If you suffer from chronic back pain, you will likely have started thinking more and more about seeing a chiropractor in Peterborough, especially if you are detered by the idea of surgery or taking prescription medications on a permenant basis. The only question is, can you see a chiropractor on the NHS?

Why NHS Funding Won’t Usually be Available

As a general rule, the NHS does not cover chiropractic treatments, specifically due to the fact that chiropractic care is considered purely complimentary. That said, there are some exeptions to this rule.

In many parts of the UK, the NHS is increasingly funding alternative and complimentary treatments for patients when these can be seen to be of genuine potential benefit. In every case, however, patients will first need to seek treatment via their regular GP and if treatment fails, discuss with their GP whether a chiropractic referal might be possible.

How to Choose a Chiropractor in Peterborough

Whether seeking private chiropractic care or NHS funded treatment, the most important thing to remember when looking for a chiropractor in Peterborough, is that any chiropractor you approach should be registered with the UK General Chiropractic Council (GCC). This way, you can be assured that your chiropractor is both fully qualified, licenced, and insured just like a regular doctor or dentist is required to be.

The Cost of Seeing a Chiropractor in Peterborough Privately

Even when NHS funding is available, many people choose to visit a chiropractor independently, usually in order to avoid the drawn out NHS referal process. What is more, seeing a chiropractor in Peterborough doesn’t have to be costly.

Private Health Insurance & Chiropractic Care

While NHS trusts might not cover chiropractic treatments, many private health insurance companies will. This being the case. Prior to making an appointment with a chiropractor in Peterborough, always check with private insurance providers to see if they have an approved list of practicioners and/or offer full or just partial appointment coverage.

Osteoarthritis is estimated to affect over 8 million people in the United Kingdom. Worse, aside from a handful of expensive and still largely experimental autoimmune therapies,  osteoarthritis is an incurable condition which will only ever worsen as time progresses. The good news, however, is that a chiropractor in Peterborough will often be able to help make living with osteoarthritis significantly easier.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis.

Arising from a disruption to our bodies natural repair processes, osteoarthritis predominantly effects joints where cartilage covering bones thins, bones themselves thicken, and tissue in surrounding joint areas becomes stiff and inflamed. Aside, however, from just the pain associated with osteoarthritis, excess bone growth will often also lead to joints becoming misshapen and misaligned, leading to serious mobility and quality of life issues.

How a Chiropractor in Peterborough Can help

Because chiropractic adjustments are designed to correct spine and joint misalignments, osteoarthritis patients can benefit significantly from regular chiropractic sessions. A chiropractor in Peterborough won’t be able to prevent inflammation, cartilage degeneration, or the thickening of bone in joint areas. What a chiropractor can do, however, is realign joints to as natural a degree as possible and in doing so, help maintain ranges of motion and joint suppleness for as long as possible.

Better Nervous System Health Benefits

In regular pharmacological based medicine, doctors attempt to treat osteoarthritis by using drugs to suppress the bodies immune system. Either this or they use powerful anti-inflammatory drugs to tackle the symptoms of swelling around joints. A chiropractor, however, can help reduce inflammation by remediating the misalignment problems which give rise to such swelling in the first place. This, in turn, signals the immune system to stop attempting to repair damage and in doing so, can provide osteoarthritis patients with longer pain-free periods between flare-ups.

Chiropractic Care as a Complementary form of Osteoarthritis Treatment

In Peterborough and elsewhere, many osteoarthritis patients are reluctant to experiment with new treatment approaches due to the potentially debilitating nature of their condition.

In 99% of cases, patients who experience the direct benefits of chiropractic adjustments for the first time, wonder why chiropractic care isn’t already much more popular.

People can suffer from herniated disks and other forms of back pain for years. Suddenly, however, their pain is gone and their posture is significantly improved after just a single visit to a chiropractor in Peterborough. What is more, people subsequently realize that the only reason they initially put off treatment, was because they didn’t understand how chiropractic care approaches work.

