Posts Tagged ‘tamworth chiropractor’

Tamworth Osteopath offers free consultations

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Tamworth osteopath offers free consultations at Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Victoria Rd, Tamworth Staffordshire.  Atlas are having an open day on Saturday 8 September 2012 at their Tamworth osteopathic clinic and you can access free advice and consultations with one of our Staffordshire osteopaths.

Free Consultations with our Tamworth Osteopaths

Osteopaths in Tamworth have an excellent reputation and can treat back pain, shoulder pain, stiff neck, trapped nerves, sciatica, sacroiliac joints and muscle twinges

Osteopaths offer an alternative to a Tamworth Chiropractor for back pain treatment and can provide soft tissue work such as sports massage, manipulation of the spine and electrotherapy.

Telephone and prebook your free consultation with one of our osteopaths in Tamworth   01827 59943

visit our website  www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk 

Tamworth physiotherapist treats sacroiliac joint pain

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Tamworth Physiotherapist John Williams of Atlas Pain Relief Centre has designed a unique physiotherapy treatment for sacroiliac joint pain.  Sacroiliitis is an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint and is often mistaken for low back pain.  Physiotherapy in Tamworth at the Atlas Pain Relief Centre is proving 99% successful in treating the condition in less than 6 visits.

For this unique Tamworth physiotherapy treatment you need to contact the pain relief clinic.  Tamworth physiotherapist John Williams has been visited by patients from Lincolnshire this week and many more travel a long distance to access this unique physiotherapy treatment for the sacroiliac joint.

Unlike Tamworth chiropractor and Tamworth osteopath treatment for the sacroiliac joint, the Atlas regime does not involve manipulation of the pelvis.

For more details contact reception on 01827 59943 or visit www.atlaspainrelief.co.uk

Tamworth Back Pain Practitioner suggests caution.

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Tamworth Osteopath and back pain practitioner John Williams of Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Tamworth town centre is disappointed at the way some back pain practitioners ask their patients to prepay for 24 treatments up front.

The Atlas Pain Relief Centre has a website www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk  and their range of different back pain treatments can be viewed by visiting this website.

John suggests caution if your practioner suggests prepayment for 24 sessions during your first visit.  You may be better in 6 sessions and have overpaid or indeed may feel worse and have to endure more painful treatments that you would like. 

 This practice has come to light after a number of unhappy patients released this information.  Usually the patient is told they need 24 treatments to rectify their complaint and are told they need to attend for 3 treatments per week.  As an incentive to prepay for 24 treatments they are offered a discount.

Firstly this is surely bad practice and asking a patient on their first visit to prepay for 24 treatment sessions up front is taking advantage of people who are in pain and seeking help.

Patients can well have conditions that take longer to treat and some patients may,  over time, end up having this amount of treatment, however most back pain conditions would not require 3 treatments per week for 8 weeks.

At Atlas Pain Relief Centre their back pain practitioners offer a variety of treatment options for back ache, disc bulges, slipped disc, sciatica, trapped nerve, sacroiliac joint inflammation, twisted pelvis, and muscular twinges and the majority of their patients are pain free in 6 visits.  John said “Offering patients a discount is a generous gesture if they prepay for 6 visits but asking for prepayment for 24 sessions is, in my opinion, wrong”.

Tamworth Chiropractors, Tamworth Osteopaths, Tamworth Physiotherapists, Tamworth Acupuncturists and Tamworth Sports Therapists all treat back pain and the general public are often confused as to “who does what”.  It is therefore important that this practice does not contaminate the reputation of us all.  We do not want the public thinking that all back pain practitioners are the same. 

The majority of back pain practitioners do not operate in such a way and are effectively regulated by their respective governing bodies.  It is a comfort to patients that registered practitioners are regulated and that they behave in a professional manner.  Let us hope that this kind of protocol will cease and the reputation of our professions have not been damaged.

chiropractor, osteopath and physiotherapy compared by Tamworth Osteopath

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Osteopath, Chiropractor or Physiotherapist, which one do i need, and what is the difference? This is a common question from members of the public and depending on who you ask you will probably get different answers. It is far easier to compare the similarities between them rather than the differences.

Firstly it is important to stress that this is my opinion based on experience of having worked alongside all professions. My name is John Williams, a GOsC registered Osteopath and HPC registered Physiotherapist.?I am Clinic Director of Atlas Pain Relief Centre based in Tamworth and Solihull. www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk

I begin by stating that all three professions treat the same patients, it is probably that each profession has a slightly different approach thats all. Within the professions you will get individuals with certain specialities that they have more experience in, and feel more comfortable with.

All three professions are regulated by their respective governing bodies and are highly trained. All three follow a recognised university degree programme. Physiotherapy can be either a 3 or 4 year programme of training whereas Osteopaths and Chiropractors cover a 5 year training programme.

