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Chiropractic Prices & Fees

Chiropractic treatment provides the most affordable, effective measures to help reduce your pain & manage your spinal health conditions.

At Dublin City Chiropractic we offer very competitive rates for world class Chiropractic spinal health treatment & maintenance.

We offer a fair and transparent pricing structure as not to discriminate making affordable chiropractic care accessible to everyone who needs it.

Ultimately the real cost is can you afford to be sick or out of work due to pain and disability, as well as the quality and enjoyment of life

In Ireland health insurance policies cover your chiropractic care, meaning that with the reimbursement, treatment could work out almost totally free. There is also a med one form which can allow a tax rebate of up to 20% of the cost of your health expenditure.

We offer a free initial assessment for anyone wishing to come and meet our Chiropractor to discuss their individual issues. We then can offer treatment prices from as little as €30 a session.

All research and guidelines state that non invasive treatments should be used and exhausted before any form of invasive medical procedure. Even in regards to imaging, unless there is significant progressive neurological deficit or red flags present. Which in my 10years of experience is very rare.

Cost of MRI = €300

Cost of Orthopaedic Consultant = €200

Joint Injections = Over €275

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Advanced Chiro Core

5 New Advanced Core Exercises

5 Advanced Core Exercises –

Only to be done when recommended by your chiropractor. These positions are advanced with the potential to aggravate any underlying issue or effect your recovery. Do not try until you have mastered the beginner core exercises.

  • 1) Plank Taps & Plank Rolls – Each can be done for 30seconds- 1minute, control the movement, contract the core.
  • 2) Extension Superman – Lift chest arm and head with legs at the top end squeeze for 2-5seconds, should be slow and controlled not jarring.
  • 3) Bear Walk – On toes and hands with knees up, straight back and spine – move forward and back a few steps with control & keeping height in the back.
  • 4) Plank Walks- From a plank position walk the hands in towards the feet whilst hinging the hips, loading the gluts and hamstrings not your low back. (hinge)
  • 5) Boat Pose – 10seconds Holds, tall and long through your low back with chest high, keep the back engaged and not rounded in this pose

You can see all earlier exercises HERE.

Abdominal Bracing & Core Control

How to brace and contract for stability and strength in your spine

Previously we have learnt how to breath correctly and control are breathing cycle. Now we will learn how to start controlling and activating our core control to help create spinal stability.

Abdominal Core Control / Bracing

Your Core is made of up of a series of muscle groups surrounding and helping to control your trunk. spine & posture. The main areas being your diaphragm, abdominals, spinal and pelvic floor each area made of superficial and deeper muscle groups.

Connecting With Your Core

  • Lie on your back with knees bent, pelvis and low back tucked back to the ground,
  • Place your hands, flat palm down, below your belly button and above your trouser line — this is your target area of contraction,
  • Initially start your controlled deep breathing cycle – trying to fill the stomach,
  • At the peak of your inhale try and contract your lower abdominal muscle group where your hands are placed, hold for a couple of seconds and release the contraction and breath out,
  • Once you start being able to more comfortable with this you can try and hold the contraction through the entire breath cycle

Practise daily for a couple of minutes

note- once you are bracing correctly there should be very minimal impact on your breathing from the lower abdominal contraction

References

  1. Juker, D. et al. Quantitative intramuscular myoelectric activity of lumbar portions of psoas and the abdominal wall during a wide variety of tasks.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30 (2): 301-310.
  2. McGill, S. Low Back Disorders: Evidence Based Prevention and Rehabilitation. 2002. Human Kinetics Publishers.

Breathing & Chiropractic

Bad Back – Bad Breathing

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learn to breath

From the moment we are born until we take our last breath…..how much time do you take to think about breathing?

Pulmonary Oxygenation in your lungs is a key component of life, health & wellbeing. This should be done normally through diaphragmatic (belly) breathing. During this blood oxygenation, digestive organ stimulation, and normal blood flow & tissue nutrition is achieved.

Chiropractic patients with chronic pain, hyperalgesia, muscular tension, sitting ergonomics, postural disturbance, thoracic & rib issues classically costochondritis have common breathing pattern disturbances which utilise the upper chest and shoulders. Negatively effecting the diaphragmatic musculature and making accessory breathing muscles work harder – adding to tension in the shoulders, upper back, neck & jaw.

Chest breathing is also a key component of our flight or flight sympathetic stress response & a hallmark of hyperarousal. Which is why as times of peak stress we can hyperventilate and a sign often associated with panic or anxiety attacks.

We take diaphragmatic breathing into account during spinal rehabilitation as it a as it helps create healthier movement patterns, to develop normal movement & strength from. Which will help the process of healing, stress and wellbeing.

Breathing Exercise One;

Lying on the ground body relaxed pelvis and low back comfortably tucked back to the floor. Place your hands below your your rib cage and above your belly button (as shown below).

Aim to breath into your abdomen/stomach area. Advancement of this is to start tilting your pelvis back and forward whilst concentrating on your smooth even full breath. Practise breathing through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.

normal breathing pattern

Exercise Two;

Abdominal Breathing Pattern Training

A continuation from the above exercise is to start following a set pattern to control the diaphragm, volume and rate of breathing. Its an extremely good when anxious or stressed to reduce sympathetic stress and bring you into a more parasympathetic state. The change this can create an incredible lowering of your heart rate..

Take your time with this the aim is to be controlled and relaxed. Even starting to do this 1 or 2 times a day for a few minutes can create physiological body changes.

When mastered, this can then be done in sitting, standing or normal day to day activities

Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth!

Remember we are breathing to mobilise the rib cage and reduce physical tension throughout the body, promoting mental/emotional relaxation, deeper sleep, improved energy levels, and decreased levels of stress.

Day to Day also try and practise nasal breathing as much as possible!

References

  1. Koelbaek-Johansen M, Graven-Nielsen T, Olesen AS, Arendt-Nielsen L. Generalised muscular hyperalgesia in chronic whiplash syndrome. Pain 1999; 83:229-234.
  2. Sterling M, Treleaven J, Edwards S, et al. Pressure pain thresholds in chronic whiplash associated disorder: Further evidence of altered central pain processing. J Musculoskeletal Pain 2002;10:69-81.
  3. Chaitow L. Fibromyalgia and Muscle Pain. New York: Harper Collins, 1995.
  4. Upledger J. Craniosacral Therapy II: Beyond the Dura. Seattle, Wash.: Eastland Press, 1987.
  5. Farhi D. The Breathing Book. New York: Henry Holt, 1996.

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