Chiropractors work with the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. This is the framework of bones and muscles that support the body and its integral role with the nervous system to enable the body to function properly. Some problems of the musculoskeletal system can be caused by accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and every day wear and tear. When joints are misaligned they may cause pressure on the nerves affecting how they work. Symptoms commonly include back ache and pain, stiffness, neck pain, headaches and sometimes sharp pains or altered sensations in the limbs.
The aim of chiropractic treatment is to improve the function of both the joints and nerves by realigning the spine or other joints and removing the pressure on the nerves. Restored balance and function allows the optimum function of the nervous system and enables the body’s natural ability to heal itself to come into effect.
Depending on your condition, the chiropractor may manipulate parts of your spine or joints. This is called the chiropractic adjustment and it involves precisely handling or moving joints using specific, skilled techniques. Often, advice on exercise, selfhelp, diet and lifestyle is given as part of a complete care programme.
Here at Fishguard Chiropractic Clinic, we work alongside sports massage therapists as the two treatments compliment each other beautifully. Chiropractic care works on realigning the joints and sports massage helps to relax the muscles. This provides the best possible opportunity for the body to heal itself and for you to feel fantastic.
Sports massage is for sports people and non-sports people alike. It involves a deep, invigorating massage that works on relaxing tight and stressed muscles. Benefits of sports massage include:
- Reduce stress and muscle tension
- Improving muscle tone and elasticity
- Increase joint range of motion
- Improving circulation and lymphatic flow
- Promote faster healing of strained muscles
How does Physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy treatments offered include manual and electrotherapy, taping, acupuncture and dry-needling. Strength and conditioning programmes are designed to restore normal movement following surgery or injury. Chronic musculoskeletal conditions are helped with home-help exercises and plans – strategies to make simple movements and activities easier.
Running analysis provides runners with essential information about their running style. This is important however long they have been running. Video analysis of you running also looks at the leg and body’s movement and efficiency to see if there are other movements that can be corrected. Different running stages can be viewed in detail by playing the video in slow-motion. This can help identify identify certain movements which may be triggering injuries or affecting running efficiency.
How do Chiropractic, Massage and Physiotherapy work together?
Chiropractic care and sports massage compliment one another beautifully. Spending prolonged periods of time driving or a stressful job with frequent tight deadlines can cause joints to move / lock out of position. When this happens, not only does it affect the nerves, it also causes muscle imbalance and tension. Chiropractic care works to realign the joints of the spine and massage relaxes the muscles around the spine. Relaxed muscles following a massage help the joints to hold the realignment that the chiropractic adjustments are doing, helping the chiropractic care to work quicker and more effectively. Both treatments address the joints, the nerves and the muscles giving the body the best opportunity to heal itself and get you feeling fantastic.
Combine Physiotherapy with this and you’ll have the ultimate care package to help you achieve your optimum health goals. Rehabilitation following surgery or injury is essential for correct function. Strength and conditioning of the joints and muscles not only helps to restore normal movement patterns, it also improves performance and lessens the chances of injury – the fundamental aim of each individual, competitive or not.