The above being the case, we’ve put together a list of some common chiropractic care questions which if left unanswered, often deter people from chiropractic manipulation.

What causes popping and snapping sounds during chiropractic adjustments?

If you are deterred by the popping sounds often associated with chiropractic care you really shouldn’t be. Audible sounds are only heard when a joint or bone is successfully manipulated in such a way that it moves slightly and creates a vacuum in the space it leaves behind. The pop people hear is subsequently just the sound of a vacuum being filled as joints and bones are reset in accordance with what their true alignment should be.

Are chiropractic treatments safe for the very young & elderly?

If you are considering making an appointment with a chiropractor in Peterborough, you might be worried in regard to whether or not your body is capable of enduring the physical stress of chiropractic adjustments. In reality, however, adjustments can be performed safely on both the very young and elderly. This is because adjustments themselves don’t involve the application of force or unnatural physical pressure. Instead, a chiropractor simply manipulates joints and vertebra in the spine, in a way which is completely sympathetic to how bones and joints expect to be manipulated.

Why do chiropractors say that they can help more than just back pain?

Many people struggle to accept the fact that chiropractic care can help alleviate the symptoms of everything from chronic headaches to insomnia. The spine and musculoskeletal structure, however, is intrinsically linked with all other parts of the human central nervous system. This being the case, chiropractic treatments and adjustments are proven to help alleviate symptoms associated with a wide variety of conditions. All you need to do to start understanding more about how chiropractic care works, is meet with a chiropractor in Peterborough in order to start discussing what kinds of treatment might be possible.

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According to an April 2017 Wired magazine article, a staggering 1 in 4 people in the UK will be diagnosed as suffering from mental illness at some point. What is worse, rising incidences of mental illness in Peterborough itself, are why Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust teamed up with Mind in 2016, in order to create an emergency mental health sanctuary in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.

Of course, most people are aware that mental health problems are on the rise in the UK. What many people aren’t aware of, however, is the fact that visiting a Chiropractor in Peterborough can sometimes be just as effective when it comes to treating minor forms of mental illness, as visiting your local GP can be.

How a Chiropractor in Peterborough Might be able to Help

At the Peterborough Chiropractic Health & Wellness Group, it is a common misconception that we only ever treat lower back pain. Instead, people visiting our practice will often do so to in order to seek effective treatment for everything from lower back pain, to sciatica, and even high blood pressure problems. The big question, though, is can we really help alleviate symptoms of conditions like depression also?

Curing Chronic Pain to Cure Poor Mental Health Problems

As noted by several medical and psychiatric studies, people who suffer from chronic physical pain, poor mobility, and chronic physical discomfort, will often also experience depression and anxiety. This being the case, if you do suffer depression as a result of chronic back pain, it is only natural that a chiropractor in Peterborough might be able to help. The benefits, however, of chiropractic care approaches when it comes to mental health problems, go beyond just benefits associated with the relief of chronic musculoskeletal discomfort.

In June 2013, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research in the United States published details of a study in which 76% of people undergoing chiropractic treatments reported increased mood, positivity, and generally better emotional health, in the months immediately following chiropractic treatment. The only question is why?

Understanding the Link Between Mental Health Problems & the Central Nervous System

Usually, when a person presents symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, they will be prescribed drugs which will work to try and rebalance dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain. Moreover, GP’s and psychiatrists prescribe such medication, due to the fact that we know that a person’s mood and emotional well-being is directly related to chemical and hormonal imbalances in the body. Did you know, however, that chiropractic care approaches can also help correct such imbalances?

Every moment of every day, the human body strives to achieve a state of what medical science refers to as homeostasis. This is a state of perfect chemical and hormonal equilibrium. Moreover, when this state of equilibrium is for some reason not achievable, serious physical and mental well-being problems can manifest as a result.

