Peter Hillier Chiropractor

How Chiropractic Treatment can help back pain, neck pain, headaches

How can Peter Hillier help you

If the pain in your back, neck, shoulders, hips or knees is preventing you from working, from playing sport, or from doing any of the things you love to do, that's where Peter Hillier, Nelson Chiropractor may help.

Back pain

  • The “Global Burden of Disease” study reported that back pain is the leading cause of physical disability on the planet.  The study estimated that 632 million people suffer back pain globally.
  • In our society 9 out of 10 people will suffer a bout of back pain during their life.
  • Most back pain is recurrent – 50% of low back problems will return in a 2-year period.
  • So even if your back pain appears to be settling – do not ignore it as it will probably come back and often worse.

There has been a notion (sometimes called “the natural history of back pain”) which suggests that most back pain is mild and transitory and typically goes away after a month.  Sometimes this is right, but this view overlooks the high recurrence rates.  As the statistics above show – this is not an accurate picture of the scope of back pain. 

For example, the “Global Burden of Disease” study reported that low back pain is the sixth most important contributor to the global disease burden, and has a greater impact on global health than malaria, preterm birth complications, chronic obstructive lung diseases (such as asthma and emphysema), tuberculosis, diabetes or lung cancer.

Neck pain

  • The “Global Burden of Disease” study reported that neck pain is the number four cause of physical disability on the planet.  The study estimated that 332 million people suffer neck pain globally.
  • Neck pain is less well studied than back pain, and studies vary in their findings, but a common consensus is that between 4 and 7 people out of 10 will suffer a bout of neck pain during their life.
  • Like back pain, neck pain is often recurrent.


  • After back and neck pain, headaches are the third most common reason people consult a chiropractor.
  • There are various headache classifications, but most divide headaches into 2 categories – primary headaches which are not caused by an underlying disease process, and secondary headaches which are.  90% of headaches are primary, 10% secondary.
  • Headaches can be serious, and a medical check to exclude secondary headaches is advised.
  • Primary headaches are what brings headache sufferers to the chiropractor.  These are very common – 38% of the population suffer tension headaches, 10% suffer migraine headaches, and 4% suffer cervicogenic headaches. 

Extremity conditions

  • Treatment of spinal disorders remains the core of chiropractic, but many chiropractors also work on conditions in the extremities such as shoulders, knees, ankles.
  • The principles of spinal treatment – adjustment/manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue treatments, therapeutic exercises, are appropriate for many extremity conditions also.
  • Most chiropractic educational institutions now teach the diagnosis and management of extremity conditions.

What can you expect with our chiropractic care?

A highly trained professional

Chiropractors have five years of university level training where they focus on learning about the spine, joints, nerves, muscles and organs of the wonderfully complex human body.

The purpose of chiropractic treatment is to help people by reducing pain, restoring mobility to joints, improving muscle function, and improving function of the nervous system.

Your first appointment

At the front desk we begin by finding out about you, your body and what has happened to cause your pain.

In the treatment room Peter will take a more detailed history of your problem and health status, then do a physical examination using orthopaedic, neurological, and chiropractic tests to determine whether your problem can be helped by chiropractic treatment

If your problem has been caused by an accident then Peter can lodge an ACC claim on your behalf. This means ACC will pay part of the fee.

The treatment process

Peter will recommend treatment suited to your body, your history, your problem and your preferences.

He uses a range of techniques and will choose treatment options in consultation with you.

Most treatments occur lying or sitting on the adjustment table. Patients remain fully-clothed and are welcome to have family or friends accompany them.

How long will it take?

Although the first visit is longer, a standard visit is fifteen minutes.

Sometimes people experience amazing relief from a single visit but it is more usual that a course of treatment will be required to get you out of pain and to restore normal function.

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