Our Stoke Chiropractor explains how chiropractors can help arthritis sufferers

Arthritis is a very common medical condition in the United Kingdom, affecting about 10 million people. It is a potentially debilitating condition that causes swelling and pain in the joints. Arthritis sufferers often struggle with mobility and find that the condition severely impacts their lifestyle.

Our Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke chiropractic clinics often receive new patients who are suffering from arthritis. They are usually in a great deal of pain and wondering if a chiropractor in Stoke on Trent can help them obtain some pain relief.

We are happy to inform these clients that chiropractic can reduce the symptoms of many types of arthritis. In most cases, obtaining treatment from a Stoke chiro will significantly reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and restore some mobility. In this post, our Stoke chiropractor explains precisely how chiropractic care can help arthritis sufferers.

 

What is Arthritis?

Although arthritis is a common condition, it is not well understood by the general public. “Arthritis” is not a single disease, but a term used to describe many different joint diseases and conditions that cause joint pain.

In total, there are over 100 types of arthritis and associated conditions. These conditions can affect people of any race, age, and gender. The most common arthritic conditions include:

 

Osteoarthritis

Affecting about 9 million people across the UK, this is by far the most common type of arthritis. It usually occurs in older adults and is more prevalent in people with a family history of the condition.

Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage lining the joints to roughen and become thinner. This makes the tendons and ligaments in joints work harder. It then leads to swelling and the formation of bony spurs in the joints.

Eventually, the bones in the joints begin to rub against one another, which is extremely painful. The joints most commonly affected by osteoporosis arthritis are in the hands, spine, knees and hips.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system mistakenly targets the joints. This leads to pain and swelling. Eventually, it causes the bone and cartilage in the joints to break down.

 

Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory condition that primarily affects the muscles, bones, and ligaments in the spine. It leads to stiffness and causes the joints to eventually fuse together.

 

Cervical spondylosis

This form of arthritis primarily affects the joints and bones in the neck. It causes a great deal of stiffness and pain.

 

What Can Chiropractors Do To Help Arthritis Sufferers?

Chiropractic is effective at treating many types of arthritis. It is an all-natural, safe, and non-invasive treatment that does not involve any pharmaceuticals.

Arthritic patients who visit our Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke chiropractic clinics receive gentle adjustments to their joints which correct misalignments and reduce joint restrictions. These adjustments can reduce joint inflammation while improving the function of the affected joint.

Chiropractic adjustments can also boost nervous system function, which makes it easier to manage the symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Visiting a chiropractor in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme can lead to:

  • Reduced pain levels
  • Less inflammation around the joints
  • Better flexibility and improved range of motion
  • A more active and enjoyable lifestyle

To establish if chiropractic care is appropriate for a new patient, we perform a consultation and initial examination. This helps us discover the severity of the patient’s arthritis and determine if chiropractic treatments will be appropriate. We then work with the patient to devise a treatment plan that delivers results.

 

If you are suffering with arthritis and are looking for help with your symptoms or would like learn more about the ways that our Stoke Chiro can help you, contact Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke by calling 01782 711 191

Our Stoke Chiro Outlines 5 Incredible Benefits Of Chiropractic For Sportspeople

sports injury treatment with our stoke chiroA significant proportion of the clients visiting our Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic or City Chiropractic Clinic do so because they have sustained a sporting injury. Our Stoke chiro will firstly assess their injury, then perform the necessary joint adjustments and soft tissue treatments to help their body heal more efficiently. These treatments also help to reduce their pain levels during the recovery period.

Many of the sportspeople visiting our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent are surprised to discover that our chiropractic treatments lead to better performance on the sporting field once they recover. That’s because regular chiropractic care can change your physiology in a way that improves performance. In this post, we’ll share some more incredible benefits of chiropractic care for sportspeople.

Are you interested in improving your sporting performance? Book a visit with our Stoke Chiro at  Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or booking online on our website here. You can also read on to discover the incredible benefits of chiropractic for sportspeople.

