Back Care Questions – Chiropractic and Osteopathic
How many treatments do I need?
Healing is a process not an event. So most people find they require a course of treatment not just a couple of visits. And as everyone heals at different rates we have found that the initial stage of treatment requires 2 to 4 weeks of quite regular treatments. As your condition improves visits become less frequent. In the Long term, we want you to maintain the improvements in movement and posture you have achieved so we recommend monthly ‘tune-ups’ to maintain you progress.
You only get one body, so please look after it.
I’m out of pain, why do I need to continue coming?
Pain is often the last symptom to show up when you have a problem and usually the first symptom to go. Remember pain is just one of a number of symptoms your body experiences when it’s not working right. Not all signs and symptoms improve at the same rate. Even though you may be ‘feeling better’ relatively quickly your body may not have the time necessary to change old habits and patterns. Remember we are working on the root cause of your condition not just the pain. We don’t want the problem to return.
What about the cost?
There are a variety of payment options to make care plan more affordable. Ask at reception for more information.
What if you can’t help?
We take your health and well-being very seriously. If we don’t think we can help you, we will let you know and refer you back to your GP with a letter and our recommendations for ongoing care.
Are X-rays necessary?
X-rays are a very useful tool in order to get the full picture of the condition and alignment of your spine. This extra information helps us to tailor the treatment and advice for your specific problem. However, if during the exam and consultation, no indicators are discovered x-rays are often not needed.
What is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage involves manipulation and rehabilitation of the bodies soft tissues. This including muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is ideal for those looking to guard against or recover from a soft tissue injury. Sports massage can be used as part of a training regime to lesson the effects of fatigue.
Does it actually work?
Yes, but It depends on many factors: the type, frequency and quality of the massage, if you have a specific problem and what you hope to gain from the treatment. Will a massage knock three minutes off your 10K PB next Sunday? Probably not. But neither will a single set of 800m reps.
Could it all be in the mind?
Sceptics argue that the benefits are more psychological than physical, and a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that having a massage in between fights led boxers to feel they’d recovered more, while physiological testing in the second bout didn’t support this.
How can it help my running?
“Sports massage can improve flexibility of tight muscles and correct imbalances,” explains Western.
“Some techniques improve circulation, enabling muscles to use oxygen and nutrients more effectively, which can boost performance. Techniques to promote venous return [the rate of blood flow back to the heart] and lymphatic drainage can help you recover by relieving congestion in the muscles and removing waste products.”
Pavey cites another benefit: “Massage can identify areas of tightness you weren’t aware of, nipping potential problems in the bud and preventing injury.” Which, all in all, isn’t too bad for a 30-minute lie down.
Is massage more useful at particular times?
“Muscular tightness can cause discomfort and injury if untreated,” says Western. But there’s little evidence pre-event massage boosts performance, says Iain Fletcher, senior lecturer in sports biomechanics at the University of Bedfordshire.
“Massage stretches muscles and fasciae, decreasing stiffness, and so making movements slower. Post-exercise, I can see a benefit, though,” he says. The best type of massage is also a matter of timing.
“The depth should vary according to your training,” says Pavey. “I find light massage helpful straight after a hard session, then stronger the next day.”
So I’m going to feel less sore afterwards?
Yes you will, expert opinion now holds that muscle soreness isn’t caused by lactic buildup, but by microscopic damage to muscle fibres. But according to Lacey, massage still has the power to soothe by promoting healing through breaking down fibrous tissue and adhesions.
An Ohio State University review of 27 studies backs this, finding evidence that massage therapy can alleviate symptoms of the dreaded delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
“You may find massage best a couple of days after a hard workout or race to allow initial soreness and stiffness to subside,” says Pavey. By that point you should just about be able to hobble to the appointment, too.
Do I really need it as a recreational runner?
Even if you’re not training twice a day and clocking 100-mile weeks, you’ll still benefit from laying your parts on the table, so to speak.
“Recreational runners use the same muscles as elite athletes and undergo the same stresses,” says sports massage therapist and lecturer Clive Lacey.
Western agrees: “Many recreational runners push themselves to perform to their potential, so pre- and post-event treatments help them prevent injury, achieve their goals and recover well.”
How often should I have Sports Massage?
This depends on each individual and their reasons for massage. Sports massage can be received as often as you like, this is provided you are not suffering from any condition for which massage is contra-indicated. People often find a weekly massage helps to control their stress levels, while others find that a maintenance treatment every few weeks or even monthly works well.
What should I wear to a Sports massage?
The short answer is whatever you are comfortable in. Bear in mind that whilst a massage can be carried out through clothing, for the optimal conditions the therapist will need to make contact with your skin. You will therefore be asked to remove the clothing covering the afflicted area. Most clients change within the treatment room and the therapist protects their modesty at all times by providing a screen to undress behind. Freedom clinics also have changing facilities that you can use. Whilst providing a treatment the therapist will only uncover the limb / area of the body being worked on, the rest of you will be covered.
What benefits will I get with from Fit For Life program?
Fit For Life benefits all fitness and experience levels. With fit for life program you will receive free dietary advice, a personalised exercise program to help you achieve your goals Plus one 30 minute sport massage each week to help you with any injuries you pick up during training. Fit For Life is designed to help people achieve their goals by providing them with realistic and relevant fitness programs and dietary advice. Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle mass or cardiovascular endurance Fit for life program is right for you.
If I go for the Fit For Life program do I have to go in consecutive weeks?
For best results It is advised that you come regularly each week to follow fit for life programme. As in this way it is easier to monitor changes weight, diet and fitness level. However we are aware of busy schedules so if you are not able to attend each week make it as regular as possible.
Will acupuncture hurt?
You will feel a small pinch as the needle goes through your skin and then after that you may feel a heaviness or discomfort.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can treat almost any imbalance in your body and so is able to treat for example: chronic diseases, any kind of pain, emotional issues, hormone imbalances, colds and flu, male and female infertility, general wellness etc. See the W.H.O website for all conditions that have been proved through research to be helped by acupuncture.
How does it work?
After a full assessment a diagnosis is made that incorporates the root cause of your symptoms. By correcting the imbalance in your body these symptoms should be alleviated. As the root cause is being treated; points all over the body may be used and not just in the area of your problem.
How soon should I feel the effect of acupuncture?
Each acupuncture patient is treated as an individual and responds slightly differently to the treatments and so it is difficult to give an estimate of the number of treatments needed. The older the problem is the longer it may take to respond. At the beginning of each session your previous treatment and its effects are assessed.
Can I come for an acupuncture treatment if I am well?
Acupuncture is used to maintain health and prevent illness. There will always be slight imbalances in the body that can be treated, thus preventing future illnesses.