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The right choice for you because we have;
- Prompt, convenient appointments
- We listen
- Written, individualised treatment plans
- Thousands of happy patients (read what they say)
- An integrated team of professionals
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Movement is a key element to avoiding back pain but not just any old movement. HOW we move doing the every day simple things really does matter and learning the correct patterns of movement will help you bend, lift, push and pull without risking back injury and pain. Click the link to see all the videos and MOVE WELL TO LIVE WELL, we call it Move365.
With several styles of massage therapy available at Winchester Spine Centre we can help you feel soothed and relaxed or prepared and primed for action.
Open for Chiropractic appointments.
Lockdown has not interfered with our ability to operate a full programme of chiropractic services for existing clients. Massage and Exercise appointments are also available (some conditions may apply). We are also able to welcome New clients, so please call to book your appointment.
As a courtesy to others please wear a mask/face covering when visiting the practice, arrive as close to your appointment time as possible and use the sanitising hand wash available. Our staff and practitioners will use appropriate PPE.
Please contact the clinic by phone 01962 843242 or using the email address below to access help and to make an appointment.
Welcome to Winchester Spine Centre
Let us help you resolve your pain.
Our experience in accurately assessing the causes of your pain means that together we will agree on your best options for treatment and actions for self care.
At Winchester Spine Centre our expertise spans many areas including:
- Back and neck pain
- Helping you to get active again
- Pregnancy pain
- Pathway to Sporting Success (Sports injuries)
- Understanding why teeth and feet are important
- Treating children and babies
- Managing back pain in the over 50’s
Where to begin?
Feeling better, stronger and healthier starts with a conversation. Tell us your story and we will help you understand the causes of your pain, show you how to avoid making it worse and start you on your road to recovery.
Book a consultation and tell us how pain is affecting your life. An examination to detect stress, injury and imbalance in the joints and soft tissues of your body enables us to give the correct advice and options for treatment.
OR, book one of our FREE, no obligation 15 minute MINI CONSULTATIONS. You can discuss your condition and we can indicate what might be causing your pain. It’s not as detailed as a full consultation and no treatment will be provided but we will tell you who amongst our team may be the right person to help you feel better.
Why do we get pain?
Pain is the way that your supper intelligent nervous system warns you about a risk to your health and wellbeing. It’s a normal response to a stress which is noxious or excessive. It is a necessary part of life, without physical pain how would we avoid hurting ourselves?
Can we avoid pain?
Staying strong throughout our lives has been proven to help us live healthier and longer lives. Strength can mean we are robust in the face of daily repetitive stress. Being strong requires balanced function in our joints and muscles, sensible amounts of varied movements and enough rest to recover. Our nervous system recognises imbalances resulting from excess stress and it can limit strength and muscular activity creating compensation patterns to prevent injury. Our examination process identifies those compensation patterns and helps us answer the key question, What are you compensating for? Once we know the answer to this question we can tell you how to feel better and how to stay strong in future.
The withdrawal reflex
Consider how your body reacts if you tread bare foot on a sharp tack? The muscles in your foot/leg would collapse or ‘withdraw’ away from the sharp tack, preventing pain and injury.
If you were to be chewing a mouthful of food and suddenly bit down on something hard, the muscles in your jaw would react by suddenly stopping you biting down and damaging your teeth.
These are both examples of the withdrawal reflex, a protective reaction to a harmful stimulus resulting in muscle inhibition, an involuntary weakening of certain muscles allowing the strong action of the opposing muscles to pull you away from danger.
The withdrawal reflex – friend or enemy?
In situations of very substantial or repetitive stress/strain (injury) the brain can ‘learn’ to make these reflex muscle inhibitions a consistent feature so that you remain protected from harm. Good news! and very useful until you need to use one of these “inhibited’ muscles for movement or activity but because it’s been withdrawn from action by your brain and nervous system you must use one or a group of other muscles to substitute for the inhibited one.
Of course this keeps you moving but with less efficiency, placing strain on other areas of your body that become at risk of injury themselves. Not such good news. This process of inhibition and compensation continues until one day a muscle, joint or spinal disc become stressed beyond tolerance and a painful injury occurs.
Central to our approach is accurate diagnosis of your condition, individualised treatment plans and an emphasis on teaching you how to care for yourself. What we do through a process that begins with some thorough questioning followed by a physical examination during which we test the activity of your muscles is to work out which of your body’s tissues is causing your pain. We discover whether it is a joint, muscle, nerve or spinal disc injury, we learn why that tissue has become injured and then most importantly we work out a way to fix the problem.
We make you strong again
Treatment using a range of techniques including manipulation, massage and exercise focusses on restoring optimum muscle function so that when we return to activity we do so with muscles that can work reliably, strongly and with stamina to move comfortably and safely through our daily lives.