If you’ve been looking into chiropractic care as a solution to leg pain, but you’re not sure if it will help – hopefully we can reassure you here.

Yes, a chiropractor may be able to help

Chiropractors don’t just deal with spinal pain, in fact they offer treatments to people suffering with lots of different kinds of pain. Leg pain is one of the most common types of pain, behind spinal or back pain that a chiropractor will help patients with.

Leg injuries can be caused by a variety of things, including:

  • Injury
  • Fracture
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Nerve damage
  • Sciatica
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Infection
  • Arthritis
  • Over use
  • Muscle strain
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Tendonitis

With the human body, often pain is linked to other parts of the body – without you even realising it. This is especially the case for leg pain linked to sciatica, over-use, muscle strain and nerve damage. For example, pain in your left leg may actually be stemming from your left hip or lower back. A chiropractor will be able to help identify and treat this over time, gradually bringing balance and harmony back to your legs and joints.

During your treatment, chiropractors will deliver a gentle, non-invasive, and non-medication therapy. Chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce your joint restrictions, or misalignments, which can result in reduced inflammation and improved function too. This isn’t restricted to the spine – this can be across many areas of the body.

If you’re unsure, just ask

Most chiropractors will offer an initial consultation where they will discuss your pain with you in-depth and in detail, and aim to identify the causes and treatment cause needed going forward. It’s during this time that they will be able to outline the length of treatment, but also the effectiveness too. If you’re still unsure about whether a chiropractor can help with your leg pain, the best thing to do is ask during this consultation.

Your chiropractor will be able to look over your legs, and your joints and assess whether or not chiropractic care is the right choice for your situation. In some cases it may not be, and they may be able to refer someone else who can help.

Things you should tell a Chiropractor before starting treatment

Things you should tell a Chiropractor before starting treatment

If you’re starting a course of treatments with a chiropractor and you haven’t had any chiropractic care before, you might have a few questions about what to expect. One of the things many people wonder is if there’s anything they need to disclose to their chiropractor before starting any treatments, and what these things are.

The answer to this is, yes. As with any physical treatment, you’ll want to let you chiropractor know as much as possible. But don’t worry – they will also ask you plenty of questions too – so that they have all the information they need.

Here are some things you’ll want to be sure you’ve brought up with them before starting treatment:

Any past (or present) injuries

You may be receiving chiropractic care because of a past or present injury, or you may just need to disclose an injury so they know to be gentle around a specific area. Whichever applies to you, if you’ve suffered any kind of sprain, fracture, break or bruising in an area that might undergo treatment – you’ll want to make sure they know about it.

Any medications you’re on

This is standard with any chiropractic care, or any kind of treatment to the body. Even though your medication may not affect your treatment, it’s still good to be transparent about any that you’re currently taking.

If you’re pregnant

If you’re pregnant (even in the early weeks) it’s highly important to tell your chiropractor. Your pregnancy may make treatments unsuitable, or they may change the approach your chiropractor takes, or the methods they use.

Any muscle tightness

If you suffer with muscle tightness, or if you have certain areas of muscle that seem to seize up (or cause you pain) this is definitely something you’ll want to let your chiropractor know about. Not only will they aim to help ease that tightness and pain, but they’ll also try to work on the areas surrounding it too – to ensure the surrounding muscles or joints don’t end up compensating.

How long you’ve been experiencing pain for

The duration of your pain can often say a lot about the kind of pain it is, or the kind of treatment (or the length of treatments) that will be needed to see results.

Physiotherapist vs Chiropractor

What’s the Difference: Physiotherapist vs Chiropractor

If you are experiencing back, muscle or joint pain, you might be considering alternative treatment for the area. The good news is, there are lots of different therapists and techniques to explore and even though initially you may assume a lot of these techniques are similar, they actually have key differences it’s important to be aware of.

Two treatments you may be considering are Physiotherapy and Chiropractic. These two treatments are extremely beneficial for back, muscle and joint pain – and great results can be seen over time with an effective therapist.  But what are the differences between a Physiotherapist vs Chiropractor?

