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Chiropractic is a primary health care profession based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The skull protects the delicate tissue of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the spinal cord and branching nerves (nerve roots). These nerves relay messages to and from every cell, tissue and organ of the body. Many everyday activities can lead to bones of the spine loosing their normal motion or position causing nerves to become stretched, pinched or irritated ultimately resulting in ill health.
Chiropractic is the science of locating misaligned/fixated joints and by using an adjustment; a safe carefully directed and controlled quick impulse, free the joint. Restoring proper motion and position to the spine gives the body the ability to return to its optimal working condition, in turn relieving pain and muscle spasm. Chiropractic does not involve the use of any drugs or surgery.

A Chiropractic adjustment usually involves a safe carefully directed and controlled quick thrust to a “stuck” or fixated spinal joint. This helps to free the joint allowing the spine to gradually return to its optimal working condition.

Chiropractic is for the whole family. The sooner a baby is checked, the sooner any injury or stresses from the birth can be dealt with safely and gently. Dr Finnegan treats patients through pregnancy and babies as a special area of interest. Seniors want to enjoy an active retirement too and benefit frequently from chiropractic care. Treatment methods are modified for each patient’s age, size and condition.

Doctors of Chiropractic (DC’s) undergo a minimum 4 year full-time degree comprising of no less than 4,200 hours of instruction. The extensive degree curriculum, specialising in chiropractic, includes diverse subjects such as; anatomy, biomechanics, biochemistry, neurology, philosophy, psychology, physics, physiology, radiography, radiology (x-ray interpretation), along with spinal analysis and adjusting procedures. Members of the CAI are also required to complete continuing education to remain up-to-date and maintain high standards.

Your body is not like a machine, it is far more complex and amazing. If it is damaged we cannot simply replace that part. The body requires time to heal. With each adjustment the body gradually regains normal function, even once the pain has gone the spine remains fragile and can easily be upset. When you break your leg it is wrapped in a plaster cast, the pain soon goes however the plaster is kept in place for six weeks as the body repairs. Your chiropractor will do their utmost to get you as healthy as possible in the shortest time possible.

When spinal bones get “stuck” or fixated and don’t move properly they can irritate or pinch delicate nerves, interfering with communications between your brain and body.
Subluxations can arise through physical causes (slips, falls, poor lifting, poor posture, repetitive motions), emotional causes such as stress, and chemical causes (alcohol, drugs and poor diet).

Generally, a chiropractic adjustment does not hurt. Sometimes a joint that has been lock and inflamed for many years may temporarily feel sore after treatment. This soreness can be likened to the feeling one gets after the first game of the season.

Chiropractic has far fewer risks than taking aspirin, muscle relaxants or having surgery. Very rarely, manipulation of the neck has been linked to strokes, although research shows that chiropractic is one of the safest and most effective forms of treatment available. A thorough exam can help identify the rare person whom chiropractic care might be unsuitable.

Spinal discs are tough fibrous rings, containing a softer gel-like cushion, between each spinal segment. Slipped disc is a poor description; they cannot slip because they are attached to the bone above and below. The term ‘slipped disc’ often means disc damage such as a bulge or tear. Trauma is the most common cause of disc injury, however long term spinal misalignment can result in disc damage. The bulge can be at the back of the disc next to the nerves, resulting in pressure or irritation of these nerves that exit your spine. This often causes localised pain or referred pain such as Sciatica or arm pain.

Is chiropractic treatment possible after surgery?
Yes. Many patients’ who have undergone spinal surgery seek chiropractic treatment. Surgery may cause instability above or below the modified level. These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care, whilst areas not suitable for treatment will be carefully avoided. Treatment methods are modified for each patient’s age, size and condition.

What’s wrong with taking painkillers?
At the clinic we are not against taking painkillers and feel they are an important part of modern medicine. However what we should remember is that pain is our body’s way of telling us something is wrong and painkillers do not necessarily deal with the cause. Taking painkillers in some circumstances can be similar to sticking a sticker over the oil light of your car. Eventually the car will break down.

Degenerative joints are commonly the result of unequal loading or misalignments (such as poor posture or incorrect lifting). Chiropractic treatment aims to identify any possible cause and restore normal joint function removing or reducing excessive strain away from degenerative joints.

Within each spinal joint there is a lubricating fluid, when the joint is adjusted gas and fluids within the joint can shift producing a pop or “crack”, much like opening a bottle of champagne. If there is no pop it doesn’t mean the adjustment wasn’t successful, it means the gas did not move, nevertheless the joint will still have moved.

Years of prejudice and bias are giving way to research showing the benefits of chiropractic care. More and more General Practitioners are advising their patients to seek chiropractic care.

Many health insurance companies cover the cost of chiropractic care; nevertheless we advise that you check your policy first. Your health is your most valuable possession, it is helpful when insurance companies pay the bill, however don’t allow the profit motive of a huge company make the choice for you. Please note that it is our policy for people to pay for their treatment at the clinic and then claim it back from their insurers.

Both professions are similar and treat the same conditions with manual therapeutic techniques to achieve the same result. Chiropractors have been trained to take and interpret x-rays. For this reason, the use of x-rays in Chiropractic practice is more widespread.

What is the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?
The basic training to become a Physiotherapist does not include manipulation; however some attend posterior-graduate weekend courses to learn manipulation.