Specific treatment programmes at Solihull Chiropractic clinic
All chiropractors registered with the General Chiropractic Council have undergone a minimum of 4 years University study, which includes a Masters level degree. These courses place a great emphasis on teaching the prospective Chiropractor the skills to accurately assess each patient's complaint through a directed case history of the condition and an appropriate physical examination.
Chiropractors pride themselves on their specialist field of neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, which allows the chiropractor to narrow the diagnosis down from many, to the most likely and rule in or out each condition in turn. In some rare cases the patient's complaint may require additional tests or may be better managed by another profession such as the patients GP, if this appears to be the case the Chiropractor shall assess the situation to appropriately triage the patient to ensure they receive the best care possible for them and their specific condition.
Once the Chiropractor has finished the examination they shall discuss all findings from the examination with the patient, using models and pictures of the anatomy where necessary. They shall outline the most likely cause of their complaint and the effect it has had on their body to make patient feel the way they do. At this stage the possibility of other less likely differentials shall be mentioned, should there be any.
Once the patient has a full understanding of the condition the Chiropractor offers what they feel to be the most appropriate treatment, using only the most evidence based, scientifically proven techniques and treatment modalities. This proposal starts a two way discussion between the patient and Chiropractor as two factors are used to create the best bespoke treatment plan. 1. What techniques the Chiropractor feels the patient shall benefit from the most. 2. What techniques the patient agrees to and is most comfortable with. The Chiropractic Code of Practice (2005) states that every patient has the right to be involved in the decisions that shall create their treatment plan.
Chiropractors are known primarily for their expertise in joint manipulation skills, which as our main tool sets us apart from other professions, however it is simply one tool in the wealth of techniques apply depending on the situation, if there is any indication that manipulation would not benefit the patient then treatment modalities such as mobilisation, soft tissue massage, ultrasound, acupuncture/dry needling, stretching and exercise therapy would be applied in its place.
As with the tailor made treatment plans the length and frequency of treatment is solely dependent on the patient's needs, as some patients in acute pain may require frequent treatment to help the complaint whereas a chronic ongoing problem shall require less frequent treatment but may require infrequent treatment to prevent regression or reoccurrence.
Through providing bespoke care over a carefully planned time frame each patient benefits from their own specific treatment programme which applies the absolute best care possible in every case.