Musculoskeletal conditions are very common and are a major cause of ill-health, pain and disability in the UK. It is estimated that nearly one-quarter of adults are affected by chronic musculoskeletal problems; including well-recognised conditions such as arthritis, back pain, traumatic injuries and fractures that limit everyday activities. (Source: Department of Health, 2009).
The prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders usually rises with age; however, they can and do affect people from all ages and lifestyles.
Lifestyle plays an important part in the prevention of musculoskeletal conditions, staying active and healthy eating can help to reduce the effects of many of the complaints we see and can improve your overall health and wellbeing.
At Exeter Chiropractors we treat people of all ages. If you are unsure as to whether Chiropractic care is right for you and your family, please come in and see us for a free consultation.
Bone and joint disease are the most common cause of disability in older people and as a result, quality of life can be severely compromised. The onset of musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis and osteoporosis increases significantly with old age and if left untreated can greatly reduce overall well-being and health.
Restoring better spinal function may help improve problems associated with the over 65's age group including mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. The adjusting technique used by our chiropractors will be modified for maximum comfort and results.
Pregnancy is an exciting and positive experience for many women, however as your baby grows, the hollow in your back may become more pronounced, which can cause backache. During pregnancy, your ligaments in your body naturally become softer and stretch to prepare you for labour. This can put a strain on the joints of your lower back and pelvis.
Back pain in pregnancy is very common and affects almost three thirds of women at some stage of their pregnancy. Lower back pain and pelvic girdle pain are the most common complaints for women pre & post pregnancy.
At Exeter Chiropractors we use benches specifically adapted for the treatment of pregnant women and these can be used all the way through pregnancy. See what one of our pregnant patients has to say about the experience;
"Now at the late stage in my 2nd pregnancy Richard has been treating me for lower back pain. The experience of being able to lay on my front on his specially designed couch is alone a great relief! My pain is now very well managed and with a great treatment plan I now look forward to a pain-free future." [Kate O'Malley, Exeter]
Chiropractic treatment during pregnancy is both safe and very gentle. We use specific techniques to encourage realignment of your lower back and pelvis.
Chiropractors have been involved in the treatment of sports people and sports-related injuries from the very creation of the profession. As a discipline that deals with functional disorders of the joints, it is eminently suited to being included as part of the medical back-up team of any sports club.
We regularly treat cyclists, swimmers, walkers, golfers, amateur sports enthusiasts, snowboarders and skiers, for a range of sporting-related back, neck and foot pain.
Back pain is the number one cause of long term absence among employees in the UK, and is a common cause of short-term absence. It is estimated that up to 60% of people on long-term sick leave cite musculoskeletal problems as the reason. (Source: Department of work in Pensions, 2010).
Untreated back pain can lead to serve long-term chronic conditions; affecting the ability to work effectively; resulting in poor performance and may even reduce or prevent participation in activities outside of the workplace.
We treat a number of professionals and manual workers whose back and neck complaints are a direct result of poor posture, long-working hours, accidents, highly stressful & pressured working environments, heavy labour and a general lack of exercise.