Chiropractic is a primary healthcare profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions that are due to mechanical dysfunction of the joints and muscles.
Within the U.K. Chiropractic is a statutorily-regulated profession via the General Chiropractic Council and should not be regarded as a treatment, intervention or monk-therapy. Chiropractors provide a wide range of treatments/interventions including, but not limited to, manual therapy, exercise rehabilitation and self-care advice, and utilise psychologically-informed programmes of care. Chiropractic, like other healthcare professions, is informed by the evidence base and develops accordingly.
Chiropractic care is for everyone. Due to the wide range of treatment modalities employed at the clinic we will tailor your treatment to you. This is always based on the best available evidence, our extensive clinical experience and your personal preference.
The use of the RS Scan pressure plate system allows for in depth biomechanical assessment of foot function during walking and running. This in depth analysis helps to better understand how the foot function might be affecting areas higher up the kinetic chain, such as the low back. This information can be vital for the proper development of a tailored, patient centred, treatment plan. If part of that treatment plan requires the addition of orthotics in the shoes, then the information obtained from the scan provides important information as to how they should be moulded.
When imaging with X-rays, an X-ray beam produced by a so-called X-ray tube passes through the body. On it’s way through the body, parts of the energy of the X-ray beam are absorbed. This process is described as attenuation of the X-ray beam. On the opposite side of the body, detectors or a film capture the attenuated X-rays, resulting in a clinical image.
The digital X-Rays we have at the clinic certainly do not form a major part of our diagnostic process, however, if clinically indicated by the patient history and physical exam they are a fast way in which we rule out or rule in a diagnosis.
Shock Wave Therapy
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is the application of Shock Waves in medicine.
It is clinically proven that pressure waves, when applied to injured tissues, stimulate metabolic reactions:
- Reduction of pain felt by nerve fibers
- Increase of blood circulation in surrounding soft tissues
- Beginning of healing process triggered by stem cells activation
Red chili peppers contain capsaicin. At first this substance overwhelms the C nerve fibers responsible for transmitting pain but then disables them for an extended period of time. Everybody knows the feeling – first, the mouth is on fire, then it feels completely numb.
Research has indicated that shock wave therapy works the same way. When activated, the C nerve fibers release a specific substance (substance P) in the tissue as well as in the spinal cord. This substance is responsible for causing slight discomfort during and after shock wave treatment. However, with prolonged activation, C nerve fibers become incapable for some time of releasing substance P and causing pain.
Less substance P in the tissue leads to reduced pain, but there is more: less substance P also causes so-called neurogenic inflammation to decline.
A decline in neurogenic inflammation may in turn foster healing – together with the release of growth factors and the activation of stem cells in the treated tissue.
ESWT has been clinically proven to be effective for conditions such as: Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder; Plantar fasciitis; Achilles tendinopathy; Golfer's elbow; Tennis elbow and more!
Laser is a form of Photobiomodulation therapy. This can result in beneficial therapeutic outcomes including but not limited to the alleviation of pain or inflammation, immunomodulation, and promotion of wound healing and tissue regeneration.
The fundamental principles that underpin photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy, as currently understood in the scientific literature, are relatively straightforward. There is consensus that the application of a therapeutic dose of light to impaired or dysfunctional tissue leads to a cellular response mediated by mitochondrial mechanisms that reduce pain and inflammation and speed healing.
Unlike traditional athletic tape that binds and doesn’t stretch, RockTape is engineered to mimic the human skin. This stretchiness is the secret behind RockTape. RockTape stretches up to 180% of its original length but has amazing ‘snap-back’ or recovery. This is what gives RockTape its performance advantage over other tapes.
RockTape can be used in a variety of ways to achieve different benefits: When RockTape is applied with little or no stretch on the tape but lots of stretch on the tissue it causes the skin to form convolutions and wrinkle. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that decompresses the tissue just under the skin. It is believed that this decompression and having tape on our skin creates 3 main effects:
Fluid Effect: By causing decompression the tape promotes a more normal fluid dynamic in the taped area. Swelling is better able to flow out of the area, taking with it toxins which result from inflammation and injury. Also blood has less resistance to enter the area bringing with it more oxygen and nutrients vital for healing and recovery. This fluid effect is probably behind the dramatic improvement in swollen and bruised tissue that is often seen when Rocktape is applied.
Mechanical Effect: As pressure on the vertical layer cake of tissue between skin and bone is reduced more normal slide and glide mechanics between the layers of tissue is restored. It is likely that this is the mechanism that can make someone who can only bend as far as their knees, bend considerably more in a short space of time.
Neurological Effect: A lot of pain generated by movement or muscle contraction is generated by nerve endings in the space between the skin and muscle. As tape decompresses this space there is less pressure on these nerve endings so is reduced or stopped completely at its source. Having elastic tape stuck to your skin is also believed to stimulate receptors within the skin called Mechanoreceptors. These receptors play a part in our movement awareness, or what therapists call Proprioception. Many therapists believe that one of the main effects of applying RockTape is to improve our Proprioception, which can both decrease pain and improve the way we move.
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Camberley Chiropractic Ltd offers Chiropractic and related services to Camberley and surrounding areas including Sandhurst, Bagshot, Lightwater, Crowthorne, Yateley, Frimley, Eversley, Hartley Wintney, Farnborough, Ash, Aldershot, Guildford & Wokingham