 

#1 – Stronger Performance

The most exciting benefit of chiropractic care for sportspeople is obviously better performance. The main reason for this occurring is that chiropractic treatments are effective at improving the motion of the spine. This can lead to better nervous system function and better “sensorimotor integration”. Sensorimotor integration being the relationship between the sensory system (nerves) and the motor system (muscles).

Improved sensorimotor integration means the central nervous system can more easily control task-specific motor output. In other words, your brain can control your body more efficiently. This can lead to better hand-eye coordination, more strength, and more fluid movement.

Another performance boost occurs because of the effect that chiropractic treatments have on the joints. When you visit our Stoke chiropractor, they will assess the performance of your joints and determine if any are poorly aligned. Once adjustments have been performed, your musculoskeletal system will be functioning far more efficiently, with greater flexibility and power. This delivers an incredible performance boost.

 

#2 – Pain Reduction

Pain is the most common reason why people visit our Stoke chiro. Fortunately, chiropractic care has proven to be effective at relieving pain. A chiropractor will perform a combination of joint adjustments and soft tissue therapy to alleviate your pain quickly and help you get back on the sporting field sooner than expected.

 

#3 – Less Risk Of Injury

All forms of exercise will place additional strain on your body, with the muscle, joints, tendons, and ligaments being the most affected. Seeing our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent will help you prevent this additional strain from becoming an injury.

A chiropractor will:

  • Ensure your joints are correctly aligned, which reduces the risk of acute and repetitive strain injuries
  • Provide soft tissue therapy to help you deal with muscle, tendon and ligament
  • Offer advice on dealing with recurring injuries

 

#4 – Chiropractic Care is Completely Drug-free

If you visit a doctor for sports injury treatment, they are very likely to use pharmaceuticals as a part of their treatment approach. This is different to a chiropractor, who will treat your condition without the use of drugs. This can help you avoid potentially addictive pain killers and drugs with serious side effects.

 

#5 – Chiropractic Care Makes Recovery Faster

Sportspeople who visit our Newcastle or Stoke chiropractic clinics are often amazed by how quickly they recover from their injuries after receiving chiropractic care. That’s because a chiropractor can address any misalignments of the musculoskeletal system which are impeding the healing process. They can also help you reduce inflammation and provide rehabilitative treatments to further speed up the healing process.

 

If you are suffering a sports injury or are in pain for some other reason our Stoke Chiro is here to help you. Why not book a visit at our Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic by calling 01782 711 191 or booking online on our website here.

Choosing The Best Chiropractor In Stoke On Trent

chiropractic treatment advice The effectiveness of chiropractic treatment has made it very popular in the UK in recent years.  There are now more patients seeking chiropractic treatment than ever before, particularly in Stoke on Trent.

Many of these patients will simply do a quick Google search to find the number of a nearby chiropractor in Stoke.  This approach is usually fine, but some patients find that they don’t enjoy the demeanour or technique of the chiropractor that they find.  For these patients, a bit more research may have been required before choosing a chiropractor.

In this post, I’ll share a few simple tips to help you find the best chiropractor in Stoke on Trent.  These tips will help you find a professional chiropractor that you feel completely comfortable with.

#1 — Ask friends and family for a referral

The simplest way to find an excellent professional chiropractor is to ask your friends and family who they use.  If they have found a great chiropractor in Stoke on Trent, they will be more than happy to tell you about them.  In fact, chiropractic treatment can have such a dramatic impact on a person’s health and well-being that they will probably be raving about how good their chiropractor is.

#2 — Check the credentials of each chiropractor

All chiropractors are highly trained professionals regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).  However, they do have vastly different backgrounds, with some chiropractors having additional training that affects how they deliver chiropractic care.  That’s why you should take a closer look at the academic history of a potential chiropractor to learn more about the type of care they provide.

Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic is owned by Dr Robert Finn who has a B.Sc. (Hons.) B.Sc. D.C. MCC (Doctor of Chiropractic) — along with more than 25 years of experience.  This has given him a vast amount of specialised knowledge regarding the musculoskeletal system and human physiology more generally.  You can check if a chiropractor is registered with the GCC by visiting this page.

