Most people in Kingston and Thames Ditton will have heard that chiropractic treatment is very helpful for people suffering from back and neck pain, this is because restoring spinal joint function inhibits pain and reduces muscles spasm. Back pain is the most common reason patients visit Spinal Joint in Kingston and Thames Ditton. People usually feel improvent immidiatly and the benefits of chiropractic care for Back Pain is supported by the NHS’s NICE guidlines which reccomends spinal manipulation by skilled practitioners for back pain
Chiropractic is based on the principle that living organisms have incredible healing and adaptive capacities which respond to physical, chemical and emotional stress. The nervous system coordinates and controls every physiological system the body requires for good health, the spine and skull protect it.
Whilst forming this protective structure, the spine has to allow joint movement between each vertebra. Chiropractic theory maintains that by keeping the nervous system free from interference and maintaining normal spinal joint function, the body’s neural communication network works better, enabling cells and organs to perform their respective functions and contribute to better health and wellbeing.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Chiropractic: “A health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromuscular system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment with a particular focus on subluxations. Joint dysfunction where physiological integrity of the spinal joint is altered”(WHO 2005)
I, Richard Lanigan DC. MSc Originally trained as a PE teacher in the 70s. Moved to Denmark 1979 to play football where a serious knee injury got me focused on rehabilitation and fitness techniques. In the 80s injured joints were immobilised in plaster for 12 weeks, now it is universally accepted, that joints need to move and maintain their normal range of motion, the same principle applies to vertebral joint dysfunction (subluxation) and its affect on health and performance.
In the 80s I was fitness and rehab consultant to the Danish national badminton teams, handball teams and many club sides. I was one of the pioneeres of the type of warm up, stretching and resistance training programes which are now the norm in sport. I helped prepare many athletes for the 1984 and 88 Olympics. ThenI started working with chiropractor Ole Wessung DC, who demonstrated the effectiveness of Chiropractic. In 1990 I decided to move back to the UK to study chiropractic at Anglo European College of Chiropractic gaining my DC (doctor of chiropractic) in 1995. I was student president for two years between 1993-1995 and was ellected the chiropractic professions representative on the chiropractic regulatory body (GCC) in 2007, I received a Masters in Health Promotion from Brunel Universityin 2004 and in 2008 was awarded a Fellowship by the UK College of Chiropractors. In January 2009 I resigned from the UK’s General Chiropractic Council register in a letterbecause among other things they failed to maintain international standards of chiropractic education in the UK.
The initial chiropractic visit includes taking a “medical” history, physical examination and spinal correction; Cost £60. Subsequent visits during the acute phase cost £45 which lasts approximately two weeks. Some people chose to stop when they are out of pain others want to rehab their spine with exercises and maintain it with visits every few months. These visits dont take very long, and are similar to what I do with my own family and as long as the clients are following a maintenance programme only cost £35 per visit.
There are many anecdotal reports of all sorts of conditions benefiting from chiropractic care. I see these positive responses every day in practice. Skeptics would call these effects placebo, I explain
these responses as the effect spinal joint dysfunction can have on organ function and the “autonomic nervous system” (ANS). The vast majority of patients who present at Spinal Joint have musculoskeletal conditions. In 2008 we did an analysis of all the conditions patents had presented with. Some patients might have 2 or three different complaints and I would say the vast majority of them benefited from chiropractic care.
Sensory information that drives ANS activity arises from three sources Fig 1: The surface of the body from sensory nerve receptors in skin and muscles in the form of stretch, pressure, and temperture changes. (A); The external environment in the form of light and sound, special sensory receptors (C); and and stimulus from the internal viscera (B). However it should be remembered the density of sensory endings in the viscera is very low (10%) compared to sensory endings muscles and skin. This means that while there is a very high chance of chiropractic benefiting conditions related to the musculoskeletal system its not going to be nearly as high for visceral conditions.
In skilled hands a chiropractic spinal adjusment is perfectly safe. I participated in this study and have practised in Kingston since 1995, I have never witnessed a serious adverse response to chiropractic and rarely witness people feeling worse after an adjustment.