Thankfully, at the Peterborough Chiropractic Health & Wellness Group, we know just how important equilibrium is to a person’s general well-being. In fact, chiropractors have known for many years that misalignment of the spine can cause a host of neurological and central nervous system problems. The only question is, could your anxiety or depression stem from something as easily correctable as a slight spinal disk misalignment?

100% Safe & Non-Invasive Treatment

Do you suffer from high-stress, anxiety, depression, and/or chronic pain? If so, there is no downside to making an appointment with a chiropractor in Peterborough for an initial consultation. This is because chiropractic care never involves the prescription of medication or invasive surgery of any kind.

We make people feel better without any kind of side effects. All you need to do is reach out to us directly to ask us how we might be able to help you or your loved ones specifically.

It’s no secret that the majority of people who book an appointment with a chiropractor in Peterborough do so because of chronic pain and musculoskeletal discomfort. What is more, it is also true that those who suffer chronically from such symptoms will often do anything to alleviate them.

Given the above, as well (and occasionally instead) of chiropractic treatment plans, many people with lower back pain and similar conditions often look into acupuncture as a potential cure for their chronic pain. The only question is, which treatment method might be right for you and what are the real pros and cons of each?

The Noninvasive Benefits of both Acupuncture & Chiropractic Treatments

By far the biggest benefit of both acupuncture and chiropractic care regards the fact that both treatment approaches are completely non-invasive. Whether you see a chiropractor in Peterborough or a local acupuncture therapist, at no point will you be prescribed medication which could have adverse side effects and at no point will you be subject to invasive surgery or other clinical approaches. This being the case, at least testing the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments and acupuncture therapy is the logical choice for people who might otherwise elect for surgery and/or regular pain medication. 

Potential Disadvantages of Acupuncture as Opposed to Chiropractic Care

While both a chiropractor in Peterborough and a local acupuncture therapist will provide risk-free forms of treatment, the chief benefit of chiropractic care over acupuncture, lies with the fact that it is the only one of the two treatment options which is backed by certified medical science.

As well as studies in medical journals which regularly show the proven advantages of chiropractic care, many scholars and medical professionals are able to pinpoint the exact mechanisms which chiropractic treatments use to promote better well-being and pain relief. Acupuncture on the other hand, does not benefit from any such understanding. Much more importantly, while circumstantial evidence exists which seems to prove that acupuncture can help cure a wide variety of ailments, no such evidence is currently backed by comprehensive clinical trials or peer reviewed studies.

Does this mean that Acupuncture is Purely a Pseudoscience?

Based on traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has existed for thousands of years. Much more importantly, everyone from everyday people to celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, and Sandra Bullock, all swear by acupuncture as a fantastic way to really cure chronic pain and help overcome much more serious illnesses.

Given that acupuncture is so strongly supported (albeit circumstantially) it would be doing acupuncture a disservice to say that acupuncture therapy approaches do not yield real results. What is more, many chiropractors themselves appreciate that acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments and are steadily helping give rise to a new field of medicine referred to as chiropractic acupuncture. The only question is, which of the two therapies should you choose between if chiropractic acupuncture isn’t available in your area?

Should you see a Chiropractor in Peterborough or an Acupuncture Therapist?

As a rule, neither a chiropractor in Peterborough or a local acupuncture therapist will ever advise a patient not to try either one of the two treatment forms. If you are in pain, the most important thing is that you find a real way to manage and/or alleviate this effectively. This being the case, always think about at least experimenting with both treatment approaches. After all, with both being completely noninvasive, you literally have nothing to lose by at least testing the effectiveness of each form of therapy.

Misconceptions are abundant when it comes to scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor in Peterborough. Chiropractors, after all, aren’t really real doctors are they? Chiropractic adjustments and care practices, (in many peoples minds) are more in line with more pseudo-scientific medical disciplines such as acupuncture. In reality, however, such assumptions are completely false. This is because chiropractic care is medically proven to be just as effective as more traditional allopathic medical approaches when treating a wide range of disorders.

