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At Exeter Chiropractors traditional techniques in chiropractic, massage and acupuncture are combined with modern, advanced technologies like deep tissue laser therapy, spinal decompression and instrument assisted adjusting. 

Treatment is varied and always tailored to the individual to get the best results possible. All patients are provided with advice on exercises and lifestyle to supplement their care with the aim of making long term improvements, we call it team work!

Lower Back Pain

This has become one of the most common reasons for people to take time off work and therefore it is no surprise that this is the number one reason that people come and see us! Research has shown that most of us will experience back pain and its complications in our lives. For some of us this will go on to become a chronic debilitating condition.

The lower back or spine has two jobs, to move and give you flexibility and also to protect your spinal chord. Because the spine needs to move it is made of many individual parts, the bones or vertebra, the intervertebral discs, ligaments, tendons and muscles. All of these parts work together to support and move the spine. Bad movements, lifting injuries or poor posture stress parts of the spine and can cause mechanical problems to develop.

Chiropractic has been shown to be one of the most effective treatment options for low back pain in a number of clinical trials over the years and is now included in the NICE guidelines for your GP to follow when recommending care options to you.

A chiropractor will perform a thorough examination to accurately diagnose the cause of the problem and determine the best treatment options for you.

Neck Pain

It is very common for adults to experience neck and shoulder pain at some point in their life. Neck pain and its related problems can become incapacitating for sufferers.

Injury and postural problems are the most common causes of neck pain. Other causes include trauma, stress, and falling asleep in an awkward position.

Chiropractic care has been shown to be extremely effective in treating neck pain. Treatment is tailored to the individual and always includes exercises and advice on ergonomics because our priority is getting you out of pain and keeping you out of pain.


Nerves from the lower part of the spine go down below the waist into the pelvic area and the buttocks and legs. Any symptoms below the waist including pain, pins & needles, numbness or tingling are normally due to 'pinched' or 'irritated' nerves in the lower back. The general term for symptoms including pain felt in the leg is sciatica. Because the leg symptoms arise from a problem in the lower back, chiropractors are able to diagnose and then treat the underlying back problem causing the sciatica. 

Common problems that cause pinching of the nerve are a slipped or herniated disc, stenosis due to degenerative changes, spondylolisthesis, facet syndrome and many others. The most important thing in resolving sciatica is to accurately diagnose the problem so that it can be treated effectively.

Treatment varies considerably depending on the cause of the sciatica and factors like how long the complaint has persisted, the age of the patient and general health of the patient.

At Exeter Chiropractors we have a wide range of available options in the treatment of sciatica to suit all different types of complaint and patient. If you would like further information then please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Damage to the intervertebral disc that sits between the vertebra of the spine is very common and one of the most common problems we see in clinic. There are several common terms used to describe a slipped disc:

  • slipped disc
  • bulging disc
  • herniated disc
  • prolapsed disc

The intervertebral disc is made of two parts. The outer part called the annulus is like a ligament wrapped around a central part called the nucleus fibrosus. The annular ligament tears, either due to injury of repetitive stresses like poor posture and this allows the central part to push out and alter the position of the disc. Often the disc protrudes on to the spinal nerves and 'pinches' the spinal nerve. This causes a dramatic increase in pain and is often associated with sciatica if the slipped disc is in the lower back or shoulder and arm pain if the slipped disc is in the neck.


It is estimated that approximately 70% of headaches are caused by problems of the neck. These headaches are often experienced at the back of the head, the sides of the head (temporals), forehead and may or may not be associated with neck pain. Many people will experience an increase in this type of headache with increased stress. Headaches caused by problems of the structures of the neck are referred to as cervicogenic headaches and respond incredibly well to chiropractic treatment.

With the correct treatment, chiropractic care reduces the frequency and intensity of headaches. Chiropractors are equipped with the examination skills to diagnose your complaint effectively and identify if your headaches is suitable for chiropractic care. 

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder problems can be very challenging because the shoulder is such a mobile joint and continued use of the arms can keep aggravating the underlying problem. Shoulder problems are often very debilitating, preventing people from carrying out certain task, sporting hobbies or even getting a proper nights sleep.

Ligaments, tendons and muscles within the shoulder all work together to create the movement and strength required for proper function, making the correct diagnosis of the shoulder complaint vital. The good news is that shoulder problems is one of the top five complaints that we see in the clinic so we have a vast wealth of experience in treatment.

Sports Injury

Sports injuries are generally injuries of the soft tissues like muscles, ligaments or tendons. These injuries, whilst commonly caused by sporting activities are not always due to sport! The most important thing with sports injuries is to determine if there are any underlying problems leading to the stress on the soft tissue and addressing those problems as well to prevent the injuries from reoccurring.

At Exeter Chiropractors we are equipped with the latest in deep tissue laser therapy to aid rapid healing of damaged ligaments, tendons or muscles. Treatment is normally a combination of laser therapy, massage and advice on exercises and lifestyle.

The most common sports injuries that we help people with are:

  • tennis elbow
  • rotator cuff/shoulder pain
  • achilles tendonitits
  • hamstring strain
  • bursitis
  • frozen shoulder