What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a Regulated Primary Health Care Profession. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent conditions of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints and muscles) as well as the effect that these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. Following a complete history and examination, Chiropractic treatment may consist of mobilisation of the spine and/or joints, massage/active release of muscles/ tissues of the body, ultrasound, taping techniques (for Sport-related injuries) or Dry Needling (Western Acupuncture).
Chiropractic is suitable for all from birth to the elderly and pregnant women to athletes.
About F.I.T.T. CHIROPRACTIC
At F.I.T.T. CHIROPRACTIC, we offer the highest standard of patient care. We aim to treat all patients with integrity, devotion, and compassion. Located in Brewery Square, Dorchester, our mission is to help you regain function and improve your overall quality of life.
We are committed to identifying your core issues, developing your knowledge and providing you with solutions in order to redefine the way you move and feel.
From musculoskeletal pain to Sport specific conditioning, our unique and progressive treatment will address the cause of your pathology, treat your symptoms and get you to return to optimal well being and fitness.
Chiropractic Treatments are focused on patient empowerment through education, therapeutic techniques, and exercise prescriptions tailored to you.
Initial Assessment & Examination
During your initial visit we will discuss the symptoms or issues that are keeping you from optimum health. We will also discuss your lifestyle and job requirements, as those will be important for goal setting. We will take a thorough history and perform a skilled evaluation that involves tests and measures so we can properly diagnose and formulate an action plan. This will include treatment and education to support you in getting you to where you want to be as quickly as possible.
You can expect a thorough summary of your assessment findings including causes and underlying issues that need to be addressed, lifestyle modifications and an array of possible interventions.
Initial Examination includes
History Intake; Evaluation; Education on Diagnosis; Prognosis and lifestyle modifications; Exercise prescription; Plan of Action and Goal Setting. Initial Treatment.
During a follow up visit, we will discuss any new findings or updates, then re-assess with tests and measures necessary.
We take your time seriously and will work hard to get you back feeling great and moving with ease as quickly as possible.
Follow ups include
Re-assessment, Review of prescribed exercises, education on current status, prognosis and renewed exercise prescription. Treatment.
WE ARE STILL OPEN
Following the current government guidelines we wanted to reassure you all that we will remain OPEN.
We have strict risk assessments in place, PPE and hygiene procedureshich continue to be our priority. Being available to you will inevitably take any pressure off the NHS.
We will continue to provide a safe environment for you to visit by following the guidelines issued by our professional associations, regulators and Public Health England.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are in isolation and have any questions. We are obviously happy to help over the phone if necessary.
We look forward to seeing/hearing from you. In the meantime, please Stay safe!
F.I.T.T. CHIROPRACTIC SERVICES
We take the time to understand the root of your problem in order to provide the best and most effective treatment. Through our years of experience, we’ve found that Continued Care is a crucial part of the recovery process.
Functional Integrated Therapy Techniques
Functional Integrated Therapy forms an integral part of our approach to treating the whole body, not just a complaint in isolation. This service is fundamental to ensuring our patients'long-term health and wellness. F.I.T.T. (Functional Integrated Therapy Techniques ) means that we will look after you with a range of techniques depending on your individual needs. So whether its an acute sport-specific injury or a chronic back condition we have all the resources to get you pain-free and moving with optimal function.
Assessment, Diagnosis & Report of Findings
At F.I.T.T. CHIROPRACTIC, we hear your story and take a detailed history. To that end, we create an individualized treatment plan including Assessment & Diagnosis aimed at achieving the functional goals we set together. We believe that spending the time to examine you is crucial which is why we allow for an hour to effectively diagnose your condition. Following our Assessment & Diagnosis, we create a detailed Report of Findings outlining your condition, and an action plan for getting you to return to play (if sport-specific) or just moving again without pain.
Conditions that We Treat
Running and Sports Injuries
Headaches/Migraine Related Pain
Shoulder/Postural Related Pain
Hip and Knee Pain
Wrist and Thumb Pain
Carpal Tunnel syndrome
Foot and Heel Pain
General Aches and Pains
This is a list of common conditions that we treat but is by no means all-encompassing.
We’re Here When You Need Us
Monday 9am - 6:30pm
Tuesday 9am - 6:30pm
Thursday 9am - 6:00pm
Friday 9am - 6:00pm
10 Pope Street
Brewery Square, Dorchester, DT11GW
Who we are
Dr. Annabelle Thorne B.Sc. Sport Therapy, MChiro, DC
Annabelle is a registered Chiropractor in Dorchester, Dorset and Owner of
F.I.T.T Chiropractic. She has more than 20 years of progressive experience in movement
therapy techniques, orthopaedic and Sport Therapy Rehabilitation.