The three main differences between Chiropractors and Physical Therapists are the techniques used, treatment philosophy

Difference 1: The techniques of the treatment

One of the main differences you’ll find between Chiropractors and Physiotherapy is the range of movement and the techniques used for addressing issues and pain. Generally, Chiropractors will use their hands to manipulate and adjust the alignment of your spine. A chiropractor’s key principle is that the right alignment of the spine is the key to relieving stress, tension or pain the patient may be feeling – so their attention will focus on this area, and they will tend to use their manipulation techniques in this area. For some adjustments, the focus areas will be small, so you may not need to move very much during the appointment at all.

During a physiotherapy appointment, you may experience a wider range of manipulation techniques. For example, a physiotherapist may use massage techniques, electrical therapies and even exercises and stretches to help ease pain, restore movement.

Difference 2: Treatment focus

Both treatments can help ease pain, soreness or stiffness in the bones, joints and muscles. They can also help improve the mobility of certain areas of the body. However, the wider focus of both treatments does differ slightly. A Chiropractor will mainly focus on your musculoskeletal system and nervous system, and any effect, issues or problems caused by these things. Whilst Chiropractors treat lots of areas and problems, their main care helps to relieve issues such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other pain in joints, arms, and legs. These are usually areas of localised pain, which can be assisted and helped using the methodologies of chiropractic techniques.

Physical therapists, however, tend to focus more on evaluating, diagnosing and providing treatment to restore the body’s strength, range of motion and balance. A physical therapist may be dealing with patients who are in recovery, patients who need to build strength slowly and steadily, or patients who are seeing problems due to ageing, injury, disease or environmental factors. Physiotherapists do treat back and neck pain as chiropractors do, but they’re also likely to see a range of other issues too, such as arthritis, sports injuries, swelling, repetitive strain injury, and cartilage, ligament and tendon damage.

Physical therapists are also involved in promoting health, wellness, and fitness through risk factor identification and preventative care. Although they use different techniques, both Chiropractors and physical therapists use their expertise to help rehabilitate and relieve pain in their patients.

What to expect when you visit a Chiropractor

What to expect when you visit a Chiropractor

If you’ve never had an appointment with a Chiropractor and you’re thinking of booking one, you might be curious (or even a little nervous) as to what to expect. It helps to be as at ease as possible before receiving any kind of physical treatment, so the more relaxed about your appointment you are, the better for you. Knowing what to expect when you arrive, and during the course of the consultation is helpful, reassuring and takes away any of the nerves you might have.

Before you arrive

Before you arrive at your consultation, it’s important you feel comfortable with your consultant, and you should feel free to ask any questions you have. This obviously applies to during the appointment too, but most patients tend to have lots of burning questions before the appointment too – so don’t be afraid to ask!

During your first consultation

Your first consultation might be over the phone, or it might be in-person. The aim of your initial consultation is for your chiropractor to gather as much information as possible about the issue or pain you’re experiencing, so they can tailor the treatments and techniques specifically to you. Don’t consider any detail to small or insignificant – make sure you tell your chiropractor everything you think might be helpful. The better they understand the issue, the better they can treat you.

You might also be asked to fill in your medical history or fill in a form with lots of questions on it. This is totally normal, and the kind of questions to expect are:

  • When did the pain begin?
  • Do you remember if anything caused the pain?
  • Where is the pain located?
  • Describe the pain in detail. When does it occur? Is it sharp or dull?
  • Does the pain come and go, or is it continual?
  • Is the pain worse at certain times of day?
  • What activities/circumstances makes it better or worse?

If your first consultation is in-person, you might begin your treatment immediately afterwards and go straight into a session, or you might need to rebook for a following date. This differs from practitioner to practitioner.

During your first appointment

Usually, your first appointment with your Chiropractor will be a session to determine what the issue is, and how it can be resolved. This means you’ll most likely be given a  thorough chiropractic exam, including tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexe. You might also be checked for range of motion (especially if your pain is related to this). Some chiropractors will also do posture analysis, or give you x-rays (if they deem it necessary) during this first appointment. The point of this is to give the chiropractor a clear and broad impression of the problem so that they can treat it effectively and efficiently.

Once your initial visit has finished, your chiropractor will explain their findings, usually including:

  • Diagnosed condition
  • Your personal chiropractic treatment plan
  • Anticipated length of chiropractic care

This will give you an idea of the care that will follow, including the timescale and the cost too. It’s a good idea to ask for this in written form, so you can take it away with you and study it closer, do additional research.

