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Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be referred to a chiropractor by my GP?

No. Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession, so you do not need to be referred by your doctor. A chiropractor is trained to diagnose your problem and will refer you to another health-care practitioner if necessary. However, if you have medical insurance, some companies such as BUPA require a letter of referral from your GP.

Will treatment hurt?

Generally, a Chiropractic adjustment does not hurt – although there may be some minor short-term discomfort which quickly passes for most patients. You will normally find that follow-up treatments are much more pleasant, as your symptoms improve and you feel more at ease with your chiropractor.

Do chiropractors use x-rays?

Chiropractors are trained and licensed to take and read x-rays, however, any decision to take x-rays will be made in consultation with you. If we believe that x-rays are necessary for diagnostic purposes, we will refer you to our local private facilities.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Yes, chiropractic treatment has been proven to be extremely safe, much safer in fact than taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or having an anaesthetic during surgery. Chiropractic is a holistic, non-invasive approach to health. No surgery or drugs are involved. Chiropractic is the world’s third largest health care profession after medicine and dentistry and over the past 100 years millions of people have found help from chiropractic care, even after surgery. Your chiropractor will explain possible risks of treatment and discuss any concerns you may have prior to commencing with treatment.

What is the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?

Chiropractors are trained differently and also have different techniques.  In general terms chiropractors tend to focus on nerve and joint function and are also trained to take and interpret x-rays which osteopaths are not. Both professions have statutory regulation.

Why isn’t chiropractic available on the NHS?

Chiropractic is sometimes available on the NHS – it just depends on the individual primary care trusts. Unfortunately in our region, chiropractic care is not funded. Chiropractic is, however, covered by many healthcare insurance companies including BUPA and AXA PPP.

Who would benefit from chiropractic?

Chiropractic is suitable for all ages and can help with a wide range of aches and pains from head to toe.  It can help relieve pain and symptoms such as headaches, back problems, stiffness, stress, sports injuries, whiplash, sciatica – aches and pains in almost every part of the body from tip to toe.  Chiropractic also gives a general sense of well being as the body balances itself through treatment.  It is suitable for all ages, even pregnant women, people with arthritis or children with colic.

Can you help me improve my sports performance?

Yes, many patients have found significant improvement in their sports performance through Chiropractic. If you’ve had a sports injury, your we can help you recover quicker, with less pain and with minimal resultant dysfunction. More importantly we can determine any underlying dysfunction, and by correcting it, stop your problem from recurring.

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How often will I need to come?

On going chiropractic care can continue the healing process and help prevent your problem returning. In the beginning you will need more frequent adjustments in order to mobilise your spine and improve spinal function – this will usually result in the relief of ache or pain. The frequency of your visits is reduces as you respond to improved spinal function.

What training does a chiropractor have?

Chiropractors are highly trained primary contact health care professionals. On average a five-year, full-time university degree is required at an internationally recognised institution. The studies include anatomy, neurology, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, behavioural sciences, diagnosis and manipulative skills to mention but a few. Today chiropractors are the world’s most qualified and skilled professionals in manipulative therapy.

Is chiropractic suitable during pregnancy?

Yes, Chiropractic treatment is suitable and safe throughout the pregnancy, during labour and after giving birth. Chiropractic care can help with common problems associated with pregnancy such as pain in the back, pelvis and rib cage, and it can make labour easier through the balancing effect it has on the joints and ligaments. Talk to your chiropractor to learn more about how we can support you through your pregnancy and afterwards.

Can babies and children be treated?

Yes, people of all ages can benefit from Chiropractic care, although treatment techniques of the newborn obviously differ dramatically from those of adults. It is a good idea to have babies checked soon after birth. Any spinal or joint problems can then be dealt with early on before they cause further health problems. Chiropractors have also treated babies and children successfully for many years with a variety of health problems, such as hyperactivity and bedwetting and much more so please talk to your chiropractor to find out more!

Is chiropractic suitable after surgery?

Yes, chiropractic treatment is suitable after surgery in most cases. Your chiropractor will be able to advise according to your specific case. Post-surgical chiropractic treatment is aimed at balancing the weight bearing of the joints and to minimise premature spinal decay. Many patients who find they suffer with pain after surgery have found help from Chiropractic. Furthermore many patients have avoided unnecessary surgery and are enjoying life pain-free, thanks to chiropractic care. Talk to your Chiropractor to find out more.

What is the clicking or popping sound that I sometimes hear during an adjustment?

During chiropractic treatment you may experience clicking or popping sound coming from the joints. The sound is simply the harmless release of gas into the fluid in the joint – rather like if you crack your knuckles (which you shouldn’t do, by the way!).

How long will it take to get well?

Healing takes time and differs from person to person.

Who regulates chiropractic?

All chiropractors must be registered with, and are regulated by, the General Chiropractic Council.