Currently the Physiotherapists are found mostly within the NHS on completion of their training as they are the largest employers. Osteopaths and Chiropractors are mainly in private practice but will at some stage in the future i believe, be working within the NHS framework.

The training of each profession is slightly different but increasingly there appears to be more crossover.?For a long time Osteopaths and Chiropractors were performing High Velocity Thrusts (HVT’s) which is the cracking of backs and necks and requires much expertise. Now we see Physiotherapists training in this type of treatment, however i feel that many practitioners perform these techniques after short training workshops, and the lack of training in this area concerns me. Acupuncture is another similar workshop training that can produce practitioners with little experience. The public should, in my opinion, be informed of the length of training in this activity as poor results from an inexperienced practitioner can give the profession a bad name.

Physiotherapists are trained in electrotherapy and more Osteopaths and Chiropractors now use this form of treatment.

Chiropractors use the title “Doctor” in front of their name whereas Osteopaths refused this option as they felt the public may confuse them with GP’s. Most Chiropractors are not GP’s and are only using the title “Doctor of Chiropractic” The general public are confused about who does what and are told such a variety of answers to their questions they are understandably confused.

At Atlas Pain Relief Centre our aim is to be honest with our patients and put their welfare first.

Let us look at some of the comments and questions i am asked on a regular basis.

I am told i need an xray in order to see the condition and determine alignment of my spine! Well maybe if a fracture or pathology is suspected, but xrays are not good for you and shouldn’t be a routine procedure!.

There should be no need to pay for xrays as your GP will refer you for free. This can be done within no more than 2 weeks but if they consider it urgent then it can be done the same day.

After a conversation with the General Chiropractic Council, my understanding is that xrays that are taken by chiropractors become part of your case notes.  As such they are kept securely at their clinic and they will not give them to you because they are required to keep them.  However as you are entitled to copies of your case notes if you request them, chiropractors must supply you with a copy of the xray if you ask them.

There is a charge of up to £50 that can be made by the practitioner for the supply of your case notes which means that, should you agree to an xray from a chiropractor you will have to pay for the initial xray, plus should you require a copy of this xray you may have to pay another £50 to have a copy.  This has to be factored into the cost of receiving an xray at your chiropractors should you want a copy for your records or indeed wish to have a second opinion on the diagnosis you have been given.

If you consider that the NHS provide xrays via your GP for free then this may be a more cost effective route should you need xray imaging. Your GP should be able to advise you on the use of xrays.

.Your spine is out of alignment and needs a lot of treatment to get it back in line !

The human spine varies in shape and size between individuals and adapts to a variety of situations. To attempt to make a spine that is naturally different to become more traditional would only upset the harmony of the back and create more problems that you may already have. If your spine fails to function correctly then perhaps you may be experiencing a facet lock which is basically vertebrae getting stuck creating a restriction in movement and often accompanied with muscle spasm. You experienced practitioner should be capable of feeling this restriction and releasing it for you. If you find that you are told to keep returning for the same treatment, then question the treatment plan. Facet locks will not be evident via scans or xrays as they are a problem of function, in other words if you take a photograph of a door when closed, you wouldn’t be able to determine if it is stuck and fails to open would you!

Your pelvis is out of line or twisted You may experience a rotated ilia which refers to this condition however they are simple to adjust and should not need to be corrected more than a couple of times. If this continues to occur then there is an underlying problem which needs attention. Continual adjustments (cracking your back and neck) leads to hypermobile joints which will give you more problems. Some practitioners use the term “your pelvis is out, or misaligned” far too often, when in fact it may not be. What springs to mind here is “If your only tool is a hammer, you will always see the world as a nail”

If you get the same treatment everytime you go, then maybe it is a set routine you are getting and not customised for you. Chances are, everyone may be getting the same treatment as you, even though you all present with different problems.

Before any treatment takes place ask for a diagnosis. If they seem unsure then get another opinion. If you see no improvement in 4 treatments consider looking for a second opinion.

At Atlas we resolve most back and neck pain between 4 and 6 treatments and will educate patients on their condition, explaining via models of the spine what is wrong and how firstly we intend to correct the problem and more importantly how to prevent this from occuring again.

Finally, how much will it cost. This depends on individuals and location. Ask how long you will be getting for treatment and how much each session costs. When you have this information compare other professions for value. Ask yourself if you are only offered 10 mins per session ” am i on a production line and is this sufficient time to help me” £25 may be cheaper than £35 but if you compare 10 minutes to 30 minutes you can make value comparisons. The cheapest isn’t always the best and word of mouth recommendations are valuable”

If you would like any advice on back or neck problems then email info@atlaspainrelief.co.uk