Pain and dizziness are incredibly common. 4 out of 5 adults will suffer from disabling back pain in their lifetime. 1 in 3 over 65 year olds fall each year. By assessing and treating the brain’s control of movement, balance and posture, we can reduce pain and dizziness and improve quality of life. The Neuro-Muscular Clinic is an advanced chiropractic clinic in Woking with expertise in the treatment of pain and dizziness.
Pain is an important part of how the body works. It not only tells us when we’re injured but also warns us about potential harm, giving us a chance to avoid it. However, sometimes the pain signal can become exaggerated, especially when we’re stressed or anxious. Pain changes movement, balance and posture. It affects our ability to think and feel. It can have a huge impact on your life.
Some pain is caused by trauma, like a wound or injury. Sometimes it’s caused by stress placed on muscles, joints or ligaments. Other types of pain are purely neurological, with the only changes occurring inside the structure of the nerves and brain. It’s crucial to differentiate between the causes to be able to solves the problem.
Pain travels from the site of injury, along the nerves, up the spine and into your brain. Most pain resolves when the tissue that was injured has had enough time to fully heal. This may take a few weeks to a few months. However, sometimes the nervous system becomes increasingly sensitive to pain. In chronic pain the injury may have fully healed but the pain still persists. This occurs due to changes in the nerves, spine and brain.
The first goal is always to remove the painful stimulus. In some cases this is waiting for the damaged body part to heal, for example after a fracture. More often it involves improving movement, balance and posture to help reduce stress place on nerves, muscles or joints. If the pain has become chronic, the next step is to allow the brain to take back control of your pain. This can be a complex process which requires guidance and hard work. I’m an expert in helping you to resolve pain through using a combination of treatment techniques and home exercises to help you take control of your health.
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The primary goal of your brain is movement. Your brain uses sensation from your eyes, ears and body to create movement, balance and posture. Any changes in either sensation or movement can result in problems with balance, dizziness and coordination.
The causes of balance, dizziness and coordination problems are numerous. For this reason your first appointment will include a full history and examination to exclude any possible causes that require medical treatment e.g. surgery. During the examination I will be assessing the muscles, joints and nerves, as well as the brain’s control of movement, balance and posture. This approach is a form of neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation, sometimes called chiropractic neurology or functional neurology.
Your body, brain and nerves are highly adaptive throughout your lifetime. As a child this allows you to learn to walk, talk and play. As an adult it allows you to learn new skills. It also allows us to heal remarkable well from injury. However, sometimes this adaptive response is incomplete and occasionally it can work against us. The brain might learn to experience pain more easily. A brief episode of vertigo might result in chronic anxiety and dizziness. It’s easiest to think of the brain like a computer, the hardware might look fine but the software is struggling to perform well. As a result our sensations and movement feel different.
After the initial consultation we will have identified if you have a problem with movement, balance or posture. We can correct this through specific treatment techniques and exercises. With enough intensity and repetition this should start to create adaptation and learning, known as neuroplasticity. You may need to perform daily home exercises to facilitate this. They normally will take 5-10 minutes twice per day. Naturally each case is unique and I will discuss with you what treatment can and can’t achieve for you. The Neuro-Muscular Clinic is a Chiropractic Clinic in Woking with a special interest in neurology. Should you have any questions whether this approach might be suitable for you please contact me here.
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