WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is based on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system, with one of the most basic ideas in chiropractic being that dysfunction in the spine, and its joints, can result in dysfunction in the nervous system. As the nervous system controls and coordinates all of the bodies systems, dysfunction within the spine can have wide ranging effects on your bodies health.
Chiropractors are trained to identify these dysfunctions and treat them accordingly.
IS IT SAFE?
Yes, chiropractic treatment is safe when performed by a fully qualified, registered chiropractor. It is a drug free, surgery free, non invasive treatment of the spine and associated conditions. There have been many studies done showing chiropractic treatment to be much safer than many commonly used alternatives such as long term use of NSAID’s or surgery.
Your chiropractor is trained to recognise conditions which may require referral elsewhere.
WILL TREATMENT HURT?
Chiropractic treatment should not hurt. Most feel the benefits of treatment almost immediately, but some experience short term discomfort, or delayed onset soreness 1-2 days after, especially if their complaint is very acute and inflamed. This should soon pass as your body adapts to the changes that have been made. Your treatment will be tailored to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible.
WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT?
Also known as spinal manipulation, it is the application of a force (a quick, shallow thrust) to the spinal joints, that moves the target, or nearby joints, slightly beyond their normal range of motion. This is often accompanied by an audible pop, which is often due to a change in pressure between the joints resulting in a release of a gas bubble. This pop is not always required for the adjustment to be effective.
HOW QUICKLY WILL I FEEL BETTER?
Patients respond at different rates. Many report an immediate improvement after their first visit, while others may not until after a few sessions. How quickly an individual responds depends on many factors, such as how long you’ve had the problem, how severe it is, how many areas are involved and how quickly your body takes to heal.
Every person reacts differently and your chiropractor can advise you on your likely recovery time.
In most cases you will feel a definite change early in your treatment plan, but as a general rule, the longer you’ve had it, the longer it will take to get it sorted.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Your chiropractor will try to get you better as quickly as possible, but the number of treatments that a person may need depends on the individual. The speed at which you recover depends on a number of factors such as the severity of the complaint, how long you’ve been suffering with it, whether there is underlying degenerative or structural changes, whether it is aggravated by any particular habits or occupational postures and weather you follow your treatment plan and advise given.
You’re chiropractor will be able to give you a better idea of how many treatments you will need at your second session (Report of Findings) based on factors such as your condition, its severity and your response to the first treatment.
WILL I ALWAYS NEED TO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
This depends on what you want to get out of your chiropractic care. Some just see their chiropractor to sort out a specific problem, as and when they need it, whilst others see their chiropractor on a regular, periodic basis, in order to identify any problems and maintain a healthy functioning body.
Your Doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you should expect it to last.
IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE ONLY SUITABLE FOR BAD BACKS?
No, chiropractors treat a number of conditions. Give us a ring to find out if we can help you.
IS CHIROPRACTIC SUITABLE AFTER BACK SURGERY?
Many find chiropractic treatment beneficial after surgery. Treatment can be tailored to the individual with a full history and thorough examination.
IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE SUITABLE DURING PREGNANCY?
Yes, chiropractic care can be very beneficial during pregnancy in helping achieve and maintain pelvic balance, thus reducing back, neck or joint pain.
IS CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN?
Yes, children of all ages can benefit from chiropractic care. From newborns to teenagers, care is tailored to every patients needs.
DO I HAVE TO BE REFERRED BY MY GP?
No, chiropractors are primary health care practitioners, so you do not need to be referred by your GP, and can make an appointment directly with us.
Some private medical insurance companies do require a GP referel, we recomend you check this before attending for your appointment.
WHAT EDUCATION AND TRAINING DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?
Chiropractors in the UK study for 4-5 years to gain their degree. They are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with a specific emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system and the nerves that supply them. Once in practice a chiropractor must complete over 30 hours of continual professional development to continue practicing.