We are now open to all patients. Please book an appointment or call Matthew who will advise you how best to proceed.

Where Does it Hurt?

We are always delighted to discuss any problems or concerns that you have, either over the phone or in person. Give the clinic a ring on 023 8028 4666 or drop us an email and one of our chiropractors will call you back.

Head Problems

Patients frequently mention headaches, and once we have established that there is nothing of concern causing the headaches, we can discuss whether chiropractic care might be useful. If the headache is caused by muscles and joints in the neck (‘cervicogenic’ headache), then we can start to treat the neck and the headaches are likely to improve. Similarly, if we can identify a musculoskeletal cause of migraine, then we can work to prevent the onset of migraine. There are some types of headache that need to be seen by a doctor, but we are trained to identify these headaches and to make the appropriate referral.

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Neck Problems

Neck pain and stiffness is a common presenting complaint here in Lyndhurst, and is typically caused by deterioration in the joints or spasms in the neck muscles. There is frequently a postural problem, either desk, driving or sleeping, aggravating things. These sorts of neck problems usually respond well to a combination of manual therapy, postural changes and strengthening exercises.

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Shoulder Problems

The most common cause of shoulder pain in adults is some form of rotator cuff disorder. The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles and their associated tendons, situated deep underneath the larger, more obvious shoulder muscles. The rotator cuff (not ‘rotor-cuff!’) plays a vital role in co-ordinating the ball and socket shoulder joint while the bigger muscles do the actual heavy lifting. Pain felt when trying to raise the arm to the side, when lying on the affected shoulder and when dressing or undressing are all signs of a rotator cuff or associated problem. Thankfully, chiropractors are well able to identify and manage most soft-tissue shoulder complaints with a combination of manual therapy and home exercises. We may well arrange a diagnostic ultrasound examination to better understand which structures are involved, and we may advise you to discuss the problem with your GP in addition to our care if we feel that you will benefit from such co-management.

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Upper Limb

Pain around the elbow is frequently associated with a repetitive strain on the tendons and their attachment to the bones in the elbow. Depending on the exact location and muscles involved, this is typically referred to as Tennis or Golfers elbow, and may be caused by over-use or faulty mechanics in the forearm or shoulder. Desk or working posture may also aggravate matters. Chiropractors can diagnose and manage the elbow pain with manual therapy and exercises, and will usually look through the rest of the arm and shoulder for any biomechanical issues likely to prevent recovery.

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Back Problems

Back pain is the most common problem that we see here in Lyndhurst, and can occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes pain starts following an obvious bending or twisting movement, or perhaps a long flight or a car journey. Other people experience a longer, more gradual development of their pain. However the pain started, Chiropractors are trained to ask the important questions and to perform a detailed examination to make certain that your pain is suitable for manual therapy. Once we have established that we can safely look after you, we use specific joint and muscle techniques, together with advice on how to go about your daily activities, and once you are improving, we introduce a programme of home exercises and other lifestyle advice to reduce the likelihood of re-occurrence.

Sciatica refers to leg pain that is caused by irritation to a nerve as it leaves the spine and passes down the back of the leg. There are several causes of nerve irritation including a bulging (“slipped”) disc or degenerative changes to the joints and ligaments in the low back. We can diagnose the likely cause of the irritation and help to make the sciatica more manageable with specific advice on how to move without causing further irritation to the nerve, as well as to mobilise the joints and soft tissues in the low back. We are vigilant to the signs and symptoms that suggest there is a more serious problem going on, and we act promptly by referring you to your GP or to A&E if we think this is indicated.

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Lower Limb

Knees and hips are the largest joint in the body and because they are weight-bearing, they are prone to wear. Surgical management of a worn knee or hip is now a very regular and routine procedure, and patients usually do well following surgery. Chiropractors have an important role to play in managing arthritic joints in the early days by maintaining as full a range of movement as possible and working on any muscle imbalances that are placing inappropriate loads on the joint and hence accelerating the deterioration. Patients who live a very sedentary life, for example, typically have short and tight muscles at the front of their hips and weak buttock muscles at the back of the joint. When standing, the tight muscles at the front tend to pull the ball forwards against the front of the socket and this aggravates matters. Our approach to helping with the early management of an arthritic hip or knee is to release the tight muscles, strengthen the weak muscles with home exercises and to mobilise the joint with some gentle manipulation. Manual therapy and home exercises can slow the rate of wear and make the joint more comfortable with the aim of delaying surgery for as long as possible.

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Ankle and Foot

Ankle sprains are a commonly occurring injury both in everyday life and within sport. In conjunction with A&E, your GP or team medical officer, chiropractors can assess and help in the short term management of an ankle sprain. We are likely to assess the ligaments and test the ankle and foot joints to establish whether there is any further dysfunction, before working to reduce any swelling, support the joint possibly with tape and give home exercises to restore normal motion as soon as possible.

Plantar fasciitis causes pain under the sole of the foot, typically towards the heel. It is usually at its worst when you first put your foot on the floor after prolonged rest or sleep, and is usually regarded as the end-result of musculoskeletal problems elsewhere in the leg. We often find tight and tender calf muscles and possibly a tender Achilles tendon on the affected side. Plantar fasciitis responds well to appropriate home exercise as well as manual therapy to the foot and associated structures.

If you think that you have a problem that we have not mentioned here, then please give us a ring and we can discuss whether we are likely to be able to help.

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