Chiropractors specialise in the treatment of pain generated by your joints, muscles, nerves or spinal discs. Most commonly we can help you with your back and neck pain but we are able to treat a wide range of aches and pains which could involve any of the joints, muscles, nerves or discs in your body.
When we meet you for the first time we ask you to describe your condition
in detail. How did it begin? What do you think caused it? What makes it worse or better? What does it stop you doing or enjoying?
We ask lots of questions about the pain as well as your general health (to rule out underlying pathology or disease and make sure that chiropractic is an appropriate treatment option for you) before examining you to assess which of the following tissues; joints, muscles, nerves or discs are the likely cause of your pain.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, ignoring pain is like taking the batteries out of your smoke alarm because the noise is bothering you. It might make the house quieter but won’t deal with the issue of the house burning down.
Making an accurate diagnosis of your condition by establishing the pain generating tissue and providing the correct treatment solution, which is what chiropractors specialise in doing for you, is the way to put out the ‘fire’ and rid you of your pain.
Mark Kennedy is a chiropractor with over 20 years experience helping people to resolve their pain through chiropractic care. Using detailed assessment techniques the reasons for your pain will be identified and a programme of gentle, comfortable treatment agreed with you.
“My principal focus when helping patients feel better is to make sure I understand what is causing their pain, whether there are any additional lifestyle factors that might be prolonging or aggravating their pain and providing safe, comfortable treatment so that they can return to their normal activities as quickly as possible.
My interest in a chiropractic career began after having been fascinated by human biology at school and seeing my mother treated for migraine headaches by our local chiropractor. I thought that the ability to know how to use simple hands on methods to help someone out of debilitating pain was really clever. I particularly enjoy seeing patients with disc problems as it is these people who are often in the most severe pain and in whom we can see the most dramatic differences in their comfort levels. At times it really can be life changing for them.
What I believe makes what we do here a little different is the attention we pay to tracking down the location of the true cause of our patient’s pain. We try to work as much as possible with diagnostic tools and treatment techniques proven by research to be most the most useful and effective. In doing this I think we are able to help patients get better faster and provide them with a longer lasting solution or management strategy for their condition.”
Sarah Whitaker MChiro DC
I gained my Masters degree in Chiropractic from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth in 2012. I spent my first years in practice working in South Devon before moving back home to Basingstoke.
I was inspired to become a chiropractor after experiencing the positive effects of chiropractic treatment myself, after seeking care for low back and knee pain as a teenager. It was incredible to see the changes brought about by the natural approach of hands on treatment.
My own chiropractic care made me realise how intricately integrated the human body is. I find it exceptionally rewarding as a chiropractor to utilize a treatment approach that incorporates the whole of the body, instead of focussing only on the area of pain. I strive to improve the wellbeing of my patients and to help them reach their personal health goals through a combination of gentle chiropractic care, exercise advice and postural rehabilitation.
Outside of the clinic, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to the gym and baking.