Who do we help?

The Chiropractors at the Belfast Chiropractic Clinic can help with treatment for both children and adults.

Advice – guidance – support

Adults
Most commonly an adult may present with pain and lack of flexibility due to muscle and joint imbalances which have an impact on the nervous system causing symptoms. Examples of such conditions would include –
low back and pain into the leg; neck and pain into the arm; stiff joints;
some types of headaches; some sports and work related sprains and strains.

Pregnant Women
Pregnant women and their partners particularly benefit from our positive Chiropractic and supportive management approach combined with Massage for Pregnancy and Cranio-sacral Technique.

Many of the  mums-to-be attend with low back pain, pelvic and leg pain;
difficulty with walking due to pain around the pubic symphysis joint ( pubic symphysis dysfunction); heartburn; neck and pain into the arm,
and those mothers who are seeking an active and positive birthing experience for themselves and their baby.

Our aim is to work with pregnant women to achieve:
• Good postural, spinal and pelvic alignment
• Muscle balance and relaxation
• Awareness of postures and exercises for birth preparation
• Confidence and comfort

What to expect
During your visit, you will be given a chiropractic examination. Your postural and muscular tension will be assessed as well as the individual and global movement of the body, spine and neck.
We take a particular interest in the symmetry of the pelvis and lower back with regards to the positioning of the baby. We also look closely at your feet and their alignment with regards to the pelvis and the pubic symphysis.

Treatment

Each women will have an individually tailored treatment program with the treatments technique used varying on the stage of pregnancy and the level of stability of the pelvic joints.  A ‘doughnut’ pillow – with a hole in the centre – may be used to provide more comfort during a treatment session.
We offer advice on posture and recommend specific exercises during pregnancy.  We discuss the positions that can be used during labour in order to optimize the width of the birth canal and how to prepare physically for the birth process.

Babies, Toddlers and Older Children
Many parents seek the specific professional assistance of Anne Matthews, for their children who may have a variety of difficulties from biomechanical associated postural problems (such as common aches and pains) to an inability to sit or stand still for a period of time; clumsy and  tripping; lack of focus and behavioural issues; problems around anxiety and settling to sleep; Issues around fussy eating, constipation and toileting; complaints of babies described as having ‘colic like pain’ and unsettled newborns with bottle and breast feeding difficulties; and those babies whose parents may describe as having had a challenged birth experience.

Chiropractic treatment styles specific for children
The techniques for treating children are different from those used when treating adults. Firstly, parents are directed to understanding their child’s spinal and pelvic alignment and cranial patterns by viewing their child’s regular posture in standing or lying.   Then our Chiropractors use gentle stretching and mobilizing techniques to correct mis-alignments and they also will direct parents on home care and neuro-developmental exercises to assist a child’s physical development.
Our Chiropractors will also discuss the issues around postural strain when playing electronic devices, computer games and carrying school bags.

Teenagers
There is evidence that adolescents often have undiagnosed health problems. Common types of presentations are related to musculoskeletal health due to over- or under-physical training, sports or road traffic accidents or problems related to rapid growth such as scoliosis and joint hypermobility and other pain syndromes.
Adolescence is a profound time to influence health promotion and self care for long-term disease prevention.  Our Chiropractors offer advice from retraining and strengthening the muscles of the spine and pelvis to self care stretching and massage techniques.  The emphasis is on directing and empowering the young person to have a greater understanding of managing their physical body and to use massage and relaxation techniques for rebalancing their body and reducing stress levels

Kids with Neuro-Developmental Delay
Those kids who have had a general diagnosis of Neuro-Developmental Delay and perhaps coupled with learning difficulties and specifically Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyslexic, Dyspraxic – are not treated directly for these conditions – but commonly, however, children presenting with these conditions respond well to the rebalancing effect of the specific combination of therapeutic skills offered by our experienced Clinic Director and Principal Chiropractor, Anne Matthews.  The treatment techniques used are a combination of skills Anne has acquired from extensive post graduate study over Anne’s 25 years in practice at the Belfast Chiropractic Clinic.
Anne Matthews’ treatment style for kids
Anne intuitively integrates her therapeutic skills in the areas of Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Cranio-sacral Therapy,

Pre & Perinantal Education, Baby Therapy and in Child Development to assess a child’s needs and prescribe a program of treatment individually tailored for each child.  Anne also uses her techniques empathetically in order to counsel and guide parents whilst empowering in understanding and managing their child from a more informed point of view.

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