WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic care is a natural, holistic, safe and effective approach to health, without using drugs and surgery.

Your nervous system controls every cell, muscle, joint, tissue, system and process in your body. Chiropractic care is focused on removing interference to the nervous system to enable optimal function.

This 3-minute video “The Beginner’s Guide to Chiropractic Care” was designed and is narrated by Dr Heidi Haavik DC PhD, the world’s leading researcher in chiropractic and neurophysiology. Heidi explains her research findings in ways that we all can understand.

Dr Haavik’s excellent book, “The Reality Check” is available in our in-clinic library.

 

Put simply, Chiropractic is based on these 7 basic principles:

      • Your Body is under the control of the brain and nervous system. 
      • Your Brain is protected by the skull, and your spinal cord is protected by the spinal column.
      • Optimum Health depends on information flowing from the brain to the body and back to the brain through nerves.
      • Any Joint that does not move well can damage nerves and interrupt nerve flow between the brain and body.
      • Disruption of Normal Nerve Flow is referred to as Subluxation Complexes, whether or not they produce pain.
      • Doctors of Chiropractic detect and correct subluxation complexes by adjusting joints and facilitating a return of healthier nerve flow.
      • Normal Nerve Supply results in a greater expression of LIFE – for you, your family, and everyone you know!

There are 3 elements to Chiropractic, the Philosophy, the Art and the Science, outlined below.

The Philosophy of Chiropractic is to work with the natural processes of the body through the manual therapy of the chiropractic adjustment.
Adjustment, of the spine and other joints, removes interference from the nervous system. This enables messages to go from your brain to all parts of your body and back to your brain, as intended. 

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The body is designed to be self-regulating and self-healing. Removing interference promotes proper function, health and wellbeing.
This philosophy differs from the ‘medical model’ of healthcare as it focuses on maintaining optimum function in a pro-active way, rather than reacting only when symptoms manifest. Symptoms, including the first ‘niggles’, are evidence that there is an underlying problem. Chiropractors address the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms.

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The Art of Chiropractic comes from our techniques. There are always a number of options for delivering Chiropractic Care to provide maximum benefit for each individual.
This is the reason that Chiropractic Care is safe and effective for people of all ages, from newborns to people in their second century!

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All Chiropractic techniques are aimed at affecting the nervous system to promote healing and restore the body to optimum function.
The following Chiropractic techniques are offered at New Milton Chiropractic:
Diversified
Paediatric Chiropractic
Gonstead
Activator Methods (AMCT)
Extremity Adjustments (CCEP)
Advanced Bio-structural Correction (ABC)
Neuroimpulse Protocol (NIP)

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The Science of Chiropractic is based in anatomy, physiology, neurology and biomechanics. Our clinic maintains a unique library of the latest research in our ‘Top Secrets’ series. Each published research paper is explained in an easy to read format, compiled by Dr O’Dwyer. Dr O’Dwyer has a PhD in Medical Research and is himself a published scientist.
We are best known for treatment of back and neck conditions but also successfully assess and manage problems in other parts of the body including headaches and pain throughout the body.

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Chiropractic is strictly regulated as to the conditions we advertise that we can help. Only those conditions where chiropractic management has a high level of evidence or matches the results gained by usual medical treatments can be included in the list below. As such, it is restrictive. Our Doctors of Chiropractic are highly trained and experienced primary health care professionals that can assess a wide range of health conditions and offer advice and co-management to help you achieve your health and life goals.

Here are some of the many conditions which can be relieved or helped with chiropractic care:

  • Low Back Pain (acute, subacute and chronic)
  • Headaches (migraine and cervicogenic)
  • Dizziness (cervicogenic – associated with neck dysfunction)
  • Chronic Neck Pain (combined with exercise)
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Hip and Knee Pain (due to osteoarthritis)
  • Acute Whiplash - Associated Disorders
  • Shoulder Girdle Pain or Dysfunction
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis

There is a range of evidence demonstrating that chiropractic care is safe, effective and cost effective when compared with general medical practice.