Osteopath vs Chiropractor

What’s the Difference: Osteopath vs Chiropractor

If you’re looking into getting care and help with any back, muscle or joint pain, you may be wondering what kind of practitioner it is best to visit. Both the Osteopath and Chiropractor both believe that back and spine health is important to overall well being and the integrity of the body, but there are some fundamental differences you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing who to invest your time with.

We’ll go over these differences here, so you can understand how the two disciplines vary, and so you can make an educated decision.

First let’s look at how each discipline is defined.

What is a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor focuses mainly on the spine and musculoskeletal system. A chiropractor believes the structure of the spine, and how your spine functions, has a large effect on the rest of your body –  including your musculoskeletal and neurological system.

Chiropractors treat their patients (who are usually experiencing pain issues, joint problems or muscle pain) by manipulating the spine and making spinal and alignment adjustments. This is done using their hands and body weight, not by using surgery.

What is an Osteopath?

An Osteopathwill help you detect, treat and prevent health issues by using a variety of techniques, including moving, stretching and massaging the patient’s body. Osteopathy is based on the belief that the health and wellbeing of a body is very dependent on their bones, joints, muscles and ligaments – and they will aim to make this work together in harmony.

Osteopaths can help with increasing the mobility of joints (especially in cases where this is limited or painful), relieving muscle tension and helping increase blood flow to problem areas.

What are the main similarities between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor?

A large amount of techniques do overlap between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor, and the two disciplines are often closely linked. Whilst it’s key to know the differences and which is applicable for different pain, or different problems – it’s also important to know that these two practices are very similar in their end goal and their general approach.

With both, the primary goal is to relieve pain in the body. Whether that be joint pain, muscle pain or general aching. They also both have secondary goals too – and have been known to help with addressing issues such as blood circulation, headaches, digestion, and even fertility. The areas of the body each practitioner investigates, and the positive side-effects felt afterwards tend to vary from patient to patient.

What are the main differences between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor?

When you’re investing time and money in receiving treatment or therapy from an Osteopath or Chiropractor, you want to be sure you’ve chosen the right pathway to health. We’ve listed out the main difference below so you can ensure you’ve chosen the right kind of therapist.

Difference 1

In terms of their focus areas, Chiropractors will spend a lot of time and a lot focus looking at the alignment of your spine. This is where they specialise and the core principle of chiropractic therapy is that healing can often be found through proper alignment. Focussing on this area will mean they pay a lot of attention to your back and posture, and will work with you to prevent any issues such as pinched nerves, trapped nerves, or anything else that could be compromising your general health. For Osteopaths, they may take a wider view of your body, and focus their attention on other areas, if that’s what they deem necessary. They will often look at the structure of your body as a whole, rather than focussed in on your spine.

Difference 2

Generally, Osteopaths will see patients for a wider spectrum of pain issues or disorders. As we mentioned earlier, both practices have plenty of secondary health goals, but Osteopaths tend to come into contact with these more. Fertility treatments are quite common with Osteopaths, but less so for Chiropractors for example. Most Chiropractors will find they’re focussed mainly on back, muscle and joint pain.

Difference 3

The tools both techniques use differ slightly too. When you attend a Chiropractor appointment, don’t be surprised if you’re asked to take an x-ray or an MRI scan. Some Chiropractors will even have x-ray machine in their office. X-rays are less common with Osteopaths, as Osteopathy will rely more on the therapists own physical examination.

Difference 4

Chiropractors will use the majority of the time to focus on the adjustments needed in your spine and alignment. However, you’ll find that during an Osteopath appointment, they may use a wider variety of techniques to manipulate and examine your body. For example, they may focus more on muscle and soft tissue work.

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Benefits of Using a Standing Desk

One of the biggest causes of back pain and back issues is bad posture – and for many people they fall victim to bad posture during working hours when they’re either slumped into a bad chair, or slouched over a laptop or computer.

We don’t realise the effect this can have on our backs, but when you’re spending 8 hours (or more) a day hunched over a desk, it can certainly have detrimental side-effects.

One of the ways you can begin to improve your posture, is by investing in a standing desk. Standing desks have been around for many decades (especially popular with designers and illustrators) but it hasn’t been until recent years that standing desks have become more mainstream in regular offices.

