Are you experiencing pain and discomfort in your neck and back? Do you feel a certain type of pain in the chest or abdomen? Does your headache never seem to go away? You may be having a spinal disorder that directly, or indirectly, irritates the nerves which serve all areas of the body. Studies have proven that most spinal problems start in childhood, even before clinical symptoms arise. It can be reversible if identified at an early stage, that’s why it’s essential for children to undergo spinal examinations. The cases mentioned above can all be addressed by a chiropractor. A chiropractor establishes two specific goals for a patient’s individual plan for treatment:Short Term Goal – includes pain reduction and restoration of normal joint function and muscle balanceLong Term Goal – includes restoration of functional independence and tolerance to usual activitiesChiropractic care particularly addresses musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders, unlike massage therapy which only targets muscular issues such as muscle spasms. Chiropractors also focus on the spine, joints and hard tissues. Other issues that chiropractic care treats effectively are headaches, ear infections, tendonitis, insomnia and tension.Why visit a chiropractor then? Chiropractors are specifically trained to recognize the sources of these problems. They can then recommend, carry out and teach therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. These are combination of treatments used to treat your condition. Additionally, they might even use massage within the treatment course. But the most common technique that they put in practice to treat back or neck pain is spinal manipulation or adjustment. Does it hurt? Definitely not! During the initial visit, chiropractors carefully check your history and symptoms for any pre-existing medical condition or prior injuries and past and current health providers and treatments. This is done before a chiropractic exam which includes several tests like blood pressure, pulse, respiration and other tests to assess the range of motion of the affected area, muscle tone, muscle strength and neurological integrity.In short, chiropractors assess your condition carefully before they come up with a treatment plan. Chislehurst Chiropractic Clinic provides a unique blend of chiropractic, progressive rehab and wellness care. Call us on 0208 295 1733 or send us an email to [email protected] to arrange an appointment or to learn more.