What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine. Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle. Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions.

What is Physiotherapy?

An appropriate and timely treatment relieves pain and facilitates the bodies own natural healing. Hands-on treatment relieves pain and restores normal movement. Techniques used include joint mobilisation/manipulation and deep tissue massage/muscle release. Correcting poor posture can be vital to fixing problems such as headaches and RSI- related problems.

Biomechanical analysis of ‘how you move ‘and correction helps to address any dysfunctions that may have contributed to your injury or on-going pain eg: walking/running pattern or golf swing. Workstation modification and correction of seating posture to promote symmetry and avoid abnormal sustained positions that cause strain. Effective physiotherapy treatment incorporates rehabilitation goal-setting to help you get back to full function as soon as possible. Our physios are well aware of the particular challenges and stresses facing city workers in trying to maintain a lifestyle balance between work, sports and home.

Our physios assess and treat a wide range of joint, muscle and nerve related problems, whether they be:

– Work related pains
– Back and neck ache
– Postural correction
– RSI Spinal Pain
– Sciatica
– Whiplash
– Pregnancy and postpartum back and neck pain,
– Sporting Injuries,
– Acute injuries,
– Soft tissue injuries, ie strained hamstrings,
– London Marathon preparation and troubleshooting,
– Triathlon tips,
– Skiing and snowboarding injury prevention and treatment,
– Rugby and football injury management and prevention,
– Muscle Imbalance Re-training, eg: gluteal strengthening for ITB Friction Syndrome (runner’s knee).

Our Physios’ previous experience working with professional sporting teams helps them work closely with the clubs in-house personal trainers to help devise tailored programmes to help you return to full function after injury and prevent recurrence. Their working relationships with professional colleagues in fields of Sports Medicine, Surgeons, Running shoe specialists and Podiatry here in house mean that if and when required, you will be directed to the best additional professional help to guide your recovery.

What to expect on your first visit?

When you meet your BCA chiropractor for the first time, she/he will start with a discussion about you, your health and your reasons for asking for chiropractic care. You will be asked for a great deal of information, not just about the pain or complaint that may have brought you to the clinic, but also about your past health history. Some of the questions may appear irrelevant, but they are extremely important to your chiropractor. To ensure that chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition, she/he will need to establish your overall health picture. If chiropractic appears not to be suitable for you, you will be referred to your GP or relevant specialist. Your details are confidential. No one else will be allowed to see your notes without your permission.

Once your case history is complete, your BCA chiropractor will examine you to confirm any early ideas about your problem. The examination will concentrate on your neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and joints), but it may also be necessary to check other things such as your heart, lungs and abdomen to rule out other causes; this thorough check-up is a normal procedure in a chiropractor’s clinic. You will normally be referred to your GP if your chiropractor feels that this is appropriate. Gowns are made available for you to wear for the examination, as well as for any following treatments. After the initial consultation and examination, your chiropractor may offer treatment almost immediately. However, it may be delayed for a day or two if she/he needs to order x-rays or obtain further information from your GP (blood test results, for example) and, where appropriate, refer you for an MRI/CT scan.

Any imaging will only be requested where clinically justified, in line with current legislation and guidelines.Before starting treatment, you BCA chiropractor will tell you, in clear, simple language, what is wrong with you, what can be done about it and what you should expect when you receive your first adjustment. You will probably be told about any exercises or changes to your lifestyle or diet that may be beneficial so that you can help yourself. A part of getting better is up to you, so please follow any instructions and advice carefully and completely.

You will also be advised of all costs that relate to your future care. It would be appropriate, at this point, for your chiropractor to tell you of any likelihood of a recurrence of your problem and the possible need for any ongoing supportive care. This is not an unusual situation for patients who have had serious injuries, as well as those who have long-term problem due to wear and tear to the joints. Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other, related areas, that are not moving properly.

Most often, this requires a short thrust to a joint that can result in an audible ‘pop’ and may bring relief of symptoms; some patients report an increased feeling of well-being. The ‘pop’ is simply the sound of bubbles of gas popping in the fluid of the joint as the pressure is released. There is, however, no instant cure and some patients may experience temporary symptoms such as pain or soreness around the areas being treated.

Rarely, some patients may experience redness of the skin due to temporary inflammation and, where the area being treated is already inflamed, symptoms may seem slightly worse to start with. Talk to your chiropractor to discuss any concerns you may have. Apart from manipulation, your chiropractor may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle. If you have questions about any of these, just speak to your chiropractor.

What is Rehabilitation and how will it benefit me?
Rehabilitation Training aims to return the client back to full health and fitness using the safest and most effective methods. We have helped many clients recover from their injuries and get back to their sport or activity.
Do I need to be referred for Rehabilitation?

A Doctor or a Physician’s clearance might be required before starting one of the following programs: Rehabilitation for the management of Lower Back Pain. Rehabilitation post injury or surgery for: Ankle, knee, Hips, Neck and Shoulder. Rehabilitation for common sport injuries such as: Plantar Fascitis and Anterior Compartment Syndrome (Shin Splints), IT Band Syndrome, Rotator Cuff Impingement, Shoulder Instability, Muscle/Ligaments strains and sprains and more.

What is Personal Training and how can I benefit from it?

Personal Training is not only for celebrities and body builders. During the last decade it has also become more and more popular amongst general public, particularly to individuals who are overweight, have a sedentary lifestyle or people looking to benefit from specialist knowledge and specific goals.

Our approachable, knowledgeable and experienced Personal Trainers aim to accurately assess your needs and wants in order to tailor specialised progressive training programmes suitable to you, they possess the skills and tools needed to improve your posture, re-establish a balanced diet, be in the most desirable physical and mental shape you like, increase your body awareness and a lot more.

Do I need to be fit before seeing a Personal Trainer?

Not at all. The whole point of having a Personal Trainer is to make it as more personal as possible, meaning that your training sessions will begin from your own level of fitness, ability and skills and will have the aim to help you progress at your own pace. The good news is that your sessions will be carried out in the private gym/rehab room based within the clinic not in the intimidating environment of a commercial gym packed with members.

Do I need to pay a gym membership to be able to use Personal Training?

No. The Clinic does not charge any membership fee; you only need to pay for your Personal Training sessions.