Universal and personalised
Chiropractic is an umbrella term for the manual treatment of functional defects in the locomotor system, in particular the spine. Its range of applications is very wide, there are no age limits, and outcomes can be amazing in some cases.
The chiropractor arrives at a diagnosis following confidential consultation, a clinical examination, and X-rays, and goes on to begin treatment designed to suit the patient’s specific needs.
Experienced and proficient
The Chiropractic Service at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre is organisationally affiliated to the Outpatient Care Unit. You can be sure of expert treatment from start to finish, facilitated by access to a wide range of infrastructure alongside close collaboration with various specialists.
The chiropractor Dr. Ernst W. Schroeder leads the service. As well as extensive training including several years of professional studies in the United States, he also has many years of practical professional experience. As an independent specialist, he works with the SPC in a consultant role; he also runs his own practice in Bern.
Inpatient and outpatient
The Chiropractic Service is an integral part of our comprehensive rehabilitation services for paraplegic and tetraplegic patients admitted to the SPC. Outpatients can use the Chiropractic Service on a walk-in basis.
We can help treat the following conditions and symptoms, among others:
Headaches (tension, migraines)
Stiff neck (torticollis)
Lower back pain
Chronic lower-back pain
Sciatic pain, slipped disk, herniated disk
Joint trouble: Shoulders, elbows, hands, knees, and feet
Organic diseases, particularly those occurring in babies and small children: Nose and throat infections, baby colic, asthma
Manual and mechanical
The drop mechanism technique and the activator instrument technique are among the most effective of more than 100 chiropractic treatment techniques available.
The drop mechanism we use, built into a table, can be precisely set so that the surface of the table drops a few centimetres when a specific force is applied. This movement is transmitted to individual segments of the spine without causing any spinal misalignment.
The activator instrument delivers a high-velocity but low-intensity pulse directly to individual vertebrae. Muscular treatments can be used to complement therapy.
Cause and effect
There can be several causes for functional, segmental blocks along the spine. Some vertebrae could be “locked” at birth – think of a drawer that is stuck. Aches and impairments to the range of motion generally occur much more frequently than acute or delayed consequences from accidents or injuries. Road accidents, incorrect working techniques (bending, lifting weight) as well as slow deterioration caused by work, leisure or sporting activity can all cause impairments of the spine or of joints, such as hands, elbows, shoulders, knees and feet.
The chiropractor aims to restore harmony of movement to the entire spine, or to set individual vertebrae in position.
Treatment and techniques
Special grips and techniques set complex reflex mechanisms in motion. The stasis and functions of the spine are manipulated. Treatment of individual segments is always targeting the whole, as the actual site of pain may not indicate its origin.
Lower back pain is often caused by a constricted or blocked cervical vertebra. Proper treatment using this technique also helps with organic diseases and generally stimulates patients’ self-recovery.
In many cases, chiropractic treatment can offer a lasting remedy to complaints, and in some cases can even mean avoiding surgery.
Recognised and insured
The chiropractic discipline originated in the United States, where David D. Palmer applied it for the first time in 1895. He went on to establish the first school for chiropractic education and training. It has been practised in Switzerland since 1931 – albeit illegally at first; this new form of treatment continued to grow in popularity, despite vehement resistance from conventional medical practitioners.
The legal position of the chiropractic discipline is now long-established. Costs for treatment are covered in full by health insurance schemes and accident insurance policies. This is the case even when the patient registers for chiropractic treatment independently, without being referred by their primary care physician (except HMO and family doctor model).