What can a Chiropractor Treat?

The founder of chiropractic was a man called DD Palmer. His son BJ Palmer (BJ) was born in Iowa in 1882 and from 1904 until his death in 1961 BJ was head of the original chiropractic college his father founded. Now BJ’s idea was very simple. He said that “chiropractors do not concern themselves with disease”.

His idea was that it was for medical doctors to make a diagnosis and base a medical treatment on that diagnosis. He saw chiropractors as properly focusing on the alignment of the patient only. So BJ’s answer to “what problems can chiropractors treat” wouldn’t be a list of problems like low back pain. His answer would be chiropractic properly treats a person’s misalignment. So, one imagines, BJ wouldn’t particularly be interested if a patient had for example, back pain or even any pain at all.

BJ would just want to work on any misalignment he found in the patient. And if the patient’s pain was due to misalignment (and the treatment was effective) one would hope the patient would get better but if misalignment wasn’t involved, one would expect the treatment not to be effective. Whilst BJ’s approach had the merit of simplicity, most would agree with Hamlet that “there are more things in heaven and earth….than are dreamt of in your philosophy”!

These simple days are long behind us. Indeed they were long behind us even in BJ’s lifetime. In England and Wales, the General Chiropractic Council which regulates the chiropractic profession nowadays rightly expects chiropractors to either make a diagnosis or form a “clinical impression” about what’s happening with a patient.

Also, chiropractors themselves have moved on from the simple view of just considering skeletal alignment. For example, some chiropractors now adjust from a more biomechanical perspective – for example, by adjusting with the intention of “unlocking” a particular blocked joint and assisting its range of movement.

So, chiropractors are in a long process of evolving from being mono-focussed alignment specialists to musculoskeletal specialists with a particular focus on alignment. Alignment can be considered at the whole body level with the patient typically standing or it can be examined at a more local level by physical palpation of adjacent bones.

But nowadays the assessment of alignment would only be a starting point. Chiropractors can work in quite different ways but it would be usual (depending on the person’s problem) for the chiropractor to carry out some of the standard orthopaedic or neurological tests. For example, disc patients sometimes may loose a reflex. So, a chiropractor may for example wish to use a neurological hammer to lightly tap the patient to see if, for example, the knee jerk reflex or ankle jerk reflex is still present.

Depending on the results of such tests, the chiropractor might like to see how well the patient moves. Looking at how they walk. Can they stand on their toes? Can they stand on their heels? Can they squat down or rise easily from a chair? The chiropractor will also often wish to do a hands-on check of the mobility of certain of the patient’s joints. Also, the quality of the patient’s muscles may be palpated so see if a muscle has retained its proper elasticity. Finally, it may be appropriate for the chiropractor to manually test the strength of some of the patient’s muscles. From all this information the chiropractor will then be able to try to work out the best plan of treatment for the patient.

Just as the way chiropractors assess their patients has considerably expanded, so too has the way that chiropractors manually treat their patients. Many chiropractors no longer rely on chiropractic adjustment alone.

Many chiropractors effectively offer a “combination” therapy and will use “adjunctive therapies” such as mobilisations to assist joint mobility, soft-tissue release for tight muscles and may well prescribe corrective exercise for muscles which are found to be too weak. Chiropractors are very aware that most of us lead far too sedentary lives to be properly healthy and will use hands on care as a way to restore their patients to the possibility of physically more active lives.

Today the spine is still the primary focus for the chiropractic profession and low back pain remains the number one reason why patients will seek out the services of a chiropractor. If you are based in London and looking for a chiropractor in Canary Wharf, please call the Hunter Clinic on 07855 916 602 for a musculoskeletal (including alignment) assessment and to discuss your best way forward.

Running as a Holistic Exercise

To run is to spend more time off the ground as the body is being propelled forward. The muscles are activated a little differently from any other awesome workout plans, and the faster the movement, the more muscles jump into the motion. One’s upper body joins in the action as the lower body takes most of the force – the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves all flex and contract according to the runner’s movements.

Running Pace

In running, pacing is important. There is a difference between running for long periods at a slower pace versus running for shorter periods but at the maximum speed that one’s body can allow. The former tends towards a leaner, more malleable physique, while the latter, also called sprinting, results in firmer and more muscular bodies.

Burning Calories

In terms of calorie expenditure, running is one of the most effective workouts that can present solid results within a minimum amount of time. The faster one runs for a shorter period of time, the more body fat is burned in the process.

Sprinting, a kind of high-intensity exercise, is the best form of running, allowing a 150-pound body to burn as much as 130 calories at 7 miles per hour in a span of ten minutes. This is in contrast with simple jogging which burns 91 calories at 5 miles per hour, or a slightly faster pace of 6 miles per hour, which can expend 113 calories. To note, high-intensity exercises in general can effectively burn a more significant amount of body mass than slower, less intensive workouts.

After the workout session, high-intensity running continues to burn calories for up to 48 hours. This is because of the oxygen depletion the body experiences during the intense exercise. To restore its oxygen levels, the body continues to work hard, allowing it to tap into the body’s energy reserves and stored fat.

Benefits of Running

The benefits of running encompass all forms of fitness. It builds muscle strength and endurance, and improves speed and reflexes. It is overall an excellent cardiovascular activity, fortifying the heart muscles and improving one’s basal metabolic rate.

Running is also a mental activity. Many creative individuals prefer to run as a form of reset button. The silence to be had in running blows away the fog of one’s preoccupations, because it clears the mind and refreshes the spirit. According to Haruki Murakami, one of the most beloved authors in contemporary times, running helps to live a life with clear goals, to be fully alive.

Why you should use an Elliptical machine in your training program

When you’re in the gym it can be daunting with the amount of machinery to choose from. Out of all the machines you can use, one thing is for sure, you should use the Elliptical machine.

Elliptical machine, or better known as a cross trainer, simulates running, walking and stair climbing without causing the user a large amount of pressure to joints, thus decreasing chances of injury.

Introduced in the 90’s, the elliptical machine has become one of the most used machines in the gym today. Working on upper and lower body it can burn around the same amount of calories that you would burn off on a treadmill.

The great thing about Elliptical machines is that although you don’t feel like you’re doing that much, the machine really works hard on your core mussels and improving your fitness.

Why not try it next time you’re in the gym, or order one for your next home gym upgrade.

(Thanks to David from Best home elliptical for guest posting on Natural Nutrition)


Winter training tips

After a warm January, February has been far colder and more on point with winter weather.

Although it may be colder that doesn’t mean that training stops, here’s some handy tips on staying warm whilst training.

  1. Extra warm up: Taking a longer warm up than you would in the summer months ensures your mussels are ready to ease into a run, preventing tears and strains, you should try and at least double your warm up time, so if your warm up is 10 mins best up it to 20.
  2. Wrap up warm, but not too warm, put a jumper on or even create your own personalised hoodie online that will encourage you to keep going in the cooler weather.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings, be careful for icy stretches, and if you’re running in the dark, wear high vis clothing so that traffic and other people can see you coming, the last thing you want is a timely and potentially risky injury
  4. Reward yourself, training in winter can be tough, it’s raining it’s cold and let’s face it, you’d much rather be laying in bed still. Done a great weeks training, reward yourself with that perfect slice of cake, or some new clothing, anything that will perk you up and help you train.


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