What is Chiropractic GU1?
Chiropractic GU1 is a primary health care profession. Chiropractic specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of neuro-muscoluoskeletal conditions. These occur secondary to the mechanical dysfunction of joints and muscles. Chiropractic GU1 aims to correct spinal dysfunction to improve a multitude of spine related issues.
People often perceive Doctors of Chiropractic as “back doctors”. Although this is not entirely wrong, it is very much incomplete. At The Guildford Spine Centre our Chiropractic GU1 can diagnose and treat problems in any joint in the body. Chiropractors treat conditions including migraine headaches and neck pain to your ankles and toes. The title of ‘back doctor’ does not cover all the problems that chiropractors can manage. (see What We Treat for a wide range of examples)
Daniel David Palmer founded Chiropractic in 1895. Chiropractic is now the third largest healthcare Profession in the West after Dentistry and Medicine.
The principal that mechanical dysfunction can occur in the joints in the spine forms the basis of Chiropractic GU1. As the spine protects the nervous system and is the master controller of all living cells, tissues and organs; orchestrating and coordinating all cellular functions. Joint dysfunction is a complex of functional, structural and pathological joint changes. That will compromise neural integrity and may influence your general health. This intimate relationship between biomechanical and structural problems in the spinal column can irritate parts of the nervous system. This irritation can result from noxious inflammatory biochemicals released during tissue injury. Or may even result from direct mechanical pressure. This causes functioning of the nervous system to be negatively influenced. This impacts functioning of the cells, tissues and organs which are supplied by the affected nerve(s).
Chiropractic treatment administered by Guildford Chiropractor Alex aims to restore the joints to normal function. this is through the chiropractic adjustment or through various other techniques. An adjustment has a number of physiological effects by increasing movement, decreasing pain and stimulating the nervous system. This stimulation is called the viscerosomatic reflex. Chiropractic is a gentle, natural and effective treatment method for a number of problems. (see the conditions treated page)
The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) regulates the Chiropractic profession in the UK. It is illegal to practice in the UK without being registered with the GCC. In the UK, Chiropractors such as those at The Guildford Spine Centre undergo a minimum of four years internationally accredited training. Chiropractors cover topics such as anatomy, neurology, radiology and orthopaedics. The training is extensive and it has to be updated yearly in order to maintain registration with the GCC. Alex is also registered with the Scottish Chiropractic Association and the College of Chiropractors. He believes maintaining an up to date knowledge of the latest techniques is of utmost importance. Alex is also a registered professional of the charity BackCare promoting awareness of back pain in the population and the effects it can have on peoples’ lives.
Your First Visit and What to Expect
The consultation and examination with our Chiropractor GU1 will normally take about 30-45 minutes. The Chiropractor may offer treatment at the initial appointment, if so this will take about 15 minutes.
The consultation is the first time you will meet Chiropractor Alex and experience Chiropractic GU1. You will be asked to fill out a few forms with respect to details about yourself. This will include any previous medical problems and even those that you may not necessarily think could relate to your current problem. It is important he knows all of your health history to get to the bottom of your current issues. Completing the paperwork will not take more than a few minutes. All the details will be kept strictly confidential and we will only discuss these between yourself and the Chiropractor.
You will then be asked information about your problems and about how it came about. We will cover how long you have had it and your medical history at this point.
After the consultation the Chiropractor will examine you. For this you may be asked to wear a gown over your underwear so the chiropractor can thoroughly examine your problem area. A variety of thorough orthopaedic, neurological and chiropractic tests examining will be carried out. Tests on the joint, nerves and muscles of the body will help identify the cause of your problem.
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After our Chiropractor has examined you there are some rare cases where we may deem an x-ray or MRI scan necessary. These circumstances are rare and x-rays are only taken in specific instances. In most cases the diagnostic skills of the Chiropractor will determine the cause of the problem. Generally we do not need to carry out further tests. There are no X-ray facilities on site so for further tests including X-rays or MRI scans we will refer you to an external facility. At this point if the Chiropractor thinks another healthcare professional would be better suited to help with your needs he will discuss with you the reasons for this and recommend a relevant healthcare practitioner.