Spinal adjustments are considered favourable for:

  • Sciatica (radiating leg pain)
  • Coccydynia (coccyx pain)
  • Thoracic Conditions (mid-back pain)
  • Neck Pain (of any duration)

References:
Bronfort et al. (2010) The UK Evidence Report. Chiropractic and Osteopathy; 18:3.
UK BEAM Trial Team (2004) BMJ; 329 (7479): 1377.
NICE guidelines (2009) http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg88 ))

 

Benefits of Chiropractic. There is a rapidly-growing body of research showing the benefits of Chiropractic Care and a greater understanding of the effect of the Chiropractic Adjustment.

Some of the benefits of Chiropractic Care have been identified by clinical observation and supported by research:

Reduced back and neck pain
Fewer headaches and migraines
Good results with adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
Decreased hip and knee osteoarthritic pain
Better function and less pain from whiplash-associated disorder
Less shoulder pain or dysfunction
Excellent results with tennis elbow
Reduced plantar fasciitis pain
Reduction in radiating leg pain (sciatica)
Better balance and fewer falls
Better pelvic floor control
Less inflammation
Better immune function
Better posture, breathing, digestion
Less medication
Fewer surgical procedures
Better adaptation to stress.

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Here are just some of the references:

  • Teodorczyk-Injeyan J, et al. (2006) Spinal manipulative therapy reduces inflammatory cytokines but not substance P production in normal subjects. JMPT; 29(1): 14-21.
  • Roy R, et al. (2010) Inflammatory response following a short-term course of chiropractic treatment in subjects with and without chronic low back pain. J Chiro Med; 9(3): 107-14.
  • Song X, et al. (2006) Spinal manipulation reduces pain and hyperalgesia after lumbar intervertebral foramen inflammation in the rat. JMPT; 29(1): 5-13.
  • Song X, et al. (2016) Attenuation effect of spinal manipulation on neuropathic and postoperative pain through activating endogenous anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin 10 in rat spinal cord. JMPT; 39 (1): 42-53.
  • Leboeuf-Yde C, et al. (1999) The types and frequencies of improved nonmusculoskeletal symptoms reported after chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy. JMPT; 22(9): 559-64.
  • Licciardone J, et al. (2012) Associations of cytokine concentrations with key osteopathic lesions and clinical outcomes in patients with nonspecific chronic low back pain: results from the OSTEOPATHIC Trial. J Amer Osteop Assoc; 112(9): 596-605.
  • Teodorczyk-Injeyan J, et al. (2010) Interleukin 2-regulated in vitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects. Chiro & Osteo; (18) 26.
  • Haavik H, et al. (2016) Pelvic floor functional changes with spinal manipulation in pregnant and non-pregnant women: A pilot study. JMPT. In Press.
  • Holt K, et al. (2016) Effectiveness of chiropractic care to improve sensorimotor function associated with falls risk in older people: a randomized controlled trial JMPT. Apr 2. pii: S0161-4754(16)00050-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2016.02.003. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Daligadu J, et al. (2013) Alterations in cortical and cerebellar motor processing in subclinical neck pain patients following spinal manipulation. JMPT; 36(8): 527-37.
  • Haavik H, Murphy B. (2012) The role of spinal manipulation in addressing disordered sensorimotor integration and altered motor control. J Electromyography & Kines; 22(5): 768-76.
  • Ogura T, et al. (2011) Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain. Altern Ther Health Med; 17(6): 12-7.
  • Niazi I, et al. (2015) Changes in H-reflex and V-waves following spinal manipulation. Exp Brain Res; 233(4): 1165-73.
  • Tuchin P. (1998) The effect of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy on salivary cortisol levels. Aust Chiro & Osteo; 7(2): 86-92.
  • Plaza-Manzano G, et al. (2014) Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation. J Orthop Sports and Phys Ther; 44(4): 231-9.
  • Vernon H, et al. (1986) Spinal manipulation and beta-endorphin: a controlled study of the effect of a spinal manipulation on plasma beta-endorphin levels in normal males. JMPT; 9(2): 115-23.
  • Kolberg C, et al. (2015) Peripheral oxidative stress blood markers in patients with chronic back or neck pain treated with high-velocity, low-amplitude manipulation. JMPT; 38(2): 119-29.
  • Haavik H, et al. (2016) Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the prefrontal cortex: a brain source localization study. Neur Plasticity J, Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3704964
  • Sarnat R, et al. (2007) Clinical utilization and cost outcomes from an integrative medicine independent physician association: an additional 3-year update. JMPT; 30(4): 263-9. ))

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