A few months back I published an article called What are you putting up with? It was actually after writing this that I realised that I’d been putting up with something else for a while – neck pain.
I initially ‘injured’ myself a couple of years ago. Embarrassingly, I’m not actually sure what I did, but I woke one morning feeling pretty sore and unable to turn my head fully. I already have a monthly sports massage and these helped to loosen my neck and shoulder up and relive the pain. Yoga also helped to loosen things a little. Ultimately it was reduced to a background annoyance, but it lingered, nevertheless.
Roll the clock forward to Novembe and I asked myself why I had been putting up with this. It was obviously well beyond the point when it was going to magically right itself. And If I didn’t take action now, it could actually worsen as I get older.
What’s more, I knew a chiropractor Bridget Bath from Greenacres Chiropractic and she’s someone I’ve grown to like and trust. It felt like a no-brainer to ask her to take a look at me.
At our initial session, Bridget asked a number of questions to understand my symptoms better – the level of pain, where I felt it, any triggers or stressors etc. She also did some physical checks to calibrate my movement, mobility, flexibility, strength etc.
During the assessment, Bridget explained that there could be some risks associated with chiropractic intervention. She explained some possible consequences and the probabilities of them occurring. I accepted the risks outlined and signed a disclaimer form. She also gave me an information leaflet to take away and digest, detailing aftercare and any required actions.
Once she’d completed the thorough analysis, she explained what she was actually planning to do. This involved a combination of sitting and lying on the couch and having a combination of assisted stretches, some pressure points and a few joint cracks!
I must admit that I was a little apprehensive about the joint cracks. Fortunately, the noise is worse than any discomfort I’ve experienced from them. The release afterwards is amazing – I can turn my head equally well in both directions, with no resistance or pain.
Since the initial consultation, I’ve visited Bridget several more times with a few weeks between each intervention. Bridget starts by calibrating where I am via questions and physical checks, before launching into the treatment. Each time is equally rewarding.
Overall my neck is so much better than when we started. It makes me question why I put up with this for so long.
What do Chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors treat your symptoms of aches, pains and stiffness in your joints and muscles.
Predominantly they treat the joints of the spine (neck and back) but we do also treat the smaller joints of the arms/ hands and legs / feet.
The body is a series of chains from the tip of your toes all the way to the top of your head and if one link isn’t working properly it can have a knock-on effect on other areas.
Why do so many Americans’ use chiropractors? Well due mainly to their health system not being as inclusive as ours in the UK, they tend to be more proactive as a nation in preventative measures. They work under a slightly different licence. In the USA Chiropractic, is used to keep the population in tip top condition not to just treat symptoms. In the realms of sport, chiropractic can help to maintain an athlete’s prime movement and hence performance.
How do I find a suitable chiropractor?
In the UK, Chiropractors MUST be registered with the Governing body, The General Chiropractic Council. If not, they are not allowed by law to carry the title Chiropractor.
Furthermore, the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is one of the leading associations that provide insurance, education and support for the profession and heavily promote the best practice of working in an evidence-based way. This means that treatment received from a BCA chiropractor will have scientific evidence behind what they do.
Why do so many Americans’ use chiropractors? Well due mainly to their health system not being as inclusive as ours, they tend to be more proactive as a nation in preventative measures. They work under a slightly different ‘license’. In the USA Chiropractic is used to keep the population in tip top condition not to just treat symptoms. In the realms of sport, chiropractic can help to maintain an athlete’s prime movement and hence performance.
After my November blog of What are you putting up with?, I decided to address the neck pain that I’d been tolerating for several years. After just a few sessions with a chiropractor, I feel much less pain and experience much greater movement in my neck and my upper back.
After a thorough assessment, the treatment is surprisingly quick and painless, with immediate pain release and enhanced mobility.
I’ve learned my lesson, I’ll get any niggles addressed promptly in future. I know that a bit of short-term investment will surely benefit me greatly in the long-term.
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