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The aim at The South Coast Clinic is to improve your quality of life through reduced pain, increased mobility and health education.
The clinic is multi-disciplinary, enabling a wide variety of complaints to be treated using proven technqiues to help assist patients, even in cases where patients have been told little more could be done to help.
Back pain is the leading cause of time off work and 80% of the population will suffer from it in their lifetime. Back pain has many causes, hence an important part of your consulation will be a comprehensive assessment to determine the cause e.g. muscle, joint, disc, ligament, referral from organs etc. to determine the best course of treatment or appropriate referral.
Chiropractic is proven in the treatment of both acute and chronic low back pain and is in government guidelines for the treatment of low back pain. Acupuncture, too, has many studies demonstrating both effectiveness and cost effectiveness for treatment of chronic low back pain. The use of acupuncture and chiropractic is currently in NHS (NICE) guidelines in the treatment of low back pain. McKenzie Technique too, in effective in the treatment of low back pain, with a particular application if symptoms are travelling in to the legs.
Neck pain can arise from injury, posture, muscle deconditioning or general wear and tear. As well as pain experienced around the neck, referral of pain may be experienced in the head, giving rise to a cervicogenic headache. Pain may be experienced in the arm, either due to irritation of muscle or joint, or a nerve entrapment in the neck.
Chiropractic is proven in the treatment of neck pain and a large scale study of 14,161 participants confirmed effectiveness for relief from neck pain using acupuncture.
Chronic / Tension Headache
This typically presents as a frontal headache and is sometimes described like 'a tight band across the forehead'. In a Cochrane Review for tension type headache it concluded’ acupuncture is a valuable non-pharmacological tool for patients with frequent episodic or chronic tension type headaches’. It is included in NHS (NICE) guidelines for treatment in chronic tension headache.
After reviewing all available evidence surrounding acupuncture treatment, a Cochrane Review concluded ‘Available studies suggest acupuncture is at least as effective as, or possibly more effective than, prophylactic drug treatment, and has fewer adverse effects’. Chiropractic too, is an effective mode of treatment in the prevention of migraine.
A cervicogenic headache is a common, although sometimes mis-diagnosed type of headache. It typically presents as pain travelling from the back of the head to the front and may be experienced around or behind the eye or around the sinuses. It is usually unilateral (one-sided). Chiropractic is proven in the treatment of such headaches. If the pain referral is purely muscular in origin, then trigger point therapy or acupuncture are effective modes of treatment.
Knee pain including osteoarthritis (OA Knee)
Knee pain can be caused by degenerative change within the joint, injury, muscle dysfunction including inbalance, so your treatment will be focused around the precise cause.
Chiropractic is proven in the treatment of knee pain, including osteoarthritis. Furthermore, several large scale studies have demonstrated effectiveness (better than conservative treatment) and cost effectiveness in the treatment of knee pain in the use of acupuncture.
Hip pain, including osteoarthritis (Hip OA)
As with knee pain, hip pain can have many and varied causes, from joint dysfunction, joint degeneration and muscle dysfunction including tightness and imbalance. It may also be referred from another source. Your consulation aims to locate the precise source of the pain.
Chiropractic is an effective modality for dealing with hip pain including hip osteoarthritis.
Shoulder Pain (including frozen shoulder)
Chiropractic is effective in the treatment of shoulder pain, including adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). A Cochrane review suggested short-term benefit from pain and loss of function through acupuncture. To help achieve longer term benefits, additional therapies will be used together with a course of stretching and strengthening exercises.
Two high quality trials have shown acupuncture is effective in the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Myofascial trigger points (muscle pain)
It is estimated that this accounts for 20% of consultations in General Practice. Such pain is characterized by tender points within muscle that can sometimes refer pain, giving rise to a diverse array of symptoms. This can present as anything from leg, buttock, arm, shoulder pain, to chest pain or abdominal pain amongst others. Sometimes they are overlooked as potential causes and hence may be mis-diagnosed. Acupuncture is effective in treating this dysfunction, as is trigger point therapy.
Nausea / Morning Sickness
There is considerable evidence for post-operative nausea and vomiting. In a non-hospital based setting, perhaps the best application is for morning sickness.
General pain relief
Certain acupuncture points provide significant pain relief and have been shown to be as effective as very strong painkillers without any of the unwanted side-effects. It is increasing in use both in cancer patients and post-operartively as well as use in primary care settings, such as The South Coast Clinic.
Psoriasis / dermatitis / warts
Surrounding the lesions on the skin with acupuncture needles can actually help reduce the size of the area of irritation.
Smoking cessation / weight loss
Acupuncture can help with the withdrawal symptoms making it easier to stop smoking or reduce the craving for food. It is recommended that you have your last cigarette approximately 24 hours before your 1st appointment. Additionally, dietary advice will be given to help you on your way to be healthier.
General aches, pains and muscle spasms
Chiropractic is proven to be effective in treatment and acupuncture, soft tissue work, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation can all be useful tools. Importantly, however, treatment seeks to determine the cause of these symptoms.