FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does a treatment involve?
Usually a variety of mobilisations, manipulations, soft tissue techniques, pelvic realignment using blocks, activator techniques, home exercises to do alongside treatment and a rehab (exercise) programme upon completion of your treatment if needed.
Do I have to book all my treatments in advance?
No. Some people choose to book a few sessions up front if they have limited availability.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions will depend upon your diagnosis. 4-6 treatments are often enough to ease pain you have had for a short length of time. If you have suffered with your pain for years, it may take a little longer and it may be that a couple of maintenance appointments over the year will help to maintain results (eg Low Back Arthritis). You will be advised on approximately how many treatments you will need prior to commencing treatment. Children usually respond faster than adults and the more mature patient may take a little longer to respond due to slower healing times as we get a little older.
Do I have to undress?
You will be asked to undress down to underwear at the initial consultation but will be offered a long gown to wear, for cover. Assessing an individual's posture/alignment helps us greatly in your diagnosis. At the follow up sessions, gowns will still be provided however most people tend to opt for their own shorts +/- a vest top.
I have Osteoporosis. Can I have chiropractic treatment?
Yes absolutely. We modify our techniques accordingly and use mobilisations rather than adjustments to achieve the desired effects. We will advise on lifestyle changes to help.
I have arthritis. Is there anything you can do to help?
Yes absolutely. While we cannot change the structure of the arthritic joint, we can ease the pain that is coming from the soft tissues around the joint and advise you of helpful exercises to do.
I don't have any pain. Can I still be treated?
Chiropractic is not only about pain reduction but can help in preventing musculoskeletal problems arising. For example, many sports injuries/repetitive strain injuries often occur in one leg/arm only. ''All my injuries have been on my right leg''. ''My headaches are on the same side as my neck/arm pain''. There is often a muscular imbalance or weakness which can cause a pull or twist in the low back/pelvis, the end result of which is usually pain. This pain may be in the pelvic/low back itself but is often felt far away from where the cause of the problem is. We can usually find problems 'brewing' long before they cause any trouble. Chiropractic also strongly affects your nervous system: this controls everything from digestion (beyond our control) to going for a run (conscious control). There is also an evolving area of sports performance enhancement through chiropractic care.
Does my GP need to know I am having treatment?
In most circumstances, no. However, if we are concerned about any aspect of your problem or any other area of your health beyond our scope we may suggest you see your GP/we may write to them. We will always discuss this with you first.
Will I be treated at the first consultation?
In most circumstances, yes. You may not be treated if we need to refer you for an X-ray/MRI or other investigation prior to commencing treatment or if we believe your pain be coming from an organ for example. Eg a kidney infection. You will be referred to your GP in both instances.
I have migraines. Can you help me?
Probably, yes. There is often a cervicogenic (neck) component to a migraine. Many people find their migraine attacks are less debilitating and less frequent with regular chiropractic care.
What if the treatment doesn't work?
There is usually a reason for this and we will ensure you are referred to the appropriate person if you are not responding in the 'usual' timeframe for your diagnosis.
I've been adjusted before but I didn't like it. Can I have a treatment without being adjusted?
Yes, of course. We will always discuss what the treatment will entail, before starting. We have a variety of methods for achieving the same results so will find the one that suits you best.
What is the difference between Osteopathy and Chiropractic?
Good question. There are probably more variations between different chiropractors than there are between the two professions. We both have the same end goal in mind but perhaps go about it slightly differently. Chiropractors are however trained Radiographers (trained to take, interpret and report on x-rays to aid our treatment). We are also trained to Masters level (MSc). The Chiropractic adjustment is specific and aimed at a particular joint. The adjustment is applied into a particular direction.
Do Chiropractors have to go through Medical School first?
No, we are therefore Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) and not Doctors of Medicine (MD)
How long is the training?
5 years full time (same as a medical degree).
Can anyone be/call themselves a Chiropractor?
No, it is against the law. We are regulated by the General Chiropractic Council which sets out standards to safeguard you. We must undergo Continuing Professional Development in order to be retained on the GCC register.
I don't know whether Chiropractic can help my problem
The list of areas commonly treated is by no means exhaustive. We are more than happy to meet you in person for ten minutes or so to discuss your case without obligation to proceed: please ask for a free ten minute minute screen. We will advise on an appropriate alternative therapist if Chiropractic is unlikely to help you.