Annabelle graduated with a Sport Therapy degree from York University in Toronto,
Canada. She worked for many years with elite level athletes in Sport Injury
management and rehabilitation before going on to study for her Masters degree in
Chiropractic Medicine from the world renowned Anglo-European college of
Chiropractic in Bournemouth .
Annabelle started F.I.T.T. Chiropractic with the belief that every patient's needs are different and unique; therefore wanted the autonomy to provide one-on-one, individualized care that express those beliefs. She feels that empowering patients with actionable and accurate knowledge, as well as getting patients involved as much as possible in their own care has proven a success for her .
Annabelle has received training and holds certifications in various manual therapy techniques; including being fully Certified in Pilates Mat and Equipment, Functional Movement Systems including Feldenkrais and Alexander technique, Functional Dry Needling/ Medical Acupuncture, Active Release Techniques Practitioner and Certified in Kinesiotaping level 1 , 2 and 3.
These practices, along with therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular re-education are integrated into her sessions to successfully treat underlying causes of pain or dysfunction.
Annabelle has successfully treated patients in Toronto, Canada, Miami, Florida and Dorset, United Kingdom.. She is registered with the Anglo- European College of Chiropractic, the BCA British Chiropractic Association, The Royal College of Chiropractors and in Canada under the Board of Allied Health Professions and is also a member of the Canadian Sport Therapy Association (CAT). She is also registered for insurance plans under AXA, Aviva, and BUPA in the UK.
“My passion for healing began following a knee injury which played havoc on my competitive career as a track and field athlete. However, I was inspired by the motivation I saw in other athletes and I decided to dedicate myself to helping them
also recover from injury and return to play.
“I became a fully certified instructor in Mat and Reformer Pilates, and spent my time educating others on how to maximise their potential through various movement therapies, aiding and speeding their recovery. I have worked with professional athletes including those from the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey team and Toronto football club to name a few.
“In recent years, I have taken a particular interest in paediatrics and child motor/muscle development in sport.”
Annabelle is dedicated to the treatment of all ailments affecting the young and the elderly to ensure efficiency of movement in day to day life.
Ian Denslow MCSP MSC Physiotherapy
Ian is a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist and owner of Dorset Neuro Rehab.
Based in Dorchester but also offering consultations across Dorset and beyond, Ian has vast
experience assessing and treating clients with neurological conditions having worked in
different neurological specialisms in different localities.
Ian graduated from the University of Southampton with a Masters of Science Degree in
Physiotherapy in 2011. Prior to this he attained a First Class Honours Degree in Sports
Sciences (Exercise and Fitness) from Brunel University in 2009.
Ian started Dorset Neuro Rehab in 2019 and is now fulfilling his vision of establishing the business full time across Dorset. Ian developed his specialist interest in neurology whilst working in the NHS, most notably at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Injury Centre in Salisbury and also in the Stroke and Neurology services at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.
The driving force behind the service Ian delivers is the interactions he has with his clients. It is the ethos of Dorset Neuro Rehab to put the client at the heart of their own rehabilitation, working towards goals that are meaningful and purposeful to them.
Ian is excited by this new opportunity to offer his services based at the F.I.I.T Chiropractic Clinic and shares the same values and beliefs as Dr Annabelle Thorne in delivering unique and individualised interventions that empower clients to optimal well being and fitness.
Alongside his work commitments Ian is a keen volleyball player and cyclist. He also has a beautiful Golden Retriever who is as mischievous as his puppy-like demeanour suggests!
Our goal at F.I.T.T. CHIROPRACTIC is to restore your mobility, keep you moving and ensure your rehabilitation is effective, efficient and stress-free. We offer the highest standard of treatment and patient care. Book your appointment with us today.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of health insurance do you accept?
At FITT we collaborate with a wide variety of health insurance providers including Bupa, Axa and Aviva. All we would need is your insurance policy number and we will take care of the rest to get the appropriate treatment plan in place for you.
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
You do not need a doctors referral to see a Chiropractor. However, with your consent if we feel we need to collaborate with your GP to access additional information or obtain further imaging/ xrays we can do this for you.
What is your new patient procedure?
When you arrive for your first appointment our friendly staff will have you fill out a new patient examination form which will outline your health history and any medications you might be taking. We will then take a thorough history of your health, followed by an extensive physical examination in order to accurately diagnose any precipitating conditions involved. This will be followed by an initial treatment. The whole process should take about an hour. On your second visit, a Report of Findings will be explained to you and you will be given a rehabilitative exercise program to get you moving optimally again within your treament plan.