How chiropractic care was first established

Discovered almost by accident, the benefits of chiropractic adjustments were first realised when a teacher and magnetic healer by the name of Daniel David Palmer, noticed that his janitor seemed to have a misaligned vertebra. Having lost his hearing at the same time as hearing a loud ‘pop’ in his back, Daniel David Palmer subsequently took it upon himself to manually adjust his janitor’s vertebra back into position and within 24-hours, Harvey, Palmer’s janitor, had fully recovered his hearing as a result.

Of course, initially, Daniel David Palmer attempted to promote his chiropractic adjustments as a cure for all known bodily maladies. Today, however, if you are thinking about seeking advice from a chiropractor in Peterborough, your practitioner will be much more realistic when it comes to discussing the benefits.

Early development of chiropractic care & legal challenges

While we know today that there are limits to what chiropractic adjustments can and cannot remedy, many of the conditions which we know can be improved were nevertheless discovered by Daniel David Palmer himself. There was only one problem. Namely, many osteopathic practitioners were at first very resistant to the idea of chiropractic centred treatments. In fact, despite clear similarities between the two medical approaches, the latter fought to see many early chiropractors (including Daniel David Palmer himself) jailed for practising medicine without a license.

Thankfully, many osteopathic practitioners also realised the many benefits of chiropractic treatments. This being the case, the first successful legal challenge won by early chiropractors in 1907 in Wisconsin, was won thanks to defence mounted on an osteopathic text book which touted the benefits of mixed chiropractic and osteopathic treatments.

Chiropractic treatments in the 20th century

Gradually legalised in all 50 American states between 1913 and 1974, chiropractic treatments finally started to garner the interest of medical scholars from the early 1990’s onwards. The good news for patients, in this case, is that while first-hand results of chiropractic adjustments have by and large always been very obvious, there is now growing scientific literature which demonstrates the benefits of seeing a chiropractor in Peterborough (or anywhere) to help alleviate a wide range of bodily ailments.

To demonstrate, as well as numerous studies which show chiropractic treatments to be effective for curing chronic back pain, studies such as one carried out in 2014 by  Kolberg C, Horst A, Moraes MS, et al, show that chiropractic adjustments can actually reduce oxidative stress in the human body, whilst simultaneously encouraging increased antioxidant levels equivocal to those benefited from by people who eat diets rich in fruit and vegetables.

Should you seek the help of a Chiropractor in Peterborough?

From chronic back pain to chronic high blood pressure, chiropractic manipulation today is just as well thought of as conventional medicine. This being the case, it always pays to at least inquire about how a chiropractor might be able to help with whatever malady you might be suffering with. In fact, this is especially true given that chiropractic treatments are completely noninvasive. The only question is, are you ready to find out if your condition could be so easily remedied?

If you are a long term sufferer of chronic back pain, tension headaches, or a variety of other musculoskeletal problems, you have probably at least heard of the therapeutic benefits of everything from massage to acupuncture, to professional chiropractic adjustments. The key question, however, is how do you finally decide whether or not to see a chiropractor in Peterborough over someone like a professional masseuse in the first place?

Understanding the Benefits of Both Massage & Chiropractic Treatments

When trying to decide between a chiropractor in Peterborough and a professional massage therapist, it is important for all patients to understand that neither chiropractic care or massage therapy directly compete against each other. In fact, practitioners of both alternative therapies will often celebrate the different benefits of each form of therapy. What is important to understand, however, is the different ways which both massage and chiropractic adjustments can be of benefit.

When you Should Probably see a Chiropractor in Peterborough

As a rule, chiropractic treatments focus on the professional diagnosis and physical correction of misaligned joints, nerves, and spinal disks, in order to alleviate pain and suffering. This is why chiropractors will often use clinical diagnostic tests such as x-rays and laboratory blood work to identify physical musculoskeletal alignment problems which after diagnosis, a chiropractor can attempt to physically correct.

