What do Chiropractors do?

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For the last 30 years we have been treating patients in Bath and North Wiltshire and we now have a very good track record in dealing with muscular and skeletal problems, from pain (both chronic and acute) to prevention of further injury and enhancing general performance.  I was part of the medical team that looked after the athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games and there we were not treating acute pain much (thank goodness) but helping the competitors get the best out of their performances; fractions of a second can mean the difference between a medal and no medal.  Most of us are not ever going to aspire to those heights, but it is still nice to serve a tennis ball that much more consistently, run that little bit more freely, walk up the local hill or down to the shop that much more easily or simply not stiffen up as much on a long car journey.  The biggest enemy of us all as we get older is stiffness, and there are several very simple things that can be done to combat that, and make us feel better as a result.  Chiropractors look at the whole system and can make assessments as to the effect that one area has on others.  If one joint system is not functioning as well as it might then that is going to effect many others; not only those near to it.  The knock on effect is not always obvious and as a result can be difficult to diagnose and treat.  For instance you may sit crookedly at your computer and the net result is stiffness on one side of the pelvis.  This may not be painful but inevitably you compensate for that and, because we need to keep our eyes level when we are walking, this may lead to counter-compensations and mechanical problems in the neck as a result.  A significant number of headaches are related in some respect to the neck and the headache may be the only symptom that you are experiencing as a result, but the problem is rooted in the pelvis.  That is what we look at and can unpick and then by balancing the pelvic movement the rest of the spinal system can be corrected.

This is one example of the sort of thing that we as Chiropractors do, and over the months I will be looking at other conditions and issues that we have experience in dealing with in a way that is both different and more practical than some of the other solutions on offer in a way that is hopefully easy to understand.

If you would be interested in finding out more then call us on 01225 862140.  We are very happy to have a chat with you to see if what we can offer may be appropriate for you.

Dixon Health Clinic Director