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Upon completion of the examination, the diagnosis of your problem and a plan of management to alleviate it will be explained to you. Recommendations to improve your health and achieve your health goals will be given at this point. Anything you don’t understand please ask the Chiropractor. Furthermore Alex is more than happy to go through it again with you. At this point and if appropriate, we may offer treatment to start you on your journey to better health.
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Chiropractors at the Guildford Spine Centre – Chiropractic Clinic use an array of techniques. These can include gentle and specific impulses into the joints of your body called chiropractic ‘adjustments’ or ‘manipulation’. This is a painless, safe and effective way to treat the body. Other techniques such as mobilisations including work on the muscles and tendons and ligaments of the body. The Chiropractor may give home exercises including stretching and rehabilitation exercises. Foremost we base treatment on the simple premise that we treat mechanical malfunction by mechanical correction. We design therapy to restore the normal range of movement to the joint and relax muscle spasm and relieve strain on ligaments.
This is done by gently unlocking the stiff joints with skilled manipulation by hand. Using the right amount of pressure to restore proper function and mobility. Most of the time Alex will offer treatment at the initial consultation. We believe that when you have been suffering you shouldn’t have to wait to relieve your pain. On occasion we may ask you to come back for your report of findings and treatment at a later date. This serves a few purposes:
- Reduces the length of your first visit
- Gives us time to correlate our examination findings with the case history
- Avoids overloading you with too much information
The Chiropractor will discuss a treatment plan before commencing care. Treatment is more frequent for the first few weeks. Specific frequency is dependent upon your age, the amount of time the condition has been present, your lifestyle and activities. Whilst this may seem like a lot this is a vital part of care to begin to reverse some of the adaptations your body has made as a result of pain or poor posture.
After that we want to maintain the benefits you have gained through the treatment and keep you fit and healthy well into future.
The course of treatment is like taking antibiotics. Some people respond quicker than others and we of course hope you will. A course of treatment will not only get you out of pain but also rehabilitate your spine. It is best then maintain you improvement it so these problems will not recur in the future.
We work through 3 phases:
- Pain relief
Once we identify the cause of the problem we want to get you out of pain as quickly as we can and this usually happens in the first couple of weeks through the relief phase of care. Some people will only want to be out of pain and get back to their normal activities and we are happy to help you achieve this goal. However here at Camden Chiropractic we want to keep you healthy well into the future so you do not have to go through the pain you were experiencing again. This is where the second and third phases are crucial.
- Correction & Rehabilitation
In this stage the treatment frequency usually drops and there is more emphasis on you completing some easy and gentle home exercises and stretches to try and stretch and strengthen your body to get you at your best. You can be strong in some of the large muscles in your spine but still weak in the smaller key stabilising and supportive muscles of the back furthermore a strong back is a healthy back.
- Maintenance and preventative care
Here the aim is to keep the improvement you have had with the treatment and prevent any recurrences of your problems. It is so easy with today’s lifestyle with poor posture, hectic schedules and life’s stresses and strains to leave you open to further injury. Alex recommends maintenance care to combat this, “like a regular dentist check up this should happen when you are not in pain and any problems that may be brewing are found can be corrected before they become painful and you end up back where you started.”
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Firstly a typical Chiropractic GU1 visit will require much less time than the initial appointments.
With the groundwork laid we can assess the condition of your spine, nervous system and muscles, complete a treatment and get you on your way. We understand that your time is valuable and we do everything possible to minimise the impact on your busy life.
Treatment session length can vary and if required the Chiropractor will take a longer time in certain circumstances. A standard treatment session can last for about 10-15 minutes. To increase your comfort the Chiropractor carries out treatment in your clothes.
Techniques used will be similar to those in the first session. This can include manipulation and mobilisation and soft tissue work. Alex will help you continue your care away from the clinic. Continuing rehabilitation with spine exercises and stretching at home is important.
“Just like a regular workout at the gym, each visit builds on the ones before.”
At The Guildford Spine Centre – Chiropractic GU1 we believe that treatment is very much a partnership between you and us (the Chiropractors). If you have any queries about a particular treatment technique with Chiropractic GU1 please inform Alex who can put you at ease.
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