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What is Chiropractic?

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Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession which focuses on the posture and movement of the body, and healthy functioning of joints, muscles and some nerves (neuro-musculoskeletal system). We use different techniques such as adjustments, mobilisations and various soft tissue releases to improve range of motion and decrease pain levels where appropriate. Care can also improve balance and increase bodily awareness/proprioception. 

At Balance and Motion, we use up to date and evidence informed treatments to help a large range of different conditions or complaints dependant on the type of patient.

Sciatica, lower back and neck pain are three of the most common complaints that we treat as chiropractors regardless of whether our patient is a person, dog or horse. Typically, these issues arise gradually overtime, as a result of long-term postural stress, general wear and tear or regular and intense training. For many of our patients, their lifestyle habits which may lead to these aches and pains (such as desk-bound occupation or professional/elite level sport) will not change, and so chiropractic care can become an important form of maintenance which can prevent or slow down further postural issues or discomfort. Sometimes pain may be secondary to trauma, and care may accelerate healing time and compliment rehabilitation, helping our patients stay more injury-resistant in the future. 

Some complaints may be referred pain secondary to other health issues. In this case, Chiropractic should not be used in replacement of traditional Veterinary or Medical care, instead along side them. We are trained to recognise when Chiropractic care is not appropriate, and can instead organise a referral to the relevant medical services to ensure you get the help you require. Sometimes, we can help manage this alternative complaints alongside your other healthcare professionals. 

What to Expect

For People

 

The first appointment is the Consultation which involves taking a comprehensive history. This helps identify what may be causing the pain or complaint, includes reviewing your past medical history and looks at goal setting to help you get the best out of care. 

 

After the history, a full physical examination is completed which checks Range of Motion (ROM), reflexes, muscle strength, sensation, orthopaedic and functional tests. This helps us to distinguish the root cause. The appointment is approximately 45-60 minutes long. 

Following this, a Report of Findings will be given, detailing your condition and the management plan required to get you back on track. Management plans tell you the type of treatment and number of appointments required for you to achieve you goals and become pain free. If indicated, treatment will be given in this appointment. 

If treatment is not deemed suitable, or if further referrals are required to your GP or another medical practitioner, this will be organised to ensure you receive the best and most appropriate treatment for your condition.

Additional treatments follow the management plan, and will include a variety of joint adjustments and mobilisations, soft tissue releases and rehabilitation/exercise plans where appropriate. These appointments typically last 30 minutes. 

For Equine and Canine

Under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 all Veterinary Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths must gain consent for treatment from the clients Veterinarian prior to any appointments taking place. A form will be completed and sent directly to yourself and your Veterinary clinic for completion. 

The first appointment will involve a consultation, report of findings and first treatment. The consultation will involve a history, where we ask questions about your Dog or Horse's recent/changing behaviour, their current and past medical complaints. A physical examination will follow where we check how your Dog/Horse is moving and the mobility of the joints and soft tissues. It is not always required, but please ensure you have any tack which you regularly use on your horse/pony or leashes or harnesses for your dog for during your appointment, as it may be relevant to us when assessing your animal.

Treatment will be given promptly at the first appointment, unless there are any apparent medical issues which must be assessed by a Veterinarian first. 

A report will be completed during your appointment. You will receive a copy of this, and it can also be forwarded to your Veterinarian if required. Rehabilitative exercises may be given if suitable to the individual case, and a management plan will be organised so the best result can be achieved for your Horse/Pony or Dog.  

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