#3 — Consider the gender of the chiropractor

It is important that you feel relaxed and comfortable when talking with your chiropractor as you will be discussing personal medical issues.  Your chiropractor will also be touching many parts of your body as they make various adjustments.  For these reasons, some people find it more comfortable to use a chiropractor of the same or opposite sex.

#4 — How much experience does the chiropractor have?

Experience really matters when dealing with complex musculoskeletal problems.   That’s why it is a good idea to seek out a highly experienced chiropractor.  Fortunately, there are many experienced in our chiropractic clinics in Stoke on Trent and nearby including Dr. Finn, who has over 25 years of experience.

#5 — What is their communication style?

As mentioned earlier, it’s important to have a chiropractor that you feel comfortable talking to.  They must be able to convey sometimes-complex medical concepts in a way that you can understand.  This will ensure that you know how healthy your musculoskeletal system is and what treatment is being proposed by your chiropractor. 

#6 — Check online reviews

There are online reviews for everything these days.  You can read what others have said about a specific chiropractor by visiting websites like Yelp and looking at their Google reviews.

#7 — Visit the chiropractor’s website

A chiropractor’s website can tell you a great deal about their practice.  It might include details like:

  • The chiropractor’s treatment philosophy
  • Which services are available
  • How many staff work at the clinic
  • What the premises look like
  • Their fees
  • Where they are located, and much more.

The appearance of the website and the amount of information it contains can also give you a sense of how professional a chiropractor is.

If you are still unsure about which Chiropractor in Stoke on Trent you should be visiting, contact our friendly staff at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic or City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on Trent.  We’ll explain why our practices offers the most comprehensive and effective chiropractic care in the local area.

Chiropractic Care — 11 Things That May Surprise You

chiropractic at stoke on city chiropractic stoke on trent Chiropractic is one of the most misunderstood medical professions.  Although therapeutic spinal manipulation has been around for thousands of years, chiropractic has only been used in Western countries for about 100 years.  This makes it a relatively new field compared to most other medical specialisations and research and evidence in chiropractic continues to grow.  To help you gain a little more insight into the field, here are 11 surprising facts about chiropractic and chiropractors that our chiropractors in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle Under Lyme want to share with you.

#1 – Chiropractic care is worldwide

Chiropractic originated in the United States in 1895, when Daniel David Palmer hypothesised that manipulation of the spine could cure disease.  In the 1960’s it became popular in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.  It then swept across Europe, Asia, and Latin America to the point where you can now find a chiropractor in virtually every major city on the planet. 

#2 – The chiropractor helps your body heal itself

Chiropractic care doesn’t magically heal your body.  It simply restores the proper range of motion to your musculoskeletal system.  By fixing mobility problems that your musculoskeletal system has, chiropractic care takes stress off of the central nervous system and allows the body to heal itself naturally.

#3 – Chiropractors can treat a wide range of health problems

Most people associate chiropractic care with the treatment of back problems.  However, there are many more health conditions that can helped with chiropractic care.  These include headaches, certain types of dizziness,  poor posture, shoulder problems, sporting injuries.

#4 – Most professional athletes visit the chiropractor

It’s common for professional athletes to visit chiropractors to maintain the health of their musculoskeletal system and to treat sporting injuries.  Some famous athletes who have used regularly used chiropractors include Usain Bolt, Tiger Woods and Tom Brady.

#5 – Most chiropractic adjustments don’t hurt

If you have seen a chiropractor performing adjustments on a patient, you might assume that it is painful due to the cracking noises that are sometimes heard.  Surprisingly, the chiropractic adjustment process is completely painless most of the time.  Chiropractors only use a small amount of force to guide your musculoskeletal system back into alignment and it is very rare to experience any pain.

#6 – Chiropractic is beneficial for people of all ages

While it’s no surprise that adults and the elderly turn to chiropractors for help, you might be surprised to learn that young babies and children can also benefit from chiropractic care.  People of all ages can experience issues with their musculoskeletal system, including misalignment of joints and injuries.

