What is Chiropractic?
A chiropractor is a specialist in muscle joint and trapped nerve type problems with a particular emphasis on the spine. My focus is on getting to the root of the problem and trying to address those underlying issues.
To become a chiropractor, I had to undergo a four years at university studying a variety of different subjects with focus on the neuromusculoskeletal system. This basically means nerves, muscles and bones.
As well as studying extensive anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, chiropractors are also taught in nutrition, pharmacology and the art of taking and reading x-rays. At Lushington Chiropractic , in Eastbourne, we have an x-ray unit which means we can take x-rays on site with speed and efficiency. I used to take x-rays at my previous clinic, but the system at Lushington is a digital state-of-the-art x-ray system which produces fantastic images, with minimal x-ray dose to the patient. Most people don’t need to be x-rayed though!
Chiropractic adjustments, or spinal manipulation, is a key part of the therapeutic techniques that I use. The popping and clicking is what chiropractors are most well-known for. I use a wide range of techniques. The most common is a quick, very carefully control movement that is designed to help restore normal joint movement.
Commonly this adjustment is accompanied by a ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sound which is an “audible release”. This is where gas is released from the joints due to the separation of the joint surfaces. The interesting thing about this is that most of the time, apart from the sound there is no other physical characteristic, i.e. in my experience it’s completely comfortable with no pain or discomfort.
Chiropractic adjustments are definitely something that I use on a regular basis but at University we are taught hundreds of different techniques which means that we can tailor our treatment plans for each patient.
The actual treatment I use, and how I apply it varies for each person. It depends on your complaint/complaints and preferences. For example, I have some guests at the clinic who do not like to have their necks adjusted so I will use different techniques on the neck for them which are also very effective. Being chiropractor in Eastbourne you get good at helping a wide range of ages, and I’ll adapt the treatment to suit each person individually.
At my previous chiropractic clinic and here in Eastbourne I see people with a variety of different issues. The common misconception is that we only treat the spine but a lot of our patients (guests) actually come in with non-spinal issues.
I see people with back pain of course, and this can be chronic (having been present for a long time) or acute (only just happened). I commonly see people with mechanical neck pain, which can be associated with headaches. I think this is becoming more common, especially in the younger generation. I’m a firm believer that good posture is very important and the increasing use of technology isn’t helping.
People also see me to help prevent migraines; joint pains associated with osteoarthritis, most commonly the knee and the hip; shoulder problems such as frozen shoulder; and other biomechanical problems that can be associated with neck and back problems, like tennis elbow.
Practicing as a chiropractor in Eastbourne means you see a particularly wide range of problems. Some people are very sporty and active, whereas others aren’t. I love the variety and use my training, experience the help a wide range of general muscle or joint aches and pains, including muscle spasms and cramps.
I focus on the root of the problem; I always do a thorough examination to make sure I know exactly what is going on what the best kind of treatment will be for each person.
As stated previously I’ll tailor your treatment to suit your personal case. What we decide to do will depend on your age, any health issues you have e.g. osteoporosis as well as your personal preference.
Whilst here in Eastbourne, at my previous chiropractic clinic and even when I was training at chiropractic University I’ve seen many people of different ages from children, pregnant women and people well into their nineties.
If you’re thinking about seeing a chiropractor in Eastbourne, or you have any questions, then contact me to book your appointment.