Given the above, if pain is specifically musculoskeletal and sufferers have been experiencing symptoms for a relatively long period of time, it will always be best to visit a chiropractor in Peterborough. This way, a chiropractor can investigate what physical spine, joint, and nerve relationships might be giving rise to discomfort in the first place.

When Visiting a Massage Therapist might be of more Immediate Benefit

Because a chiropractor in Peterborough will usually focus on the health and optimal alignment of physical hard bone structures, it might be a good idea to seek assistance from a professional massage therapist when symptoms which people are presenting are predominantly soft tissue based.

Do you suffer from muscle cramping, spasms, soft tissue related old sports injuries, or even simply high stress and anxiety? If so, visiting a massage therapist will usually be of more immediate benefit than a trip to a local chiropractor in Peterborough. This is because massage therapy can directly address all such soft tissue issues by encouraging the more sympathetic movement of blood and nutrients around problem areas, whilst releasing stress and promoting the bodies own natural healing responses.

The Many Overlaps Between Massage & Chiropractic Care

While it should always be considered best practice to distinguish between chiropractors and massage therapists by looking at the specific tissue groups which each discipline focuses on, it is also important to remember that there are overlaps when it comes to chiropractic care and massage therapy.

In both massage therapy and chiropractic care, patients can find relief from everything from insomnia to high blood pressure and tension headaches. This being the case, when choosing between therapeutic approaches, it can always be a good idea to book consultations with practitioners of both forms of alternative therapy, in order to ask questions directly pertaining to how each might be able to treat your specific medical condition.

 

If you are planning on visiting a chiropractor in Peterborough, there is a high likelihood that you are one of millions of people in the UK who suffer from chronic lower back and neck pain. Contrary to popular belief, however, chiropractic isn’t just effective at treating relatively common musculoskeletal disorders.

Did you know that peer reviewed research consistently shows that chiropractic treatments can help alleviate pain associated with everything from recurring ear infections to more complex neurological conditions? If not, the following may make interesting reading, as we run down 10 of the most surprising medical conditions which a chiropractor in Peterborough (or anywhere) can help cure.

High Blood Pressure (Also known as Hypertension)

People who suffer from hypertension will often be required to take medication for the rest of their lives in order to decrease chances of serious complications such as strokes and aneurysms. It has been proven, however, that chiropractic vertebral subluxations can balance both high and low blood pressure just as effectively as many forms of medication.

Multiple Sclerosis

Did you know that visiting a chiropractor in Peterborough could help alleviate certain symptoms associated with MS?

While not being able to provide an all out cure, MRI scans have shown that MS sufferers can benefit from chiropractic adjustments thanks to increased blood and cerebral fluid flow, as well as significantly reduced brain plaquing.

Recurring Ear Infections

If you suffer from recurring ear infections, you will no doubt be surprised to discover that in the majority of cases, infections can be significantly reduced via chiropractic treatments and adjustments.

Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s Palsy is a debilitating condition in which facial muscles and muscles around the jaw can become either completely or partially paralyzed. Regular chiropractic treatment, however, is proven to be able to expedite recovery and significantly improve patient quality of life.

Irritable Bowel Disease

If you suffer from irritable bowel disease, visiting a chiropractor in Peterborough would likely be the last thing which you would consider. Chiropractic treatments, however, are documented as being effective when it comes to managing IBS symptoms, presumably due to the nature of interconnected nerves between the gut and brain.

Premenstrual Discomfort (PMS)

In several clinical trials in which PMS patients were separated into groups treated with a placebo and groups who were treated with chiropractic adjustments, each group which was treated using chiropractic care approaches consistently showed the greatest reduction in PMS discomfort.