In fact, school children who carry heavy backpacks around all day at school often develop sore backs and require chiropractic care.  It is a good idea for parents to have their children assessed by a chiropractor to diagnose any issues and address them before they become a more serious problem.

#7 – One of the leading chiropractors was blind
Chiropractors develop an incredible familiarity with the human body.  They can feel if a spine is correctly aligned by simply running their finger along it.  This familiarity is exemplified by Dr. Charles Robinson Johnson, a blind man who graduated from the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1918.  Dr. Johnson went on to have a highly successful career, treating thousands of patients around the United States in a career that lasted more than 25 years.

#8 – Chiropractors often have to visit a chiropractor

Working as a chiropractor can be very physically demanding.  They are often forced to stand in uncomfortable positions as they make adjustments and are constantly on the move.  This can sometimes result in back injuries or misalignments.  As a result, it’s very common for chiropractors to need to the services of a fellow chiropractor.

#9 – People who visit chiropractors tend to be healthier

A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that people who used a chiropractor as their primary healthcare provider had 60% fewer hospital admissions and 83% less pharmaceutical costs.

#10 – It is claimed that the first chiropractic treatment restored a man’s hearing

The first procedure performed by Daniel David Palmer was on a man who had lost his hearing after suffering from a back injury.  17 years after the injury occurred the patient visited Palmer and received a spinal adjustment.   It is claimed that after the treatment the patient regained his hearing!

#11 – Fundamental principles of chiropractic treatment go back many years

Although chiropractic has only been around for 124 years, its fundamental principles go back much further.  Ancient Greek and Chinese doctors were known to make physical adjustments to the spine to correct common ailments and treat injuries.  Hippocrates himself suggested that the physical structure is the basis of all medicine. They believed that if a person’s physical structure (musculoskeletal system) is misaligned, it can lead to a variety of ailments.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment for patients of all ages. Our team of experienced chiropractors at our award winning chiropractic clinics in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme are her to help you. You can contact City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on 01782 848 184 or Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment.

 

Can A Chiropractor Help With Sports Injuries?

Chiropractors specialise in the treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system.  They use various techniques to treat common ailments arising from musculoskeletal  disorders, including generalised back pain, leg pain, neck pain, arm pain, headaches, sacroiliac joint pain, and repetitive strain injury.

Chiropractic care can also be beneficial for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries.  This article will explain how a chiropractor can help you recover from a sports injury or make adjustments that reduce the risk of an injury occurring in the future.

How are sport injuries caused?

Although playing sport can be a lot of fun and is beneficial for your health — it does carry some risk.  It is common for people playing sports like football or rugby to injure their joints or even suffer from concussions.  Even non-contact sports which are perceived as being less dangerous can cause injury if participants do not warm up correctly.  Most sports injuries arise from:

  • Forceful impacts
    When participants collide into one another it can cause bruising, concussions, sprains, and other injuries. These kinds of injuries are particularly common in football, rugby, ice hockey, and basketball.  Injuries from forceful impacts are even possible while playing non-contact sports like volleyball and squash as players can run into one another
  • Repetitive motions
    Certain sports and forms of exercise require participants to perform repetitive motions, which can cause injury. Sports like rowing, cycling and running are often associated with these types of injuries.
  • Over-training
    Sportspeople who don’t spend enough time recovering between sessions are at greater risk of suffering injuries from overuse of muscles or joints.
  • Failure to warm up properly
    Failure to warm up is one of the most common causes of injuries.

How chiropractic care can treat sports injuries

Here are some of the ways that chiropractic care can resolve sports injuries:

Realigning the spine after a neck injury

Neck injuries are quite common amongst sportspeople who play very physical sports like rugby and basketball.  Neck muscle strains and whiplash injuries can cause swelling around the neck along with pain and inflammation.  A chiropractor can perform some gentle adjustments to restore movement and alleviate neck pain.

Pinched Nerves

A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve is compressed by ligaments, tendons or bones.  This kind of injury often happens as a result of repetitive motions or over training.  A chiropractor can help by readjusting the alignment of your bones to relieve pressure on the nerve.

