Dr Matthew Pigden (DC) graduated with a first class degree in Chiropractic from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in 2002. He also has a BSc(Hons) degree in Applied Sports Science.
Since graduating Matthew has worked and lived in the beautiful Peak District, Derbyshire, combining his knowledge of sports science and exercise physiology with chiropractic practice. During this time Matthew has been fortunate enough to work with a wide variety of clients, in particular, elite athletes such as Ellie Koyander (Olympic Skier), Jon Kirkham (BSB – British Super Bike rider) and many of the country’s top competition climbers with his role as the British Climbing Team official chiropractor. During his time working with these athletes he has travelled around the world to world cup events including France, Switzerland, Italy, Holland and even South Korea.
As a keen climber and skier Matthew has also competed for the Great Britain Ice Climbing team in the 2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup and has been on numerous expeditions around the world including South America, Canada, Norway, Slovakia and has spent considerable time in the European Alps climbing some of the most challenging alpine routes in Europe.
Matthew has focussed his chiropractic career around a form of functional neurological testing called Afferent Input Technique, which uses functional muscle testing to identify injured structures in the body and then isolate the primary cause of these injuries. This system has identified that often one main injury causes secondary injuries to occur in compensation. Treatments often fail to resolve a patient’s symptoms if the underlying issue hasn’t been identified and addressed. In this way Matthew has been highly successful when integrating his diagnostic skills with other forms of therapy. Matthew often receives referrals from other practitioners who require a second opinion as to the cause of a patient’s pain, especially when treatment procedures have otherwise failed. Whilst Matthew mainly focusses on manipulative therapy, he is also trained in acupuncture, various soft tissue therapies, taping, orthotic therapy and nutritional therapy. However, Matthew prefers to focus mainly on precise diagnostic procedures and manipulation where appropriate and refers out for other treatment modalities to appropriate specialist practitioners.
Matthew believes that patients get the best outcomes when the appropriate diagnosis is made first and the primary and secondary areas treated and stabilised. The patient should then follow up with referral for soft tissue therapy, ergonomic and lifestyle interventions such as work place changes, bracing or orthotic therapy as appropriate, and finally rehabilitation being used to make the patient fully functional, robust and pain free.