In countries such as Denmark, companies are actually required to provide employees with desks that convert from sitting to standing, so that employees have the option to choose which position they’d rather work in day by day. Whilst this is certainly the ideal situation, it’s not possible for everyone – and in the UK there aren’t any requirements around desk and chair quality.

So what are the benefits of a standing desk? Keep reading to find out…

Decreased back and neck pain

Over time, using a standing desk can help ease back and neck pain. There have been many studies to support this, including the study called “Take-a-Stand Project” in 2011. This particular study found that participants of the study who spend approximately an hour of their day standing up, experienced a 54% reduction in upper back and neck pain. That’s quite a considerable amount, and the study showed dramatic results. Having the option to stand for part of your day could have the same effect on you.

Lower risk of heart disease

You wouldn’t think a simple change from a sitting desk to a standing desk could affect your heart, but it does and studies have proved it. This link has actually been researched many time, and one of the most famous studies took place In 1953 where a selection of bus conductors were studied. Of those that took part, the ones who stood all day had half the risk of heart disease-related deaths than those who were seated. Similar studies have been repeated since, all with similar findings. Generally a sedentary lifestyle is considered closely linked with cardiovascular mortality.

Standing desks burn more calories

If you’re looking to improve health and well-being across lots of areas of your life, a standing desk might be able to help you. For people who are overweight or obese, a standing desk can help burn additional calories, which can go onto contribute to weight loss. For people at an ideal weight, it can help maintain your weight and avoid obesity or weight problems. By standing at your desk instead of sitting, it’s approximated that you’ll burn an additional 50 calories per hour, which all adds up over time.

How to avoid being scammed by a Chiropractor

How to avoid being scammed by a Chiropractor

Investing in your health is always a good idea, except for those time when it’s not…

For many people, when the time comes that need to see a chiropractor, they spend days researching the right practitioner and the right clinic. You might spend hours conducting online research, you may have initial phone consultations before paying for an appointment, and you might even scout out online reviews from their previous clients and patients.

But what if you do all this, and you still feel like you’re being scammed?

It’s a horrible thought, to think that your chiropractor might be scamming you and taking advantage of your pain or poor health – but it does happen and for many people it’s a reality.

What are the signs my chiropractor is scamming me?

Luckily, there are some ways you can spot if your chiropractor is scamming you, and our overarching advice here would be: If it doesn’t feel right, don’t continue paying money for treatments.

They use too many scare tactics

In a chiropractic clinic, you’re generally there for a specific purpose, or a specific type of pain. This can be scary and it can feel daunting and worrying – but your chiropractor should try and put you at ease at all times, and you should feel encouraged by progress. If you feel dread every time your chiropractor opens their mouth – because you’re worried about what warning or prediction they’re going to give – they might be trying to scare you into extra appointments and consultations.

Your treatment course seems never ending

Most chiropractors will want to work with you intensively over a few weeks to resolve or improve an issue, and in some extreme cases (such as vehicle accidents for example) the treatment course might take longer (maybe several months). If your chiropractor is recommending months and months (even years) of appointments, with no end in sight – it may be worth reassessing and choosing someone else who can deliver results in a more timely manner.

They offer a ‘miracle cure’

The interesting thing about chiropractic work is that the body can be an unpredictable and confusing thing. Most honest and reliable chiropractors will be open about this with you, and will explore potential avenues for your treatment to go down, before identifying the most effective route. A chiropractor who claims to have a one-size-fits-all miracle cure, is likely lying.  

There is too much sales-talk

If you feel like you’re constantly being sold to, and being offered discounts, deals and referral codes, then you may start to feel as though you’re being scammed. With anything health related, you want to be getting the best treatment – not necessarily the quickest or the cheapest.

Here at Canary Wharf Chiropractic, we will never scam you and have a number of quality standards that we upload on each and every visit.

We look forward to seeing you. Book a consultation here.

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How a Chiropractor can Help

Chiropractors are known for providing alternative treatment for back pain and other ailments – but how exactly do they help the symptoms? Chiropractors use their hands to treat aches and pains in the bones, joints and muscles, using a range of techniques including spinal manipulation. Chiropractic is a manual therapy and is an approved treatment of back pain, neck pain and more.

Take a look at some of these common complaints and how seeing a chiropractor can help reduce the pain. Read more