At Naas Physiotherapy & Chiropractic Clinic we aim to provide a world class chiropractor service. Our chiropractic treatments are used alongside other techniques including physiotherapy and exercise interventions. In my experience, certain types of back pain are especially suited to chiropractor management using specific spinal manipulation techniques. In other cases, physiotherapy techniques are more appropriate and will give rise to a superior outcome.
Our specialist back pain rehabilitation service here at Naas Physiotherapy & Chiropractic will provide a comprehensive & specifically tailored rehabilitation programme for you.
Based on my own personal experience of back pain and undergoing treatment for this complaint, I have developed an in-depth understanding and passion for treating those suffering with the condition. I know how back pain can affect all aspects of your life and can give rise to frustration that can carry over into relationships, work, sleep and general wellbeing. Much of my study has been committed to back pain treatment and using novel and leading-edge techniques to address back pain, particularly in cases which do not respond to conventional treatment.
Ross Allen. Back Pain Specialist & Chiropractor Naas
Personal experience of back pain has guided my practice philosophy strongly & has imparted a deep appreciation of the detrimental effects of back pain on quality of life. Therefore, I have committed most of my practice life and education to helping others who have similar issues to my own. My experience in working across a range of therapies allows me to identify which techniques will benefit your particular presenting complaint.
Ross discussing back pain management on KFM radio
A Decade in Education
1) B.Sc. Physiotherapy from Trinity College, Dublin.
Member Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
This course developed my understanding exercise prescription, movement analysis & post-operative injury rehabilitation. All Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy members undergo a minimum of 4 years undergraduate training.
2) B.Sc. Chiropractic from Cardiff University
This course was extremely in-depth and is focussed on back pain & neck pain management through spinal manipulation, expert diagnosis & patient education. The chiropractic course provides a deep understanding of physiology (an understanding of how the human body functions) and holistic healthcare.
A Commission on Alternative Medicine in Sweden conducted a detailed investigation of chiropractic education at a university medical faculty. The report concluded that training for Doctors of Chiropractic follows a 4-5 year course of university training to masters or degree level which was found to be the equivalent of Swedish medical training.
At the University of South Denmark in Odense chiropractors & medical students undergo the same training for three years before entering separate streams for clinical training.
3) Dip. Sports Injury Therapy
This degree course accelerated my development of hands-on treatment & manual technique skills.
Back Pain Reoccurrence Rates are Higher than Previously Believed – Prevention is Vital
The lifetime prevalence of low back pain is estimated to be between 60 and 70 percent in industrialised countries (Burton, K 2005). While it was previously thought that low back pain tends to resolve over a number of weeks, more recent research suggests that this may not be the case & that low back pain may still be present in up to 75 percent of the population one year after injury. This presents a major problem for sufferers of back pain & chiropactors trying to manage the complaint.
As tailored rehabilitation programmes tailored to address specific muscle weaknesses have been shown to decrease the reoccurrence of low back pain at one year then this highlights the importance of such an approach in preventing reoccurrence, alongside chiropractic manipulation techniques.
Research for treatment of Low Back Pain Research using Chiropractor techniques
A 2015 review by Harvard Medical School concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain and whiplash.
Research published in the British Medical journal comparing Chiropractic Care with Hospital Outpatient Care for Acute and Chronic Lower Back Pain.
Conclusion: ‘Chiropractic almost certainly confers worthwhile, long term benefit in comparison with hospital outpatient management. The benefit is seen mainly in those with chronic or severe pain. Introducing chiropractic into NHS practice should be considered.
Research from the prestigious RAND research group in the United States
The RAND group released a report in which they concluded that “support is consistent for the use of spinal manipulation as a treatment for patients with acute low back pain and an absence of other signs or symptoms of lower limb nerve root involvement”.
British Clinical Standards Advisory Group Recommends Chiropractor Treatment
The group found that there is considerable evidence that manipulation can provide symptomatic relief in some patients with acute back pain. The group recommended that chiropractor manipulation should be available as a therapeutic option in the NHS.
Comparison of Medical & Chiropractor Management of Low Back Pain within Workforce
This study analysed all work-related low back pain claims over a twelve month period in Victoria, Australia. The researchers used the figures from the Victorian Accident Compensation Commission and compared outcomes between chiropractor & medical care. The study found that when chiropractic care was chosen:
- There was a significant reduction in the number of claimants requiring compensation days
- Fewer compensation days were taken
- There were fewer individuals progressed to long-term (chronic) pain status
- There was a significantly lower claim value with chiropractor care ($963.47) when compared with medical management ($2308.10).The investigators concluded that if up to 40% of low back pain cases were managed by a chiropractor then the direct savings within the Victorian WorkCare Scheme for the period would have been $10 million.
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Recommends Chiropractor Manipulation
This guideline was developed by a 23 member expert multidisciplinary panel. The group concluded that relief of discomfort of low back pain can be accomplished most safely by only two methods: non-prescription medication and/or spinal manipulation. Side-effects associated with medication were found to be greater than those from manipulation which were very limited.
Ontario Ministry of Health Recommends Chiropractor Care
The Ontario Ministry of Health commissioned a study to examine the effectiveness of chiropractic management of low back pain. The authors concluded that there is an overwhelming body of evidence demonstrating that chiropractor management of low back pain is the most cost effective, and that there would be highly significant cost savings if more management of back pain was transferred to chiropractors.
Roger Chou, MD, professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, states that there is mounting evidence supporting spinal manipulation for low back pain. Roger Chou has performed research into the benefits of medical interventions for the management of low back pain for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Professional Athletes Utilising Chiropractor Care
- “The Chiropractor is the most important person on the team staff” Lance Armstrong (every second counts).
Tiger Woods and Chiropractic Dr. Jeff Spencer D.C.
- Tiger Woods – top professional golfer “Being a chiropractor patient has really helped me immensely.”
- “…lifting weights and seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a better golfer. I’ve been going to Chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.”
- “One thing I know through experience is that I need to keep seeing my chiropractor, even when I have a few weeks off from golf,” says Padraig Harrington, whose major championships include two British Opens and the PGA Championship.
- “Getting ongoing chiropractic care helps me to stay injury-free. It also helps me to deal with symptoms when they begin, so that they don`t turn into bigger injuries down the road.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger & Evander Holyfield:
- Arnold Schwarzenegger – “Bodybuilders and fitness people have been using chiropractic very extensively in order to stay healthy and fit. I found it was better to go to a chiropractor before you get injured. We are a perfect team- the world of fitness and the world of chiropractors.”
- Evander Holyfield – “I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a chiropractor three times a week helps my performance. The majority of boxers go to get that edge.”
Journal of the American Medical Association 2017
An analysis of 15 studies involving more than 1,700 people with acute back pain was published in the April 11, 2017, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. Spinal manipulation as used by chiropractors was compared with traditional back pain management which included education, physical therapy, and medications. The results found spinal manipulation led to better overall function compared with the traditional care group.
William Kormos, M.D. Editor in Chief, Harvard Men’s Health Watch
Chiropractor Naas. Call Ross Allen (Chiropractor & Chartered Physiotherapist) on:
(045) 874 682.