Muscle strains

Chiropractors can work with soft tissue strains, helping to restore movement and relieve pain.  Some chiropractors will use kinesio taping to support strained muscles, reduce inflammation, and resorted mobility.   The Graston Technique, heat therapy, and Active Release Therapy may also be used to heal muscle injuries caused while playing sport.

Back pain

Back pain is a very common sports injury.  It is associated with many sports including rowing, tennis, and rugby.  A chiropractor can help you deal with back injuries by realigning the spine in a way that relieves pain and restores mobility.

Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow

These conditions are caused by repetitive motions like swinging a tennis racket or golf club hundreds of times.  A chiropractor can provide treatments to help you regain mobility in the affected joint. 

How chiropractic care help you avoid sports injuries

Not only can a chiropractor help you treat sports injuries, they can help you avoid them by ensuring your musculoskeletal system is correctly aligned.  Some of the benefits of a correctly aligned musculoskeletal system include:

  • Less wear and tear on the body
    When your joints are aligned, you can avoid unnecessary wear and tear while playing sports. This means less strain on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Better balance
    Correct alignment of the musculoskeletal system can improve your balance and athleticism — which reduces the risk of falls and joint injuries.
  • Better flexibility
    Your flexibility will also improve by visiting a chiropractor regularly. This results in better agility on the sporting field, which helps you avoid collisions and resulting sports injuries.
  • Better muscle performance
    Having correctly align joints make it easier to harness the strength in your muscles. You will have great control over your strength, which helps you avoid injuries.

If you suffering from a sports injury why not visit our experienced chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

Give Your Back A Gift This Winter

back care advice from our newcastle  chiropractorIf you are suffering back pain then you’re not alone. One in four people will suffer back pain at some stage in their life. This of course is of little consolation to you. There is a high chance that you have been suffering back pain or recurrence of back pain for some time as research undertaken highlights that people in the UK will suffer for back pain for a month before seeking help with one in the never seeking any help.

You may have turned to over the counter medication to help relieve you pain. In some instances it may have helped, however, research indicates that medication may not be the answer for many cases of back pain. It may be surprising to know that exercise and stretching can prevent and improve back pain and along with manipulation can be the most effective treatment.

At our busy chiropractic clinic in Newcastle under Lyme our chiropractors are well used to treat patients who have been suffering back pain for some time. Many patients have come to accept their back pain as being something they have to live with even though it can often be having a detrimental impact on their life.

Our chiropractors at our award winning clinic are committed to erasing the phrase “you have to live with it” from our patients lives.

Chiropractic is a safe, effective and gentle treatment for patients of all ages. Chiropractors use techniques which focus on the gentle but effective non-invasive care of the spine (by aiming to maintain correct spinal alignment), joints and nervous system. You can read more about how chiropractic works here.

You really don’t need to live with your back pain – give your back a gift this Winter and visit our experienced chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

Here are just a few comments from patients who we have helped:

“Having suffered with my back for several years I was unsure which direction to take. I was advised to see a Chiropractor and that Newcastle was the best. They were spot on and I’m several months into my treatment and always improving.” – Danny B (Google review)

“After suffering from a bad back, I was prompted to come to this clinic, and I can honestly say, it was the best decision I have made for a long time, superb service.” Gillian W, Alsager (Google review)

“Was recommended Dr Finn to treat my back from a colleague. I have been on a journey from chronic back pain to relatively pain free. The treatment plan was explained thoroughly with regular reviews and progress discussion. A professional service with warm and welcoming staff. Would definitely recommend.” Kate H (Google review)

“Following months of excruciating pain following a slip disc & sciatic nerve problems, I nervously visited Dr Robert Finn to see if he could help. The treatment & care I have received from Robert & his team over the last 4 years has been amazing. He has given me my mobility back so that I can once again enjoy life! I now visit just once every 6 weeks to keep me in tip top shape.

Call us on 01782 711 191 to arrange an appointment.