FAQ

 

Is Chiropractic suitable for me?

Chiropractic is suitable for everyone, treatment is tailored to the individual and can be made exceedingly gentle when needed meaning all age groups qualify from the newly born to the elderly.

Is Chiropractic safe even if I’ve previously had surgery?

Chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment and can be tailored to the individual’s needs.  Our practitioners are trained to recognise conditions which may need an onward referral to another medical professional, if they feel chiropractic cannot help, then they will provide you with the required information for  this.

Does it hurt?

Adjustments carried out by correctly qualified practitioners should not be painful. If you have an acute muscle spasm there may be some discomfort as even the lightest of touches can hurt in these cases.  Sometimes if you have had a problem for a while, you can experience some post treatment discomfort typically lasting for around 48 hours post treatment, your chiropractor can discuss this with you in your session.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of adjustments a person requires tends to depend of a lot of things such as how long you have had a problem, how severe it is, how quickly your body responds to treatment and how well you follow advice for things to do at home.  Your chiropractor will be able to give you an estimate of number of sessions at your report of findings.

Will my GP approve?

There is no reason why not. In 1996 The Royal College of General Practitioners issued guidelines for GP’s recommending manipulative treatment for lower back pain within the first 6 weeks of onset.  In 2009 The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended courses of manual therapy including manipulation, mobilisation and massage for the management of lower back pain.

How long will it take for me to feel better?

This is very much down to the individual and can be impacted by how long you have had a problem, how severe it is, how quickly your body responds to treatment and how well you follow advice for things to do at home.  A young, fit and healthy person will likely respond a lot faster than an older less fit and healthy individual. Chiropractic care isn’t fixing your body, it is restoring function so that your body can heal itself.

I can crack myself is this not the same thing?

You cannot properly control an adjustment to yourself and in a lot of cases cracking of your own joints only offers temporary relief.

Will I be treated at my consultation?

As a general rule if we feel confident in our working diagnosis and do not require any additional tests to be performed, we will always endeavour to provide some treatment at the initial appointment.  We understand that people come to us in pain and in some cases desperate for relief. If however, this is not appropriate, a separate treatment appointment can be booked if warranted, once all necessary tests or referrals have been completed.

Do I need to come back if I feel fine?

A lot of back complaints are brought on by the body failing to adapt to the lifestyle stresses and demands placed upon it over time.  Once you have completed your care and feel better you will likely still be placing these demands on the body, therefore the problem will likely reoccur.  

Regular adjustments can help your body deal with these stresses and adapt reducing the chances of a reoccurrence in the future and ensuring you function at your best.

This well-being care is optional.

Can I pay in advance for my Care?

We have options available for people who wish to pay in advance for their care. Your chiropractor can discuss these options with you at your appointment.  There is no obligation to do this and you are entitled to withdraw from care at any time and claim a refund of any monies remaining on your account.

Can I see a Chiropractor on the NHS?

Unfortunately, the clinical commissioning group in this area have not yet offered a contract to tender for chiropractic care so it is unavailable on the NHS locally.

Does Chiropractic Work?

As stated before in 1996 The Royal College of General Practitioners issued guidelines for GPs recommending manipulative treatment for lower back pain within the first 6 weeks of onset.  In 2009 The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended courses of manual therapy including manipulation, mobilisation and massage for the management of lower back pain.

However, as with all treatments, there is a small chance it won’t work for you. We minimise this risk by regularly reviewing your progress and if you are not following the expected outcome for your complaint, we will ensure to get you on the right track for care whether that is a different treatment modality or referring out for further investigations.

Can I claim for my treatment on my health insurance policy?

We are registered with most major insurance companies such as BUPA and AXA.  We will issue a receipt for any payments made. This can then be claimed back from your insurer.

How Long will my appointment be?

An initial consultation appointment can take up to one hour and generally where appropriate can include your first treatment session.  

Follow up adjustment sessions can take up to 20 minutes. If you have a particularly complex case with multiple issues your chiropractor may recommend book a slightly longer follow up session to allow for work on multiple areas or extra soft tissue work.

What is the ‘Popping’ sound?

When two joint surfaces are moved apart rapidly like in a chiropractic adjustment there is a change of pressure in the joint space.  This can create a bubble of gas in the joint fluid to ‘pop’. This sound is not significant and does not indicate whether the adjustment has been effective or not, exactly the same thing happens in the nervous system following an adjustment whether it ‘pops’ or not. It also does not hurt.