Conditions we treat
At the Barnstaple Chiropractic & Complementary Health Centre, our chiropractors can offer chiropractic treatment for many different conditions and types of pain and discomfort.
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There are many different types of headaches. Migraine headaches can be distressing and last for several days. Symptoms can include severe head pain, dizziness, nausea, flashing lights and visual disturbances. Migraine can be caused by irritation of the nerves close to the vertebrae in the neck, or muscular tension. Cervicogenic headaches are common and can be due to problems in the joints of the neck causing tightness in the neck and shoulder muscles. Chiropractic can help with the prevention of migraines and headaches.
Neck pain commonly occurs due to injuries following car accidents, falls, strained muscles, arthritic changes in the spine, poor posture or stress. Neck pain can refer into the shoulders and down the arms and, if there is irritation of the nerves that come from the neck and supply the arms and hands, you may also experience pins and needles, tingling or numbness in these areas.
Shoulder pain can be caused by due to the muscles or ligaments that surround the shoulder joints or even to the joints themselves. It can also be due to referred pain from the neck.
Frozen shoulder arising from the back or neck (also known as Adhesive Capsulitus)
Frozen shoulder is caused by inflammation within the shoulder joint and can lead to severe restriction of movement in the long term.
Arm pain is commonly due to referred pain from the neck or shoulder, but can also be caused by injuries to the elbow or the muscles in the arm itself.
Tennis elbow (also known as Lateral Epicondylitis) arising from the back and neck
Tennis elbow is commonly caused by a repetitive action, which leads to straining of the tendons around the elbow joint.
Wrist pain may be caused by a fall or a strain due to a repetitive action, leading to muscular strains or restriction in joint movement in the wrist or hand. It may also be as a result of referred pain from a neck injury.
The spine is the main support for our bodies and carries the spinal cord and the body's nervous system. Nerves branch off your spinal cord from between each spinal joint. Therefore, a mechanical dysfunction of the joints can lead to back pain - commonly caused by lifting and carrying incorrectly or by poor posture, leading to restriction of the joints in the spine.
Back pain due pregnancy
Back pain is common in pregnancy, due to the enlarged abdomen putting strain on the low back area. Many women also suffer pain in the low back due to a difficult birth or the increased lifting that is inevitable with young children.
Lumbago is a commonly used word for back ache (see also back pain)
Poor posture is caused by lifting and carrying incorrectly, poor posture or pregnancy and can lead to pain in the lower back.
Hip pain from osteoarthritis
Hip pain can be a result of arthritis, strains of the muscles around the hip, joint injuries or referred pain from the spine and is commonly confused with pelvic pain.
Leg pain can be due to irritation of the nerves in the lower back or can be caused by referred pain from the low back or pelvis. Leg pain may also be due to strains in the muscles or damage to the hip, knee or ankle.
Knee pain can be due to many things, including referred pain from the back, pelvis, hip or ankle.
Ankle and foot pain may be a result of a direct injury to the joints, ligaments or muscles or may be due to injury of the sciatic nerve (see Back pain). Foot pain can also be due to fallen arches (flat feet), which put the feet under abnormal strain. Structural problems in your feet can alter your walking pattern and cause pain throughout your body, including feet, legs, knees, hips, back and even your neck.
Arthritic pain & spondylosis (pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis)
Any degenerative changes in the spine may be known as spondylosis. Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. There are many forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis, which is due to wear and tear on the joint surfaces.
Other pain and injury
Muscle pain can occur in any part of the body. It can be due to a simple strain caused by a sudden overstretching injury to the muscle or it can be caused by a joint injury, which leads to muscle spasm around the injured joint.
Nerve pain can occur in any area of the body as a result of inflammation due to a mechanical abnormality of the joint or due to a disc injury.
There are many types of sports injuries, but the majority will result in one or more of the symptoms described above.