Did you know that inflammation is a major exacerbator for most chiropractic conditions? For this reason, our Retriva chiropractors in Chelsea not only offers chiropractic treatment from its in-house chiropractic doctors but also expert advice from its nutritionists to look at your diet and lifestyle and indeed, anything that could aggravate your condition(s).
In fact, so committed are we to our 360˚ approach that we can even offer blood tests create a bespoke lifestyle template – Something that we believe is unique in London.
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At Retriva we offer a number of treatment types with the most common being Diversified Chiropractic. However, in certain circumstances alternative treatment types may be better for particular patients with for example the McTimoney method being particularly suitable for older or more fragile patients. For more information, please discuss with your chiropractic doctor.
What is Diversified Chiropractic?
Diversified chiropractic, which is the most common form, uses palpation and range of motion testing to identify the quality of the movement within a joint, revealing areas of the body that should be addressed. The affected joint is placed under tension just before the manipulative thrust and often results in an audible click, known as a joint cavitation. This “popping” is caused by changes in pressure of the fluids within the joint however is not essential and does not reflect the effectiveness of the adjustment. Receiving these adjustments can sometimes cause momentary discomfort, however the chiropractor will be sensitive to this and will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.
What is Mc Timoney Chiropractic?
McTimoney chiropractic approaches the body as a whole, functioning unit rather than treating only symptomatic. Typically this starts with assessing the spine, followed by adjustments beginning with the pelvis. The adjustments are specific, light and quick. Most people experience little to no discomfort when receiving a McTimoney Method treatment. McTimoney is considered a “short-lever” technique because the adjustment is performed as close to the joint as possible without utilising your body weight to create additional tension. Like all chiropractic, the primary aim is to ensure joint mobility and function and are at an optimal state.
What is ABC™ Chiropractic?
ABC™ stands for Advanced Bio-structural Correction. Using the body's natural breath when standing, we can see where the spine is out of alignment and holding tension which manifests in our posture. Most of the adjustments take place standing up. The theory behind ABC™ is that in the spine, the only movement that the body cannot fix alone is when a vertebra moves forward from its correct position - there is no muscle or muscle group that can pull that bone back into place. When this happens, the body leans and twists in a way that can compensate for the lack of alignment. Over time, the pattern created can cause the posture to degenerate, leading bio-structural change that can cause symptoms in the body – everything from acid reflex to toe pain.
ABC™ technique moves the vertebrae back to a more optimal position with every adjustment. Once the bones are in better alignment, the body will start to untwist itself and release previous tension. Through the process of this adjustment, the body works through old injuries. The process of this technique means that the first phase of care is concentrated period sessions are to be done over a regular period of time.
Combining traditional hands-on chiropractic care with K-Laser Therapy. K-Laser enhances the body’s natural regenerative functions by improving the supply of oxygen, nutrients and energy to the damaged tissue area.
In precis, K-Laser Therapy accelerates wound healing, reduces inflammation, pain, stiffness and spasms and is particularly popular with professional sports teams in the United States.
Chiropractic is extremely effective at helping our patients to relieve:
Joint pains (including hip and knee pain)
General, acute and chronic backache and back pain
Elbow pain and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
Inability to relax
Generalised aches and pains
Mechanical neck pain
Minor sports injuries and tensions
Rotator cuff injuries, disease or disorders
Shoulder complaints (dysfunction, disorders and pain)
As succinctly put by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), “chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.”
At the chiropractic clinic, we ensure to work with a holistic promoting approach. Your mental and physical wellbeing will be assessed and considered when one of our chiropractors advises on your plan of treatment.
At a mechanical level Chiropractic adjustment is simply a procedure carried out by a qualified chiropractic doctor for patients with MSK health problems be they acute or chronic in nature.
The procedure itself involves restoring the normal alignment of the spine by correcting vertebral subluxations or misalignments all with the aim of relieving pressure which in turn will relieve nerve related pain and/or reduce associated inflammation.
Perhaps the simplest way to understand chiropractic treatment is to think of the body as an accordion with nerve pain and inflammation being the result of it being in its ‘compressed’ rather than far more desirable ‘extended’ state; the latter relieving pain, inflammation and promoting flexibility.
Chiropractic is extremely safe and involves your chiropractic doctor using their hands and/or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. Treatments are normally in batches of 4-6 sessions and are extremely good at relieving nerve related pain and related movement issues with bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons with everything aimed at improving spinal motion and improve your body’s physical function.
All our chiropractic practitioners are BCA recognised and fully qualified doctors of chiropractic medicine. As with other neuromusculoskeletal health professionals, they have a strict code ethics and duties, including:
To assess a patient’s medical condition, including reviewing their medical history, discuss their lifestyle and perform a physical examination.
To assess a patient’s posture, spine and reflexes
If deemed necessary to consider recommending x-rays but at RETRIVA we try and reduce this to the absolute minimum given the invasive their invasive nature
To carry out physical chiropractic adjustments
To provide complimentary treatments such as applying heat or cold to a patient’s injured areas or recommending K-Laser treatment, exercise regimes etc.
Refer patients to other health care professionals where necessary
Retriva Health & Aesthetic Clinic
250 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5UE