Chiropractic puts the focus on your bones, muscles and joints.
Chiropractic is a primary health care profession, being the third largest after medicine and dentistry and there are over ten million visits to chiropractors in the UK each year. Chiropractic is a regulated profession overseen by the General Chiropractic Council and as such is governed by statute. This means that all chiropractors are required to keep up to date with continuing professional development (CPD) so you can be sure that you will receive the best possible care for your complaint.
Chiropractors treat problems with joints, muscles and nerves, including all joints of the body but mainly concentrating on the spine. This is achieved by using gentle specific manipulation which chiropractors call adjustments. There are two main aspects to musculoskeletal health that chiropractors focus on – skeletal alignment and joint function. Skeletal alignment can become distorted either by direct trauma such as a fall or impact or slowly over time with poor posture or muscular imbalances associated with repetitive stress. Joint function is reduced as a result of scar tissue formation following a strain injury to ligaments.
Just as walking on the outside of shoes will cause them to wear more quickly, the same is true of joints under excess loading which is the underlaying mechanism of osteo-arthritis. A twisted pelvis will create a short leg and uneven loading through the hips and lower back. A pronated or flat foot will cause internal rotation of the knee on that side. An overly tight pectoralis muscle will cause internal rotation of the shoulder joint. Whiplash will cause weakened postural neck muscles and anterior head carriage. By restoring joint function and improving skeletal alignment with chiropractic adjustments the body can heal, repair and be restored towards optimum health.
Kinetic Chiropractic Clinic opened in August and its principle chiropractor Nina Sawczyn BSC MSC DC graduated from the AECC in 2004. She spent her first three years in practice in Costa Rica which “was a fantastic experience as well as challenging”. She returned to the UK in 2007 and has been based in Worksop for the last ten years where she still currently practices three days a week.
Chiropractic is suitable for everyone, from babies to the elderly and over the years, Nina has treated thousands of people from all walks of life. Chiropractors look at each person individually and will tailor a treatment plan specific to each person’s needs and overall health challenges and ultimate goals. They do not use drugs or surgery, it is very safe, has a large body of evidence supporting its outcomes and is supported in numerous government guidelines.
“My youngest patient was just a couple of weeks old and had a difficult delivery requiring forceps,” Nina says. “Her neck was restricted and laying constantly on her back with her head to the left was causing her cranial bones to flatten on that side (plagiocephaly).
“With just a few very gentle treatments her neck movement was restored and once she started laying with her head to the right her cranial bones corrected quickly and her head shape was beautiful.”
Her eldest patient to date was a lady called Mabel. “Mabel was a marvellously funny lady who at 96 had asked her GP why her right knee hurt so much,” explains Nina. “The GP responded ‘well Mabel, you have to expect some aches and pains at your age,’ to which she shot back, ‘well my left knee is 96 and that doesn’t hurt at all!’.”
Health is a sliding scale which is in constant motion. Sometimes we are moving up that scale with exercise, great diet, getting rested sleep and enjoying new hobbies or relationships. At other times we are sliding down that scale when life gets stressful such as moving house, changing jobs, divorce or losing a loved one. At these times it is more likely that we are paying less attention to our health choices. Once our bodies reach a critical point of load we experience symptoms such as headaches, neck or back pain, getting a cold or an upset stomach. These symptoms are our bodies’ way of telling us that it can no longer cope with the level of stress.
“If we rely upon medication to mask these symptoms we may as well be taking the battery out of our smoke alarm!” Nina says. “If we continue without addressing the underlying issues our bodies will continue to struggle and our health will deteriorate further. This in turn will lead to more medication and more symptoms.”
Talk to your chiropractor or GP and ask why you may be getting symptoms and what lifestyle changes you can make to help your body heal and repair rather than rushing for a pill.
“Look after your body, you can’t buy a new one and the repair parts are never quite a good as the original. Your body is the most precious thing you’ll ever own,” Nina concludes.
To book in for an appointment at Kinetic Chiropractic Clinic as either a new patient or for a free screening please call 07796 280233 and rest assured that all COVID procedures and PPE is in place for your safety.
292 Abbeydale Road South Sheffield, S17 3LP
Tel: 07796 280233