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Sciatica in Peterborough 24 March 2016

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Sciatica is an inflammation of the Sciatic nerve that runs down the leg from the spine. It is a symptom rather than a condition and may have a number of different causes.

Sciatica signs. You may have all or some of these:

  • Pain in the leg
  • Burning or tingling in the leg
  • Pins and needles
  • Pains or tingling in the foot
  • Pain in the bottom
  • Weakness or numbness in the leg
  • Feeling that leg may buckle under you
  • The feeling of water flowing down your leg, or ants crawling on the skin

The pain of sciatica can be a constant ache or you may get shooting pains in the leg.

Sometimes sciatica can be worse when you are sitting. At other times it is the movement of getting up from sitting that causes the most pain.

Causes of sciatica: irritation of the sciatic nerve may occur at any point along its path, it can be aggravated by other structures in the body:

  • A bulging intervertebral disc (a “slipped disc”)
  • The bones and joints of the pelvis
  • The piriformis muscle in the bottom
  • The muscles of the leg

Chiropractic treatment can help sciatica by restoring proper function of the joints and muscles of the spine and lower body, this removes the irritation from the sciatic nerve and enables the body to heal itself.

When you come for a treatment, David will conduct a physical examination and will talk you through his findings.

 

 

McTimoney Chiropractic in Peterborough 2 January 2015

Posted by davidghallam in back pain, frequently asked questions, headaches, migraine, sciatica, shoulder pain.
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What is McTimoney Chiropractic?

McTimoney chiropractic is a gentle style of chiropractic that uses light, fast movements to adjust the bones of the body. It aims to improve the alignment of the skeleton and ensure that the body’s nerve supply works efficiently. Through subtle adjustments, McTimoney treatment may relieve pain and discomfort, increase mobility and provide a route to better health.

Can McTimoney help me?

The gentle nature of McTimoney makes it suitable for people of all ages including young children, pregnant women and the elderly. Studies have shown that chiropractic can be helpful for a range of conditions including low back pain, neck pain and joint pain, migraine and cervicogenic headaches.

How is McTimoney different?

Rather than relying on a few ‘big’ moves, the McTimoney method aims to address the whole body and achieves its effects by an accumulation of many small adjustments. The McTimoney chiropractor aims to check and, if necessary, adjust almost every joint in the skeleton at every visit. There is no twisting of the body into uncomfortable positions and no ‘gapping’ of the joints. People are often surprised to find an effective treatment that is so relaxing and enjoyable.

Is this just a ‘gentle treatment for gentle folk’?

Despite its gentle approach, McTimoney can be effective for all sorts of problems. Builders, labourers and others engaged in heavy manual work have benefitted from treatment at the Peterborough clinic; along with football and rugby players and others engaged in arduous sports.

Appointments

£51 for the first visit (60 minutes – including consultation and treatment), £41 for subsequent visits (20 minutes). Typically, the chiropractor will recommend weekly visits for the first four  appointments. Many people will see real changes and improvements in those four visits, others will need more. The total number of visits required will depend on the condition, how long you have had it and how you respond to the treatment. Regular reviews are conducted to ensure that you are getting the maximum benefit possible. Once a problem has been resolved, regular check-ups are recommended to help keep your spine and other joints functioning properly. You are free to stop or resume treatment at any time.

The Chiropractor

Peterborough man David Hallam is a 2004 graduate of the Chiropractic Degree Course at the McTimoney Chiropractic College in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. He is registered with the General Chiropractic Council and undertakes regular professional development training to keep his skills and practice up-to-date. He also holds qualifications in massage and sports massage.

Back Pain After a Difficult Pregnancy 3 April 2010

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A was a 42 year-old lady who came to the clinic with back pain and nerve pain (sciatica) radiating down her right leg.  She reported having ongoing back problems since the birth of her son 8 years previously. Both the pregnancy and delivery had been difficult – her son had been side-lying and required a forceps delivery. She had suffered from low level back pain ever since – with episodes of acute pain and sciatica if she ‘overdid it’. She had previously been very active but, over time, the ongoing fear of aggravating the pain had forced her to do less and less.
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