Headaches & Migraines

It is no secret that migraines can be debilitating for chronic sufferers, visiting a chiropractor in Peterborough, however, might be able to help. This is because chiropractic neck and spinal adjustments are routinely proven to be just as effective (if not more than effective) when treating migraines, as pharmacology based pain relief.

Sciatica

If you suffer from sciatica, you owe it to yourself to visit a chiropractor, simply due to the fact that chiropractic adjustments have the highest documented success rate when it comes to reducing pain and completely curing sciatica symptoms.

Lower Back Pain

A staggering 56% of lower back pain sufferers are documented as reporting significant improvements in their condition after receiving chiropractic adjustments. What is more, this compares to just 13% of patients who report as dramatic improvements thanks to more conventional medical treatment approaches.

Arthritis

If you suffer from arthritis, you will know just how debilitating the condition can be to live with on a day to day basis. The good news, however, is that while chiropractic care can not treat arthritis completely, it can increase mobility, reduce pain, and result in significantly improved quality of life for patients.

Do you suffer from any of the above conditions? If so, it might be worth your time visiting a chiropractor in Peterborough, especially if conventional treatment plans which you have already tried have left you with little to no improvement in your condition. The only question is, are you ready to start feeling better finally?

If you are looking for a chiropractor in Peterborough, there is a strong likelihood that you are suffering from chronic lower back pain. Moreover, if you are suffering from lower back pain in Peterborough, you are far from alone. In fact, in 2015, the BBC reported that almost half of 16-24-year-olds had been found by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) to be living with chronic bouts of back and neck pain.

Why Backpain is Becoming so Prevalent

For the most part, back pain in Peterborough and elsewhere is on the rise due to poor posture brought about due to increases in more sedentary, often desk based working habits. The good news, however, is that there are several simple lifestyle changes which people can implement to help prevent back pain completely.

Exercise & Regular Stretching

Do you sometimes wish that you could rid yourself of your those extra few pounds around your waist finally? If so, it’s no secret that regular exercise is vital for weight loss and in general good health. However, when it comes to lower back pain, regular exercise is also the No.1 way to prevent problems before they start. This is because low impact cardiovascular exercise helps strengthen lower back muscles, whilst simultaneously facilitating better circulation around the lower back area.

The Importance of Posture & Correct Heavy Handling

The majority of people who develop lower back pain in Peterborough do so due to long periods of time spent sitting and slouching over desks. This being the case, the No.1 way for desk workers and long distance drivers to prevent lower back pain is to use ergonomic chairs and remember to take regular breaks to stand and exercise.

Of course, when back pain starts, it usually does so suddenly after lifting and handling heavy objects. This is because poor lower back strength brought in about by poor posture and exercise can lead to spinal disk herniations coming about suddenly when extra weight is placed on the spine. Thankfully, even people with poor core strength can prevent such problems from occurring by knowing their limits and always lifting heavy items by bending the knees and employing other safe heavy handling techniques.

Diet & Healthier Lifestyle Choices

Do you suffer from lower back pain in Peterborough, despite exercising regularly and maintaining the best posture possible throughout the day? If so, it is important to remember that simple things like dehydration, smoking, and poor diet can dramatically exasperate even minor lower back problems. This is because all such habits impede circulation whilst simultaneously depriving the spine and central nervous system from the nutrients which it needs to maintain pain-free maneuverability and in general good health.

Sleeping & High-Stress Levels

When you seek help from a chiropractor in Peterborough, one of the first things which they will ask is how well you are sleeping. This is because poor sleeping postures, insomnia, and high stress can all cause and exasperate lower back pain. The good news, however, is that changing a mattress and/or staying away from electronic gadgets for an hour prior to sleeping can sometimes help completely alleviate such symptoms.

Are you suffering from back pain in Peterborough? If so, let us help. Book an appointment with one of our chiropractors today and we will do everything we can to assess and treat your condition, regardless of what the underlying cause might be.

Daniel O’Sullivan
Peterborough Chiropractor (Peterborough Chiropractic Health and Wellness Group)