Frequently Asked Questions
What Can Be Done To Actually Correct This Problem With My Spine?
This is a question we are posed frequently. Many people go through countless procedures (drugs, surgery, massage [massage is extremely supportive of correction, but is not corrective of incorrect spinal function], physical therapy etc., often alleviating the symptoms without correcting the actual cause.)
Proper correction must always include:
A proper postural assessment in measureable terms. (If you don’t measure it you cannot see or demonstrate its’ improvement.)
Finding the history and cause of the problem. (The recent simple trip and discomfort requires a completely different approach to somebody who had a car accident 30 years ago and now has acute back pain with or without raging sciatica, or a very tight painful neck with other symptoms in the upper body or arm(s).
Determining if there are any other body performance malfunctions associated with the spine and nerve interference (the majority of people with long term spinal complaints also have other ‘body performance compromises’).
Only when the proper assessment and rectification of the matters has been completed can the problem be regarded as corrected. Sometimes maintenance of correction is recommended, this varies from one case to the next.
Will I Be In Pain During Treatment?
The correction of a spinal complaint by manual procedures performed by a suitably educated and trained expert is invariably a comfortable and reassuring encounter. Many people do not know this, but it is extremely rare for the treatment to involve any great degree of discomfort. In the rare instances of patient discomfort this would usually be attributable to an extremely acute condition causing the overlying soft tissues about the area to be treated to be tender or inflamed. In the highly unusual case of discomfort associated with treatment, it is virtually unheard of for patients to feel discomfort related to treatment after the initial visits.
In most practices the setting will be congenial with helpful staff working to ensure the greatest possible relaxation and comfort of the patient. Therefore try to ensure you find a practice where you can be comfortable in a relaxed atmosphere. This can often make a significant difference to your outcome as the condition itself often involves a considerable amount of tension – less likely to be resolved in a stressful environment.
How Safe Is Treatment?
Spinal correction performed by a properly qualified practitioner has been testified to be among the safest forms of health restoration. Research has shown the risk of injury subsequent to such therapeutic encounter to be less than 1 in 3,000,000. This was disclosed in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics more than ten years ago and compares extremely favourably with medication and surgery.
Looking at one of the most widely used and relatively benign medications – aspirin is reported to be directly responsible for in excess of 10,000 mortalities per annum, and the Merck Manual reports it to be one the most common causes of poisoning.
In one study of surgical procedures, such interventions were seen to be inappropriate in 40% of cases with negative outcomes in 40% of the remainder (What Doctors Don’t Tell You – Lynne McTaggart. June 1994); further, the effects of surgery can often be extremely difficult to reverse.
Who Is Dr Parker?
Dr Parker graduated from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in 1989, commencing practice as an associate in London. Opening his own practice some eighteen months later in Guildford, twelve years later he founded the Dorking practice and has been in continuous education and practice since 1984.
Since 1998 Dr Parker has held the post of Post-Graduate Training lecturer and coordinator for colleagues in the South West Thames region and has officiated as an examiner at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic.
He has travelled the world in pursuit of excellence in practice, completed multiple diverse post-graduate courses and observed in excess of 45 colleagues in practice towards the same end.
He has given talks to medical doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, midwives, health visitors and other health professionals as well as cross-professional groups, societies, companies and other public bodies on the characteristics and benefits of spinal correction. He will happily talk to any interested group or party with an interest in health furtherance or propagation.
His self-declared purpose is to inform, educate and correct the spines of as many families as possible –using only the finest natural means and techniques.
His ultimate goal would be the understanding, implementation and proliferation of non-invasive therapies throughout the inhabited world. If you have any influence at all in these spheres your assistance would be enormously appreciated.
He has been a Dorking resident since 1989, and his wife Claire and their 3 daughters are all lifetime Dorking residents, and chiropractic beneficiaries