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What Should I Wear to a Chiropractic Appointment?

What Should I Wear to a Chiropractic Appointment?

The second most common question we get asked when booking an initial consultation is: ‘what should I wear?’ The most common one is about parking. No matter what you’re visiting the chiropractor about, whether it’s low back pain, sciatica or a sports injury, the answer is the same: come as you are. At your initial appointment we will go through a detailed case history of what’s going on, a complete examination, covering all your nerves, muscles and joints, and, if necessary, take an x-ray. For the examination and x-rays, we provide you with a gown to get changed into so we can assess you properly. So the only thing we ask is that you wear underwear the day of your initial appointment. You only need to wear a gown on your very first visit. We’ve also written about what to expect from your first chiropractic appointment. What do I need to wear to follow-up Chiropractic appointments? For all appointments after that just wear your normal day-to-day clothes. We are good at working through all items of clothing, even thick jumpers in the winter. So please wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Whether that’s your suit ready for a day in the office, your work kit at the end of the day, or something fancy on your way to a boozy lunch. If you have any more questions then please contact the team. If you’re interested in chiropractic treatment and how it could help you, why not book an appointment with us at the Chiropractic Centre in Bristol? You can give us a call on 01179741501 or click here to book...
Is It Bad to Crack Your Neck?

Is It Bad to Crack Your Neck?

Is It Bad to Click Your Neck? We get asked this question in our centres a lot. Often just after someone cracks their neck in front of us during their initial appointment. So, is it bad? Yes and no. It all depends on if you’re doing it intentionally or not and how often. Some people are naturally more clicky than others. Sometimes just turning their head causes a popping sound. This isn’t going to cause any harm. Strengthening up the neck muscles around the neck and upper back can help stabilise the joints so they don’t’ click as often. “Feeling the need to click your own neck on a regular basis can signify an underlying imbalance in your spine.” If you are trying to click your own neck then this can be a problem. Feeling the need to click your own neck on a regular basis can signify an underlying imbalance in your spine. Although cracking your neck can provide relief, it rarely addresses the underlying issue. Over time people often find themselves cracking their necks more and more frequently; often we meet people who do it multiple times per day! And that’s not great. Why do I feel the need to click my neck all the time? The reason you feel the need to click your neck is a build-up of tension in the neck and shoulders. This is most often related to sitting in front of a computer or phone too much or stress. The muscles tighten up around your neck and shoulders and over time the joints in your spine start to lock up. It’s this...
What Causes Aches and Pains in Old Age?

What Causes Aches and Pains in Old Age?

Aches and Pains in Old Age When it comes to ageing, most of us just seem to assume that aches and pains are part of the package. However, this is only true to a certain extent. While there are some normal aches and pains to ageing, these can be mitigated to a certain extent by taking the right precautions. Pain is usually your body’s way of signalling that something’s wrong and so if you’re experiencing notable amounts of pain as you grow older, it isn’t something you should ignore or simply put up with. It’s important to take the right steps to address aches and pains, no matter how old you are. And the sooner you address them, the better. The Normal Aches and Pains of Ageing Our bodies undergo a significant amount of stress over the course of our lives, and so it makes sense that we experience things differently as we grow older. There may be certain activities that you could with ease when you were younger, whether it’s something as simple as kicking a football around a park with some friends. But whereas simple activities or sports had no effect on you in the past, now they may leave your joints feeling stiffer than usual the next day. This can cause you to feel less mobile and free than before. As we age, our bodies become more prone to damage, which means we need to take additional steps to take care of them. It’s important to remember that your body is carrying all those years of sports and physical activities that you have behind you. But...
What is Recommended for Relief of Lower Back Pain

What is Recommended for Relief of Lower Back Pain

What is Recommended for Relief of Lower Back Pain Lower back pain is something everyone gets at some point to varying degrees. Some people will have a fall or some sort of trauma however lots, if not most people, will just slowly start to get a nagging ache in their lower back that grows over time with no obvious cause for it. If you are any of these then this is a guide on how Chiropractic care can help you. I will try to keep this short and sweet but as you probably can imagine there are lots of elements to lower back pain, especially the not so obvious type. So to start off we should discuss the guidelines set out by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, or known as the NICE Guidelines, as this is what all medical and therapeutic services in the UK should abide to that includes the NHS and private services (NICE Guidelines Pathway Updated March 2021). What the NICE Guidelines recommend for Lower Back Pain The first step is to get the correct information on your lower back pain as well as information on how to manage it yourself. Chiropractic is in a very strong position to help you with this as we specialise in back and spine problems, yes we can help with other body parts and problems however back pain is our bread and butter. The second step has many options and which one you take depends on how you would like to manage your problem. The different options are Exercise, Manual Therapy, Psychological Therapy, Pharmacological treatments or Specific...
The Ozone & Chiropractic

The Ozone & Chiropractic

I was on my lunch break and I’ve just seen a really interesting news article that came out. It was saying that the ozone hole over Antarctica has healed over for the first time. Rather naively, my initial thought was this is down to the world being in lockdown due to coronavirus, all the efforts, the things that we’ve done, it had a real positive impact. Obviously, the reality is it takes a lot longer for things like the ozone layer to heal. A hole over the ozone doesn’t heal over a couple of weeks or months. The reality is, it was down to banning of CFCs and aerosol sprays back in the ’80s. Also, weather patterns had played a large role in it healing over as well. It got me thinking, we’ve seen lots of reports coming out about amazing things happening, the canals of Venice clearing up and dolphins swimming in them. I know there’s lots of other reasons not just a reduction in pollution, but we’re starting to see nature breathe again. For example, the other day, I’ve started to see honeybees in my garden. I’ve never seen a honeybee in my garden before. It could just be a coincidence, but it feels like nature’s coming alive again. There’s a saying within Chiropractic, that ‘nature needs no help, it just needs no interference’. We don’t do things as humans to nature to heal it. What we do is we stop doing the things that are interfering with it. That’s how nature is going to heal. Nature can look after itself. It will restore the balance. It...
Is health measured by how we feel?

Is health measured by how we feel?

Is health measured by how we feel? There has never been a better time to be thankful for good health. With so much uncertainty around the COVID 19 pandemic I wanted to help answer this question. The World Health Organisation predicts that between 5-80% of people infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms at all. Yet many people suffer a high temperature, a persistent cough and fatigue, and sometimes worse. Why is this? Are symptoms a sign of good or bad health? Let’s look at back pain as an example, back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Although it can be very unpleasant and distressing, initially it is there to protect us. The pain is a signal from the brain telling our body to avoid doing anything that may cause further damage. If we didn’t feel it, we wouldn’t know when to stop and let our body repair itself. What about when you are fighting a cold or a virus? A high temperature and cough may make you feel terrible but we know that these are ways our immune system is cleansing our bodies and fighting off the virus! Without these mechanisms we would be in big trouble. Symptoms are a healthy response to your body responding to an injury or threat from infection The definition of health according to most medical textbooks is a ‘state of physical, mental and social wellbeing without merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. In laymen’s terms – health is more than just not being unwell, health is thriving in all of the aspects of your life. Our body’s have the ability...

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