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...
What does a Chiropractic Adjustment feel like?

What does a Chiropractic Adjustment feel like?

What does a Chiropractic Adjustment feel like? Many of you many be wondering exactly what the a Chiropractic adjustment feels like! The idea of having your neck or back ‘cracked’ can be a daunting thought, especially after watching a barrage of youtube videos! We’ve all done it. If this is you, don’t worry! Many people visit our clinics with these questions and the outcome is always much less scary than the thought of it. To help you understand the feeling of a chiropractic adjustment, first, you need to know what it is and why we do it. Tension and stiffness builds up in the joints of your spine (back and neck) from injury, poor posture, stress and day to day life. This causes the muscles and nerves to become tight and sore. A Chiropractic adjustment releases the tension in these joints by quickly and gently moving your joints past their restriction. Chiropractic Adjustments have been proven to be extremely safe and effective, and the feeling after is usually relief and euphoria So what is the popping noise? Nitrogen (gas) is located in between the joints of your body, the adjustment moves the joint and this changes the pressure of gas inside, causing the clicking or cracking noise you hear. Just like the noise bubblewrap makes when you pop the bubbles. So what does this actually feel like? The adjustment is a very quick process that is over before you know it has happened. The immediate feeling is often very relieving and euphoric. This is because an adjustment causes the body to release endorphins, feel good hormones from the brain,...
Does chiropractic treatment hurt?

Does chiropractic treatment hurt?

Does chiropractic treatment hurt? As chiropractors, one of the most common questions we get asked is ‘does it hurt?’. Many people feel nervous about seeking chiropractic care due to fear that the chiropractic adjustments, or ‘manipulation’, may cause them pain either during or after they have been treated. A host of viral videos on social media demonstrating extreme cracking and spinal manipulation has lead many to worry about what exactly chiropractors do! Most people find Chiropractic Adjustments do not hurt and that they enjoy the instant relief from an adjustment So what is a chiropractic adjustment? A chiropractic adjustment is a quick, specific thrust delivered by hand to the spinal joints in either your neck, mid/low back or pelvis. Registered UK chiropractors undergo 4-5 years of training in order to learn how to deliver adjustments both safely and with as little discomfort to the patient as possible. We are trained to identify the restricted joints in the spine that may be causing you discomfort – through adjusting the joints we are able to restore movement to the spine and remove pressure from any nerves that may be irritated. How does it feel? During your chiropractic treatment, your chiropractor will talk you through all of the techniques they are using, enabling you to feel relaxed and in control throughout. To the patient, the spinal adjustment is felt simply as a quick thrust which may or may not be accompanied by a ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sound. This simply represents air escaping the joint – much like when you pop open a bottle of champagne! So is it painful? The answer is...
Team runs Tough Mudder

Team runs Tough Mudder

The Chiropractic Centre: Bristol does Tough Mudder On Saturday 19th August 2017 The Chiropractic Centre: Bristol team ran the South West Tough Mudder.  We completed the 10+ mile course and 21 obstacles in under 4 hours.  Despite being dunked in frozen water, being thrown over high walls and electrocuted we finished with smiles on our faces (also a few tears in our eyes and multiple bruises).  Overall we laughed the way round and worked as a team to complete the course.  We could be more proud of what we have achieved together and here is a video to celebrate what we did.  Watch out though as a few of us have got the Tough Mudder bug and might get you to join us next year! Comment below if you’ve run Tough Mudder before and your experiences. Also if you are training for any event such as Tough Mudder the Chiropractic is a vital part of injury prevention and recovery, making sure you get round as quickly as possible in the best health.  To book an appointment with one of our Chiropractors or sports massage therapists call us on 0117 9741...
Headaches

Headaches

Headaches Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? For those of you who have visited us here at The Chiropractic Centre: Bristol, you would recognise this question, regardless of the reason you came in to see us. It has been estimated that 10 million people in the UK suffer from headaches on a regular basis (nhs.uk). So unsurprisingly here at the clinic we see a lot of patients suffering headaches, whether it being their main complaint or something that we have uncovered during the case history. Quite often they can describe these as ‘normal’ headaches. There is no such thing as a ‘normal’ headache. Some of you may ask, ‘What do headaches have to do with your spine?’ Well there are hundreds of types of headaches but some of the most common are tension headaches, migraines and cervicogenic headaches, all of which can be influenced by spinal health and posture. Tension Headaches Those who suffer with tension headaches, often describe a feeling of band like pressure across the forehead and temples. They can also describe tightness within the muscles of the neck. The exact causes aren’t clear but can range from stress and poor posture to dehydration. Migraines Migraines are typically less common but are felt as a severe, throbbing type pain that can affect the front or side of the head. Some will also suffer with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Cervicogenic Headaches These are headaches that originate from the neck and refer pain up into the head. Typically it is felt as a dull, aching pain that can really affect any area of the head but most commonly...
Chiropractic: How it all began

Chiropractic: How it all began

Chiropractic: How it all began!! This good looking chap is the genius who discovered Chiropractic.  He theorised a spinal segment that was misaligned or fixated could irritate the corresponding nerve root, resulting in a dampened down nervous system, and pain. His name is Daniel David Palmer, and performed the first Chiropractic adjustment.  DD Palmer had many jobs such as a bee-keeper, grocer and as a teacher – where he met Harvey Lillard, a partially deaf janitor.  Harvey had felt something click in his back, 17 years previously, whilst bending over and then his hearing started to deteriorate.  In 1895 DD Palmer, surmised that a joint in the spine had moved out of position and caused the deafness.  He then performed the first ever chiropractic adjustment on that joint, in Davenport, Iowa, which he claimed regained Harvey’s hearing.  DD founded the first chiropractic school in 1897. Everything was going well and Chiropractic was expanding, however it was still a new therapy and unrecognised by law.  In 1907 Chiropractors in the US were arrested for practising medicine without a license.  Many Chiropractors were jailed for their profession.  DD Palmer was held for 17 days until he agreed to pay the fine.  Finally, the chiropractors won their legal battle and achieved legal licensing for Chiropractic. After this DD Palmer sold his school to his son BJ Palmer, and went off to develop more around the country.  This allegedly left a bitter taste between them. DD Palmer died in 1917 reportedly from typhoid fever, however due to the conflicting relationship between father and son, reports state that DD Palmer was struck by his son’s car during...