Exminster Sports Injuries & Chiropractic Clinic opened on September 9th 2015 and closed on Monday 20th August 2018. Paul Hindle DC was the only chiropractor at the practise. Paul has been a chiropractor since 2012 after graduating from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth, England. Before that Paul worked as a personal trainer and sports masseuse at various venues around south and east Devon. Sports wise he has competed at county level in Basketball and regional level in Athletics specifically the 400m Hurdles.
The clinic treated a wide variety of patients not just sports injuries and the aim of this page going forward is to continue to provide a resource for patients to help explain common musculoskeletal problems and what you can do about them in terms of professional treatment as well as home care and exercises.
For those who don’t know what Chiropractic is, it began in the late 1800’s most likely as a spin off of osteopathy. Both osteopathy and chiropractic used very similar “adjustments” or manipulations of the spinal vertebra to improve movement and reduce nerve interference from what chiropractors termed “subluxations”. These days the term subluxation means a partial dislocation of a joint so it is not commonly used in modern chiropractic parlance but the same stiff joint complexes are still common in everyone especially as you get older so manipulations of the joints are an effective way of improving function and reducing pain.
Chiropractic has become the leading evidence based manual therapy and achieved statutory regulation in 1994 and received its royal charter in 2012. Modern chiropractors use a combination of manual therapies such as manipulation, mobilisation, massage, acupuncture and kinesiotaping along with exercise prescription to restore normal function to a patients muscles and joints. They undergo 4-5 years of university training depending on their previous qualifications and graduate with a masters degree in chiropractic. A further year of on the job training gives them the title “doctor of chiropractic” (DC). All chiropractors in the UK must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and complete at least 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year.