26 May 2015
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Chiropractor Andy Wilkins

Hi, I am Andy Wilkins from Gwent Hospitals Contributory Fund. I am here today to introduce to talk to Ben Bacon from GCC. He was going to answer some questions from me about his work as chiropractor. “Hello Ben, can you explain in more detail what chiropractic work entails?” Andy said.

“Yes sure. Essentially, chiropractic entails the diagnosis treatment and the management, Muscularis Mucosae disorders and its impact upon the nervous system in the body. Chiropractors tend to use spinal manipulation which verify gently adjustments to the joint season hand in your hands and sometimes gentle tools. And also they do adjustments which are another term for concentric for two years. We emphasize the holistic treatment, so we are really trying to combine all aspects of the biopsychosocial model or when which would fit in society, social, chemical and physical aspects of your lifestyle,” Ben said.
“How long do you need to study and what qualifications do you need and the about to be a qualified chiropractor?” Andy asks. “Essentially, that there is two degrees depends on which university you study from Europe and it is either four year of five year degree ending in either PSC or NMC.

The actual degree modules of a submitted medical degrees, but because it is vocational and from the beginning, your folks on becoming a chiropractor. Then the modules are more tailored and more specific of course, so there is a heavy emphasis on the investigation and diagnosis and on the physical and previous treatments,” Ben says.
“In your opinion, is there a typical patient that comes to you on a regular basis?” Andy asks. “This is quite a wide range in fact. We treat everything from newborn to the elderly. But I tend to have an emphasis on the more complex mechanical injuries and reflex injuries. And obviously we tend to find the majority of the patients of common regarding back reflex of being injuries,” Ben said.

“What causes most back injuries?” Andy asks.
“Well that is a good question. The problem we have with them what causes most back injuries is that there is so many impacts upon that point. We can do the same course, leaning over, reaching over stretching. But depending on your fitness levels depending on your age, your condition, your sex, depending on your BMI levels, and also depending on what you doing just prior to the, has a huge impact upon the outcome. Also, it depends on the speed recovery, depends on aspects of which we have actually judge that time, which relates to your lifestyle factors. So there is a large variety of factors that you take in consideration for every course and it’s making an easy thing by any means. We tend to find that each in his patient needs to be thoroughly examined and really have a very particular patient outcome treatment given to them,” Ben said.

“What you consider to be the most common causes stress on the back?” Andy asks.
“I have to say for the postural. In all aspects, a modern lifestyle is a no easy thing for nowadays. We have quite a different a lifestyle to our grandparents. They have a very physical lifestyle, they had no cars, and they constantly had to survive to find. We have much more adaptable environment and the century. And because of that, were creating a lot of risks every day and that’s a century aspects, we constituents and creates all minors of injury like to see creep,” Ben said.

“Is there a time limit for holding a position before you can do damage?” Ben asks.
“That is the creep I have mentioned this is the classic there, the forty minutes rule is very much governs by how long it takes for the muscles and ligaments to adapt to a position, being on work or laying on the sofa with his computer and that’s the secret point,” Ben says.

“Ben, why are inactive muscles particularly at risks?” Andy asks.
“The aspects of the inactivity, they turn off. The mechanics and the muscles response to an actually activities so when you command to move, there is more than one muscle is needed to move. When it commands to move, they have to file a sequence. If they don’t do this, they create injury but you are not necessarily aware of this until many days or even months later. This is the aspect of this creep injury that can develop,” Ben says.
“There is often a lot of talk about repetitive strain injuries or RSI. Can you shows some light on this please,” Andy says.

“The classics obviously on the computer, the mouse position, the desk position in front of the computer but now there so many more factors at play with regarding other handheld devices and PDA’s. And the aspects of which were now using swelling creeps in the hand, and we may be playing an addictive games or work with new work environments with a different type of PDA. And they close screens which means the month for giving, and little muscle of the hand are also in for giving so they will react. And they start to create more patents of injury that take less to trigger of an injury patent that relapses. So the RSI can easily develop and be triggered off by annotation now. And have a great big flow of,” Ben said.

“What about injuries and pain that come from trauma and not necessarily lifestyle choices or activities?” Andy asks.
“Well the obvious one here is reflex. The biggest of course when we are dealing with traumatic reflex was a cervical acceleration, deceleration syndrome. One of the reports I have complied and finalized report for publication shows that actually the speedy recovery of a patient being treated quickly.

As opposed to one that is delayed for six months, gets much faster to respond from chiropractic treatment. Now that may sound obvious, but this is a level of which the research, the medical legal research is that and they need much more of this but for my profession and for other professions,” Ben said.

“Ben, it is estimated that back pain associated musculoskeletal conditions cause society an estimated seven billion pounds a year. Principally through the $10 million working days with the lost, as a result of absenteeism, what are your thoughts on this?” Andy asks.
“It is expensive, the figures it to find now. It is a situation where the employer needs to really address the business stuff. It is not right that they are not the biggest asset to start. I think if we go into the aspects retrieve in return to work within one to two weeks. If we can achieve that and they can stay in work effectively, productively and then, with a few small changes that can be a win situation regarding the mutual benefits both to the employer and to the employee,” Ben said.

“Ben, you work with a lot of companies across South Wales leasing with occupational health departments to encourage employees, took off their bodies in a better way of a treatment for any problems they may have. But with the current financial page, not all companies particularly SME’s, a well-paced to offer such health books. What would you suggest in this instance?” Andy asks.

“I think all encompassing which means expecting are valuable by the employee. But I think in the future the big boss and it has to be more cost-effective and user-friendly products available. And I think in a circumstance, we have grants of his conservative fund of this very valuable. And a low cost cash health plan and that can cover many aspects that. And who would think chiropractic acupuncture and physical therapy could all be covered under those sorts of cash plans but they are. And ultimately, we are here to help,” Ben said.

“That’s great Ben. Thank you very much. Some very valuable information. Thanks again,”

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