Chiropractic isn't one technique, it's a blend of treatment types that encompasses joint mobilisation and manipulation, soft tissue therapies such as western medical acupuncture, stretching, trigger point Health, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM), rehabilitation and also a simple yet effective form of treatment - advice.
Nick Wilderspin has undertaken further education in sports injuries and treatment, assessment of the athlete, western medical acupuncture, Hip, Knee and Foot assessment and rehabilitation as well as treatment of the pregnant patient. He has worked with patients from 10 year olds to 90 year olds, pregnant patients, professional sports teams, racing drivers, Crossfit and the performing arts.
He grew up in Northampton before studying for his degree in Wales. He has worked in clinics in Sheffield, Mansfield, Nottingham before moving back to Northampton in 2012. He currently work between Northampton and Milton Keynes. He has 2 children who haven't yet learnt bad movement patterns and so teach me a lot about how we are meant to move. He grew up playing rugby, playing the drums and being outdoors.
He graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in 2009 with a Master of Chiropractic degree. Chiropractors study for a minimum of 4 years with a year post-registration training. Annual continuing professional development is a requirement of registration with the General Chiropractic Council. He is also registered with the British Chiropractic Association and the Royal College of Chiropractors.
The 3 most common types of low back pain a chiropractor see's are from the lumbar facet joints, the sacroiliac joint or the intervertebral discs. We're trained to diagnose these but only after ruling out other less common causes such as tumours, infections or neurological disease.
Neck pain can be acute or chronic, with or without headaches, injury related like whiplash or due to posture or even sleeping badly. As with the low back its important to diagnoses whether the intervertebral discs, the facet joints, ligaments or muscles are causing the pain.
A very common presentation to chiropractic or physioHealth clinics is shoulder pain frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, impingement or AC joint sprain are examples. Some of these are due to obvious injury, others build up over time and are often due to problems with the positioning and control of the shoulder joints
There is good evidence for treatment of cervicogenic headache which originate from the joints or muscles around the neck. Treatment for migraine can be effective depending on the severity, although they can't be cured there is evidence of reduced frequency of attacks.