About

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” ( World Health Organisation)

Spinal Joint was first established by Richard Lanigan DC MSc and Danish Chiropractor Ole Wessung DC, in Kingsmeadow Football Stadium in 1993. Moving to Kings Road, North Kingston in 1998 (Family Chiropractic) and then to current location on Park Road in 2003. The Thames Ditton clinic opened in 2011

For many years the Spinal Joint offered a whole range of services with many different practitioners chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths, specialising in conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. The Covid pandemic of 2020, highlighted the lack of consensus in health science, however one thing is certain; people who take care of their health fared better than those who do not. Richard learned this the hard way having recovered from a terminal cancer diagnosis in 2013 and decided to broaden the focus of the practice to the health of clients and the effect sedentary posture is having on wellbeing, as well as resolving those aches and pains which brings people to the practice.

The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”. 

Thomas Edison 1903

This quote from early 1900s is attributed to Thomas Edison (inventor of the light bulb) and forms the basis of Spinal Joint’s philosophy on chiropractic and wellbeing. That is not to say we are at odds with medical treatment, which works well when pathology is present or when emergency intervention is necessary, however wellbeing is determined by lifestyle, not the latest product produced by the pharmaceutical industry. A healthy lifestyle should start young, with a good diet and much more time spent running than sat at a computer, fortunatly it’s never too late to start.

Reduced funding to the NHS, means “primary care” is in crisis, its difficult to get an appointment when you need it and GPs have less time to adequately asses patients and now many consultations are conducted online. Rather than becoming Edisons “doctor of the future”, GPs are even more reliant on their prescription pad, which has already led to a massive increase in “iatrogenic” illness in recent years, estimated in some studies to be the third largest cause of death in US , after cancer and heart disease. Should we be surprised when you consider insured Americans spend more on medical care, than any other country, or perhaps that is the explanation?

For many years antibiotics were the panacea for every patient with a temperature and over prescribing them is a major health problem. Patients in pain who could have been offered conservative interventions were prescribed opioids, because political decisions means, GPs no longer have the time to take a good history and perform a thorough examination, to find out what is causing the problem. Worse still when a patient report the opioids are not effective, the solution is often to increase the dose, before referring for secondary care. Then a manageable acute problem has become chronic, something we regularly see at Spinal Joint. We take the time to find out what is causing the problem and on those occasions we don’t know, we say it, as imaging may be required.

Only in exceptional circumstances should pain medication be the first option, pain is there to inform you that something is wrong, pain medications masks the underlying cause of a problem and continued use of pain meds increases the likelihood of chronicity and osteoarthritis later in life. Chronic pain is a therapeutic failure when the problem was in the acute stage.

Most people who attend Spinal Joint for the first time, present with aches and pain which may  be debilitating or just preventing them from performing normal daily activities. Many don’t understand why they are continuing to experience discomfort, when they have reduced daily activities; not realising, resting or sitting for long periods, alters spinal posture, reduces joint range of movement, causing more stiffness and pain. Joint movement is the key to a good recovery, something that the medical profession only began to understand in the 90s. In 2000 they were still advising; bedrest and pills, until even medical research showed, patient satisfaction was greater for those who had chiropractic care for low back pain.

It is generally accepted that restoring and maintaining spinal joint motion with chiropractic care, inhibits nerve pain transmission, relaxes tight muscles and improves movement co-ordination and posture. Exercise and movement has an inhibitory affect on pain and explains why joint pain is often worse first thing in morning, after a long drive or time sitting at a computer. 

For people in pain, returning to physical activity may not be easy and early intervention is key to restoring normal function and breaking the self perpetuating cycle of pain inflammation and muscle spasm before it becomes chronic. Spinal manipulation is a skill, and is best performed by a “experienced practitioner”, helping people return to normal activity faster, after their spine and pelvic joints have seized up.

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