Frequently Asked Questions
Before contacting us, please browse our FAQ.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effect of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and on general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment. All chiropractic treatment is regulated by the Chiropractors Act 1994.
Why should I be visiting a Chiropractor?
The latest evidence for the treatment of back pain, including the UK Back Pain Exercise and Manipulation trial and European Guidelines for the management of acute non-specific low back pain, recommends a model of care that includes spinal manipulation. There is further evidence, including chiropractic audit, to support the benefit of chiropractic intervention.
What is the difference between a Chiropractor and an Osteopath?
Chiropractors and Osteopaths are reasonably similar but there are some key differences. Chiropractors use specific manipulation of a joint and vertebrae alongside other techniques such as soft tissue massage and ultrasound. Osteopaths often use more general manipulation techniques and massage of the whole body.
How many times will I need to come for treatment?
The amount of times you visit the clinic will depend on your particular condition, how severe it is, how long you have had the condition and your response to the treatment.
Will the treatment hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is usually painless unless an area is inflamed, which may result in some discomfort but the treatment can be modified to work around this. You may experience some temporary reaction to treatment, such as a slight increase in discomfort, or tiredness for a day or so.
Do I need to contact my GP?
You will not need to speak to your GP unless you wish to. Many GPs recommend chiropractic care to their patients. With your permission your chiropractor may wish to send a report to your GP as it is in your interest for their medical records to be kept up to date.
How can chiropractic treatment benefit me?
Chiropractic can help to alleviate discomfort, help you to reduce and manage pain, help you to return to normal activity, avoid recurrence through patient empowerment and promote good health and wellbeing.
What will happen at my first visit?
At your first appointment your full medical history, including details of any operations, accidents or illnesses, will be taken. You will then be given a physical examination to look at the joints most commonly associated with your problem and your spine for any areas of abnormal movement, if necessary you may be referred for X-rays if we feel it is clinically justified. At your second appointment you will be given a full verbal and written report and we will let you know how many visits you are likely to need.
Our chiropractors are registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and our osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council (GOC). All other therapists are fully registered and details are available upon request.
For more information and advice on chiropractic treatment visit the Chiropractic Patients Association.